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9:55 AM ET, October 20, 2010


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Clarence Thomas's Wife Asks Anita Hill for Apology  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 years after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Thomas's wife has called Ms. Hill, seeking an apology.
Political Punch:
Virginia Thomas Leaves Anita Hill a Voicemail Asking for An Apology — Hill Says No  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper, Ariane de Vogue and KGO's Mark Matthews report:  —  A few days ago, Brandeis University professor Anita Hill received a message on her voice mail at work.
Anita Hill: No apology coming for Thomas testimony
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Ginni Thomas seeks Hill apology, in vain
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Historic Illiteracy: Idiot Sarah Palin “Party Like It's 1773” After The Election!  —  OMG, will this blithering idiot ever shut up?! … I mean, 1773?!  WOW.  Glad I wasn't the only one who caught this latest Palin gaffe:  —  And finally, channeling the Insane Clown Posse:
Michelle Malkin:
The significance of 1773: Moron leftists mock Palin, embarrass themselves  —  Scroll for updates...  Sarah Palin wisely warned Tea Party activists to keep working hard right up until Election Day — and not to “party like it's 1773″ yet.  —  Intellectually superior leftists …
Fox News:
Palin: ‘Queen Bee’ of GOP ‘Mean Girls’ Has Message for Times' Dowd |
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:   'Don't tread on me': Tea Partiers denied the right to vote in Texas
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Barney Frank gives $200K to his campaign  —  Longtime Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has given his re-election campaign $200,000 as he faces his toughest race in years.  —  A campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed that Frank, the chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee, lent himself the money Tuesday.
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: GOP poised for big midterm gains
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Desperation: Barney Frank lent campaign $200,000 in third quarter
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GayPatriot
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead  —  A secretive network of Republican donors is heading to the Palm Springs area for a long weekend in January, but it will not be to relax after a hard-fought election — it will be to plan for the next one.  —  Koch Industries …
Political Punch:
Is Obama Skipping Temple Over Headgear?  —  From Russell Goldman and Jake Tapper:  —  On an upcoming trip to India, President Obama will skip visiting one of the country's most sacred shrines out of fear that wearing the requisite headgear might make him appear Muslim, according to reports from the United States and India.
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi ‘majority makers’ are facing electoral challenges  —  Two-term Democrats, whose victories helped secure the Speaker's job for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are facing the possibility of a near-wipeout in the Nov. 2 election.  —  Of 10 reelection races involving sophomore Democrats …
The Politico:
EPA in the crosshairs  —  “If we have the gavel, I can assure you that the oversight subcommittee will be very busy,” Upton told POLITICO, adding that Browner can also expect frequent invitations to testify.  “We'll have a seat reserved for her,” he said.  —  Energy and Commerce …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats bank on early voting to bridge enthusiasm gap  —  LAS VEGAS - Walter Grimsley woke up Saturday morning and remembered he had an errand to run.  He had to go vote.  —  The government retiree's phone had been ringing every few hours with reminder calls from Democratic volunteers.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Pelosi's Favorable Rating as Speaker Drops to 29%, a New Low  —  Nearly 6 in 10 independents now view her unfavorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's favorable rating is down seven percentage points since May to 29%, a new low for her since assuming the top congressional post.
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Poll: Joe Sestak overtakes Pat Toomey  —  New U.S. Senate poll shows Democrat with three-point lead.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Sestak has pulled ahead of Pat Toomey after trailing for months in their closely watched Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race, an independent poll confirms.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
RACE OF THE DAY — Minn.-08  —  There wasn't much “Minnesota nice” on display when the supporters of Rep. Jim Oberstar and his Republican challenger clashed.  —  There wasn't much “Minnesota nice” on display when the supporters of Rep. Jim Oberstar and his Republican challenger clashed at a debate Tuesday.
Discussion: The Politico, NECN and Hot Air
Scott / Power Line:   Highway 61 Revisited  —  Up in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Taliban Elite, Aided by NATO, Join Talks for Afghan Peace  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Talks to end the war in Afghanistan involve extensive, face-to-face discussions with Taliban commanders from the highest levels of the group's leadership, who are secretly leaving their sanctuaries in Pakistan …
Associated Press:
Obama to appear on ‘The Daily Show’  —  President is set to tape appearance on Oct. 27  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is taking his campaign message to “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.  —  White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer says Obama is taping an appearance on Oct. 27, just days before the Nov. 2 elections.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Military Moves to Accept Gay Recruits  —  The United States military, for the first time, is allowing its recruiters to accept openly gay and lesbian applicants.  —  The historic move follows a series of decisions by a federal judge in California, Virginia A. Phillips …
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Military to accept openly gay recruits
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Agonist
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
Poll Watchers Claim Harassment And Intimidation At Houston, Texas Voting Places  —  Mediaite's Tommy Christopher reports voter intimidation in Harris County, Texas (Houston) by volunteer poll watchers trained by King Street Patriots, a local non-partisan group who started the True The Vote campaign.
Wall Street Bailout Returns 8.2% Profit Beating Treasury Bonds  —  The U.S. government's bailout of financial firms through the Troubled Asset Relief Program provided taxpayers with higher returns than they could have made buying 30-year Treasury bonds — enough money to fund the Securities …
National Journal Online:
The Third Wave In A Row  —  Republicans had a tsunami phase, then Democrats had a natural tightening, and now things have stabilized in the Newton's Laws of Motion-phase, where for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  One state might be improving for Democrats …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Matthew Rettenmund / boy culture:
They Want Him For A New Recruit  —  I just spent an hour and 45 minutes at the military-recruitment station in Times Square, where former Lt. Dan Choi attempted to enlist in the Marines.  Honorably discharged from the Army under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Choi told me he'd always dreamed of being a Marine …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
POLL: Only 1-in-4 see American Dream as still attainable for everyone in the U.S.  —  Just one in every four voters in 10 battleground House districts says the American Dream is “still there for everyone,” while four in 10 say the dream exists “only for some people,” according to The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Spiegel Online:
‘Obama Has Turned Out to Be an Utter Disaster’  —  Karl Rove was one of President George W. Bush's closest advisers.  SPIEGEL spoke with the political analyst about the widespread anger against Barack Obama and the prospects of Tea Party success in the coming midterm elections.
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Report: In Obama's Chicago, stimulus weatherization money buys shoddy work, widespread fraud  —  Projects to weatherize homes are a key part of the Obama administration's fusion of stimulus spending and the green agenda.  But a new report by the Department of Energy has found serious problems …
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Americans Say U.S. Is Too Politically Correct  —  It may not be politically correct to say it, but most Americans think the country's gotten too PC and see that as a problem.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Adults believe America today has become …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
CIA sues ex-agent for book's breach of ‘secrecy’
David Catanese / The Politico:
Alexi Giannoulias to Mark Kirk: ‘Were you shot at?’
Discussion: Washington Wire and Politics Daily
Mike Appelstein / A to Z:
Interview: Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground Sets the Record Straight
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Following in Clinton's footsteps, Obama to leave town after election
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Seeks Spending Cuts, Details Are Scarce
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Matt Duss / Foreign Policy:
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State of the Race in California
The Note:
Sparks Fly Between Nikki Haley, Vincent Sheheen in S.C. Governor's Debate
Discussion: The Page
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin's Tweet: A Typo or Something Worse?
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Washington Post