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9:50 AM ET, October 19, 2010

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Conway Rorschach  —  I'm fascinated by the divide among Democrats in reaction to Jack Conway's fusillade over the weekend against Rand Paul.  I first saw the ‘Aqua Buddha’ ad late Saturday afternoon in an email blast from Conway campaign.  And my jaw dropped.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why The Fuss About Jack Conway?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: Repeal not best tactic on health reform  —  A top Senate Republican suggested Monday night that the party's prevailing strategies to curtail the new healthcare law might not be good ideas.  —  Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Almost half of likely voters view healthcare reform unfavorably
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of  —  HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — What if a president cut Americans' income taxes by $116 billion and nobody noticed?  —  It is not a rhetorical question.  At Pig Pickin' and Politickin', a barbecue-fed rally organized here last week by a Republican women's club …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
Quinnipiac University:
Kasich Holds Off Strickland In Ohio Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Independent Voters Back Republican Almost 2-1  —  Republican John Kasich remains in command of the Ohio governor's race with a 51 - 41 percent likely voter lead over Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Albany Governor Debate Verges on Farce  —  The moderators' questions were frequently ignored.  The candidates barely looked at one another.  One wore black gloves and spoke of himself repeatedly in the third person.  And Andrew M. Cuomo, the Democratic candidate and the race's front-runner, at times struggled to suppress laughter.
Discussion: Politerati and Towleroad News #gay
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Crazy Carl (Paladino) and His Radical Plan for New York
Steve / What Do I Know?:
Joe Miller: “If East Germany could, we could.”  —  I went to the Joe Miller town hall this afternoon at Central Middle School.  It was an interesting session, about 175 people, and I was impressed with how courteous, for the most part, the audience was with several questions from people who were clearly not Miller supporters.
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The Daily Caller:
Guy gets revenge on ex-girlfriend on CSPAN2  —  When the audience gathered for a Book TV discussion of Jonah Goldberg's new book, “Proud to be Right,” they got more than your average CSPAN fare.  —  It turns out panelists Todd Seavey and Helen Rittelmeyer, both contributors to Goldberg's collection …
Jackson Diehl / PostPartisan:
How Obama sabotaged Middle East peace talks  —  For 15 years and more, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conducted peace talks with Israel in the absence of a freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  Now, it appears as likely as not that his newborn negotiations …
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
That Sinking Feeling  —  Barack Obama seems to think he's done a pretty terrific job as president, but maybe he hasn't trumpeted his accomplishments effectively enough.  —  He told The Times's Peter Baker, in an interview for the Sunday magazine, “Given how much stuff was coming at us …
Discussion: Economist's View and Commentary
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Coming Right Out & Saying It  —  There are a lot of subterranean efforts afoot around the country right now to suppress the vote of various racial minorities.  But a group styling itself Latinos for Reform is taken a more straightforward approach: their running ads in Nevada asking Latino voters simply not to vote.
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Confusion was the word of the day on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” this morning when the panel questioned why so many women have been drawn to the Tea Party movement.  —  Co-host Mika Brzezinski, The New York Times' Sam Tanenhaus, CBS's Lesley Stahl, columnist Mike Barnicle, and Newsweek's Jon Meacham …
Discussion: Hot Air
RushLimbaugh.com:
Helpless Liberals Watch as Obama Switches from Messiah to Demon  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: I don't care where you look today, folks.  Everywhere in the State-Controlled Media, this election is being reported as a Democrat disaster.  Anywhere from 55 to 70, maybe 80 seats in the House …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Holds Solid Leads in Voter Preferences for Another Week  —  Gallup trends from prior midterm years suggest shifts are still possible  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's tracking of the generic ballot for Congress finds Republicans leading Democrats by 5 percentage points among registered voters …
Victorino Matus / Weekly Standard:
Ick-arus Syndrome  —  Do poor ratings for ‘Parker Spitzer’ mean viewers have yet to forgive the former governor?  —  “Struggling cable news net CNN has fallen to another 10-year low in terms of ratings,” MediaBuyerPlanner reported last week. … This isn't the way it was supposed to happen.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Citing health care law, Boeing pares employee plan  —  WASHINGTON - Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers.  —  In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Cooperation vs. Confrontation: Do Nice Guys Finish First?  —  Obama Seen as More Cooperative Than Other Political Players  —  If nice guys finished first, Barack Obama might be riding high.  —  So suggests the latest ABC News/Yahoo! News poll, in which Obama far outpoints other players …
Discussion: The Page
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP Legislator Who Crusaded Against College Sex Ed Classes Owns Company That Sells Kinky Sex Gadgets  —  In the winter of 2009, Georgia state legislator Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) led a high-profile campaign against the teaching of public university courses that dealt with sexual health and related topics.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Judge Skeptical of Govt. Arguments  —  If a Monday afternoon federal court hearing in Riverside, Calif., was any indication, a recent judicial ruling barring any enforcement of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy will remain in effect unless a higher court intervenes.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
THE MOST ‘FRIENDED’ CANDIDATES  —  It may be sad, but it's probably true: The future of elections might come down to who has the most Facebook friends.  —  There's a new site up that tracks the Facebook friends of this year's candidates.  We've combed the numbers for the most “friended” politicos around:
The Note:
ABC News Exclusive: Tea Party Candidate in Nevada Senate May Tip the Scales in Reid's Favor  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  Scott Ashjian calls himself the “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate for U.S. Senate, but he tells ABC News that he would be “at peace” knowing he helped re-elect Harry Reid …
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle to Hispanic children: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me”
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
It's Official: Obama Has Now Borrowed $3 Trillion  —  It's official: The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.  —  It took from 1776, when the United States became an independent country, until 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall fell signaling victory …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Cleaner Energy  —  SALINA, Kan. — Residents of this deeply conservative city do not put much stock in scientific predictions of climate change.  —  “Don't mention global warming,” warned Nancy Jackson, chairwoman of the Climate and Energy Project …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Brief Update on 116 House Races  —  As promised, here is a quick update on that May list of 99 open seats or vulnerable Democrats.  As you can see, quite a few have been added; we're now up to 116.  However, this list includes some races that appeared as potentially competitive earlier and now aren't …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats' Grip on the South Continues to Slip  —  JONESBORO, Ark. — The Southern white Democrat, long on the endangered list, is at risk of being pushed one step closer to extinction.  —  From Virginia to Florida and South Carolina to Texas, nearly two dozen Democratic seats are susceptible …
New York Times:
Tribune Board Said Ready to Oust Chief Executive  —  The board of directors of the Tribune Company is expected to ask for the resignation of Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive of the company, on Tuesday, according to a person directly involved in the matter.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
More Questions for Facebook  —  Two House members asked Facebook Inc. for more details about the way applications on the social network handle user information, following revelations of new privacy concerns.  —  U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D., Mass.) and Joe Barton (R., Texas) …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping  —  WASHINGTON — Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requires phone and broadband carriers to ensure that their networks can be wiretapped, federal officials say.
Discussion: Raw Story and Prairie Weather
 
 
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