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11:45 AM ET, October 19, 2010


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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
99 Dem House seats in danger  —  With two weeks remaining until Election Day, the political map has expanded to put Democrats on the run across the country - with 99 Democratic-held House seats now in play, according to a POLITICO analysis, and Republicans well in reach of retaking the House.
Discussion: CNN and The Jawa Report
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bill Clinton's Impact More Positive for Democrats Than Obama's  —  Obama's impact significantly more negative among independents  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former President Bill Clinton has the potential to do more good for Democratic candidates on whose behalf he campaigns than does President Barack Obama.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and American Power
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oh, the pain!  Voters of all stripes — even Republicans …
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
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.
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 taking a more straightforward approach: they're running ads in Nevada asking Latino voters simply not to vote.
Charleston Daily Mail:
U.S. Senate endorsement: John Raese  —  The nation is on the wrong track, and changing the Senate is essential  —  WEST Virginians must soon choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate for the next two years.  The issue in the race is how Democrats have used their 59-41 majority …
Discussion: The Note and National Review
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:   Fox News Polls Track Close Races in Key States
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 …
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: Repeal not best tactic on healthcare law  —  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 …
Discussion: RedState
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Almost half of likely voters view healthcare reform unfavorably
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Rich professors doth protest too much  —  President Barack Obama plans to raise taxes on “the rich,” and he defines rich as those making more than $250,000 a year.  Two professors at prestigious universities have started brush fires on the Web during the past couple of weeks by taking issue and offering themselves as examples.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Althouse
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Judge tentatively rejects 'don't ask, don't tell' stay request  —  The federal government had asked to delay enforcement of the ruling allowing gays to serve openly in the military.  A final decision is expected Tuesday.  —  A federal judge in Riverside who declared the military's “don't ask …
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Judge Skeptical of Govt. Arguments
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National Debt Up $3 Trillion on Obama's Watch  —  New numbers posted today on the Treasury Department website show the National Debt has increased by more than $3 trillion since President Obama took office.  —  The National Debt stood at $10.626 trillion the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated.
Discussion: The Foundry and Hot Air
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 …
Crazy “Rent Is Too Damn High” Candidate Steals the Show at NY Gov. Debate  —  We told you that tonight's New York gubernatorial debate—with seven participants!—would be crazy, but we could have never anticipated this level of it: watch as Jimmy McMillan, of the “Rent Is Too Damn High” party, uh... introduces himself.
Frank A. Sicoli / Politics Daily:
New York Governor Debate: The Circus Is in Town (and 'the Rent Is Too Damn High')
Discussion: City Room
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 …
Rick Manning / Pundits Blog:
Charles Lollar is pinning down Hoyer  —  You know the Democrats are in trouble when Steny Hoyer hits the airwaves in his campaign to retain his seat in Congress.  Hoyer, whose seat was generously drawn for him by Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, usually uses his campaign largesse …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Don't Follow the Money  —  Over the past few months, there's been a torrent of commentary about political donations and campaign spending.  This lavish coverage is based on the premise that campaign spending has an important influence on elections.  —  I can see why media consultants …
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE WHITE BOARD RETURNS.... Three weeks ago, Austan Goolsbee, the new chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, unveiled the “White House White Board.”  In a helpful little clip, Goolsbee used a sharpie and a dry-erase board to explain the debate over tax policy — and he did it quite well.
Docs on Pharma Payroll Have Blemished Records, Limited Credentials  —  The Ohio medical board concluded that pain physician William D. Leak had performed “unnecessary” nerve tests on 20 patients and subjected some to “an excessive number of invasive procedures,” including injections of agents that destroy nerve tissue.
Discussion: Yglesias and News Desk
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
GOP targets Harry Reid for living at the Ritz  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) Washington address has emerged as an issue in his race against Republican Sharron Angle.  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) went up with its first TV ad in Nevada on Tuesday …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Senate tied  —  You can put Pennsylvania Senate back in the toss up category.  Joe Sestak leads Pat Toomey 46-45 in our newest poll of the race, erasing the 9 point deficit he had in an August PPP survey.  —  Toomey's support has remained stagnant over the last 2 months …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Officials Push to Bolster Law on 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.
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Canada annoyed with Sharron Angle  —  Canada's ambassador to the U.S. has called on Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle to take back her claim that terrorists have come into the country over the northern border.  —  “Our Northern border is where the terrorists came through,” Angle told a group of Hispanic students last week.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Conway's Attack On Paul Slammed By Fellow Dems  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats in Kentucky and elsewhere seem ready to bail — perhaps wholesale — on Democrat Jack Conway for his “mocking Christianity” attack on Dr. Rand Paul.  —  “I wouldn't have done it,” …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama the snob  —  After a series of ineffective public messages …
Discussion: Verum Serum and Commentary
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP House Leaders Seek to Avoid Mistakes of '94
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Barack Obama cuts radio ad for Barbara Boxer
Discussion: Right Wing News
The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Hot Air