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12:45 PM 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GINNI THOMAS STAYS AWFULLY BUSY.... The bizarre right-wing activism of Ginni Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, has taken on a higher profile this year.  As she sees it, “there's a war going on against tyranny,” and in her worldview, the tyrants are America's elected leaders.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Virginia Thomas seeks apology from Anita Hill
Andrew Phelps / Hubbub:   Virginia Thomas Cancels ‘On Point’ Appearance
Anita Hill: No apology coming for Thomas testimony
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.
Fox News:
Palin: ‘Queen Bee’ of GOP ‘Mean Girls’ Has Message for Times' Dowd |  On the Record  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” Oct. 18, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Today the Tea Party Express launched …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pa. Democrat admits helping Tea Party candidate
Discussion: and JammieWearingFool
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea Party Express's pricey cruises
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tea Party of populist posers
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
'Don't tread on me': Tea Partiers denied the right to vote in Texas
Discussion: The Foundry
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 …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
MEMO: Health Insurance, Banking, Oil Industries Met With Koch, Chamber, Glenn Beck To Plot 2010 Election  —  In 2006, Koch Industries owner Charles Koch revealed to the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore that he coordinates the funding of the conservative infrastructure of front groups …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
A Fine Mahoke To You All  —  I usually tend to think the liberals …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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 …
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:   Unions making push for Sestak as polls show race tightening
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Joe Sestak Picking Up Last-Minute Momentum In Pennsylvania Senate Race
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
GOP in Lead in Final Lap  —  A vigorous post-Labor Day Democratic offensive has failed to diminish the resurgent Republicans' lead among likely voters, leaving the GOP poised for major gains in congressional elections two weeks away, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: GOP poised for big midterm gains
Emily Guevara / Tyler Morning Telegraph:
Sold-Out Crowd Gives Former President Bush Three Standing Ovations During Speech  —  Former President George W. Bush pulled back the curtain of the Oval Office and gave East Texans a picture of what his job was like during the high and low points.  —  With trademark humor and conviction …
Jack Coleman / blogs:
Rachel Maddow at Most Shameless: Claims GOP Congressman ‘Received Advance Notice’ of Oklahoma City Bombing  —  “Lean Forward,” MSNBC's new slogan suggests.  The better to stick a shiv in your opponent's back.  —  Ethics-averse Rachel Maddow did exactly that on her MSNBC show last night.
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Making Ignorance Chic  —  Casanova's rule for seduction was to tell a beautiful woman she was intelligent and an intelligent woman she was beautiful.  —  The false choice between intellectualism and sexuality in women has persisted through the ages.  There was no more poignant victim of it than Marilyn Monroe.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Opposing Excessive Rent, but Vague About His Own  —  Jimmy McMillan, running for governor as the candidate of the one-man Rent Is Too Damn High Party, stole the show at the debate on Monday night with his repeated and crystal-clear message: The.  Rent.  Is.  Too.  Damn.  High.
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Gov-election crusader has $800 rent
Discussion: City Room
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.
Colorado Pols:
You Knew They'd Hit The Wrong Markey Eventually  —  UPDATE #2: Rep. Ed Markey (the Democrat from Massachusetts — the male Markey) chimes in with his own quote: … UPDATE: We've created this handy-dandy tool that allows you to quickly figure out which Markey you are trying to discuss …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mediaite
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Cut Members Adrift  —  The Democratic Congressional Committee is spending millions of dollars in key districts around the country on late independent expenditures, demonstrating the districts Democrats believe can be saved from a national wave — and the members the party believes …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Ex-boss: “We were relieved” when Joe Miller left  —  Alaska GOP Senate candidate and Tea Partier Joe Miller, who is already under fire for breaking ethics rules while working as an attorney in 2008, had a rocky tenure at an earlier job at a top Anchorage law firm, his former supervisor tells Salon.
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 …
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
What About Bob?  —  Today marks six months since the explosion …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Inside a Secret DOD Prison in Afghanistan
Discussion: Salon
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
City won't prosecute in Miller forum scuffle at city school
Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Campaign Money Tends to Flow to the Opposition
New York Times:
Britain Details Radical Cuts in Spending, Citing Debt
Discussion: The Lede and Suburban Guerrilla
Wall Street Journal:
Where France Goes . . .  . . . other Western entitlement nations are likely to follow.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
EPA in the crosshairs
Discussion: Right Wing News
National Journal Online:
The Third Wave In A Row
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Report: In Obama's Chicago, stimulus weatherization money buys …
The Note:
Sparks Fly Between Nikki Haley, Vincent Sheheen in S.C. Governor's Debate
Discussion: The State, TPMDC and The Page
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Taliban Elite, Aided by NATO, Join Talks for Afghan Peace