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10:15 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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why The Fuss About Jack Conway?
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Almost half of likely voters view healthcare reform unfavorably
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
99 Dem House seats in danger
Discussion: Commentary
David Brooks / New York Times:
Don't Follow the Money  —  Over the past few months …
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Crazy Carl (Paladino) and His Radical Plan for New York
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
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Anti-Reid group to Hispanic voters: 'Don't Vote'
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Barack Obama cuts radio ad for Barbara Boxer  —  President Barack Obama urges Californians to “get out and vote for Barbara Boxer” in a new radio ad being aired across the state by the Democratic senator's campaign.  —  “Barbara Boxer is fighting every single day for jobs …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Lauren Effron / ABCNEWS:
John McCain: Palin ‘Remarkable’ Like Reagan
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Lpratapas / CNN:
CNN's New Palin Interview  —  Reno, Nevada (CNN) - In an interview with CNN, Sarah Palin said she doesn't think the Tea Party will split the Republican Party but noted the GOP would be “through” if it strays from its core values.  —  “I think the machine within the GOP will realize …
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 …
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:
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Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Rich professors doth protest too much
Discussion: Right Wing News
The Huffington Post:
The New Tax Man: Big Banks And Hedge Funds
Discussion: The Agonist
Paul Krugman:
We're Not China  —  In various comments and other places …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Ruling on Health Law Is Due by End of Year
New York Times:
Tribune Board Said Ready to Oust Chief Executive
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller admits borough disciplined him
New York Times:
Largest Bank Will Resume Foreclosure Push in 23 States
Discussion: New York Magazine and DealBook
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Cooperation vs. Confrontation: Do Nice Guys Finish First?
Discussion: The Page
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Cleaner Energy
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
More Questions for Facebook  —  Two House members asked Facebook Inc …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP Legislator Who Crusaded Against College Sex Ed Classes Owns …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
L. Randall Wray / New Deal 2.0:
QE2 Won't Save Our Sinking Ship
Lpratapas / CNN:
In West Virginia, a debate about Obama
Discussion: The Politico