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4:55 PM ET, October 19, 2010

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Ben Evans / Associated Press:
O'Donnell questions separation of church, state  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion.
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Christine O'Donnell: “Where in the Constitution is the Separation of Church and State?”  —  Updated: 11:51am ET.  —  Republican Senate Candidate Christine O'Donnell today challenged her Democratic opponent Chris Coons on his statement that the Constitution disallowed the integration of religion …
Michelle Malkin:
Chris Coons can't name the five freedoms in the First Amendment  —  That's right.  Delaware Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons can't name the five freedoms in the First Amendment.  —  But all you'll hear from the MSM today is that Christine O'Donnell — correctly …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Univision shuts down 'Don't Vote' ad  —  The Spanish-language network Univision has refused to air an ad from a GOP-led Hispanic group telling Hispanic voters to sit out the race between Sharron Angle and Harry Reid.  —  “Univision will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Maker Of Ad Telling Latinos Not To Vote Has Long History In GOP (VIDEO)
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
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 …
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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:
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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 …
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: Don't 'party like it's 1773' just yet
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Joe Miller's private “guards” were active-duty military  —  The private “guards” working for GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller  —  One of the more disturbing election incidents took place in Alaska on Sunday night, when private “guards” working for GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller forcibly detained …
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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.
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
American Mustache Institute Endorses Jimmy McMillan for Governor
Discussion: Gothamist
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat says he's heard Pelosi won't run again for Speaker  —  A House Democratic lawmaker said late last week that he'd heard Nancy Pelosi wouldn't seek another term as Speaker.  —  Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) said that not only would he not back Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker again …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gregg: Repeal not best tactic on healthcare law
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Early vote a bad omen for Harry Reid
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants  —  Pentagon: Potential recruits must be told 'don't ask, don't tell' could be reinstated  — msnbc.com - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Countdown - Maddow - Hardball - msnbc tv - Newsvine - EveryBlock
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Adam Levine / CNN:
Military recruiters told they can accept openly gay applicants
Discussion: Advocate
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Palin Endorses Raese In Pennsylvania — But He's From West Virginia  —  Pennsylvania voters can't afford cap and trade legislation, says Sarah Palin.  And that's why they need to send Republican John Raese to the Senate.  —  Except that John Raese is the Republican nominee in West Virginia.
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Charleston Daily Mail:
U.S. Senate endorsement: John Raese
Discussion: Fox News, The Note and National Review
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats Remain Favored to Retain Senate
National Journal Online:
No Biden-Clinton Swap in the Works, Obama Says  —  President Obama signaled today that he will seek reelection and dismissed as “completely unfounded” reports that he might replace Vice President Joe Biden on his 2012 ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Aqua Buddha prank victim: Jack Conway ad is “over the top,” but accurate, raises legit questions  —  Dem Jack Conway's new ad hammering Rand Paul over his college excesses is accurate on the facts, and it's legit to raise questions about his past views as a way of probing whether his current posture …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama the snob  —  After a series of ineffective public messages — leaving the political landscape dotted with dry rhetorical wells — President Obama has hit upon a closing argument.  —  “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now,” he recently told a group of Democratic donors …
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 …
Kimball Perry / Cincinnati.com:
Lawsuit: CPS pushing Democrats  —  Three van loads of Hughes High students were taken last week - during school hours - to vote and given sample ballots only for Democratic candidates and then taken for ice cream, a Monday lawsuit alleges.  —  The complaint was made by Thomas Brinkman Jr. …
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.
 
 
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
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Sara A. Carter / Washington Examiner:
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DCCC:
LOOKING AT THE POLLS...  Rahm Emanuel just sent this message to DCCC supporters:
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Caucus
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