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4:20 PM ET, October 20, 2010

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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pa. Democrat admits helping Tea Party candidate  —  A Pennsylvania Democratic House candidate on Tuesday admitted to helping a third candidate get on the ballot in the hopes he would siphon votes away from his Republican opponent.  —  Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee running for the seat …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tea Party of populist posers  —  On the morning of Oct. 14, a cyber-insurgency caused servers to crash at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  —  The culprits, however, weren't attacking the chamber; they were well-meaning citizens who overwhelmed the big-business lobbying group with a sudden wave of online contributions.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea Party Express's pricey cruises  —  When the Tea Party Express helped Joe Miller win a shocking upset in Alaska's GOP Senate primary, it cruised to victory in more ways than one.  —  For seven weeks this summer, staff members of the political action committee coordinated their efforts …
Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
NAACP releases report accusing tea party groups of links to bigots  —  Three months ago in Kansas City, the NAACP first raised charges of racism within the tea party movement.  Today a report is being released accusing tea party groups of providing platforms to anti-Semites and other bigots.
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.
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Voters are not worried about ‘extreme’ label on candidates
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Commentary
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi ‘majority makers’ are facing electoral challenges
Andy Borowitz / News Desk:
Shouts & Murmurs: Three Things to Do When Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls You  —  Like many Americans, over the past several years I have been the recipient of multiple unwelcome voicemails from the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  These calls have come in the middle of the night …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Clarence Thomas's Wife Asks Anita Hill for Apology
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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Justices Scalia And Thomas's Attendance At Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Bush: ‘I Miss Being Pampered’
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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Fox News:
Palin: ‘Queen Bee’ of GOP ‘Mean Girls’ Has Message for Times' Dowd |
Discussion: Don Surber, Washington Post and Hot Air
Lynnette Curtis / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
TEA PARTY CROWD: Arizona sheriff urges crowd to vote for Angle
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Soros Donates $1 Million to Media Matters  —  Media Matters, the liberal activist group that wages a rhetorical war against Fox News Channel and others in the conservative press, will announce on Wednesday the receipt of a $1 million donation from the philanthropist George Soros.
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Soros gives $1 million to Media Matters
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Maddow Falsely Claims Politician Had Advance Warning of Oklahoma City Bombing  —  I'm pretty sure that this was an error, not a knowing misstatement—when you're on a daily news cycle, the sad fact is that you probably won't remember everything you've ever said.  Nonetheless, this demands a retraction:
Discussion: Political Byline
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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Virginia 4th-grade textbook criticized over claims on black Confederate soldiers  —  A textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War — a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking …
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 …
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.
Frank James / NPR:
Christine O'Donnell Stuns Audience With 1st Amendment Gaffe  —  Just when you thought Christine O'Donnell, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware, could do nothing further to top herself, she does.  —  At a Tuesday morning debate with her Democratic rival Chris Coons …
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Davis Intelligence Group:
CORKER: GOP WON'T REPEAL OBAMACARE  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) recently told a group of high-dollar GOP donors that Senate Republicans would not move to fully repeal President Obama's health care law next year, according to multiple sources who attended the event.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Just Knock It Off  —  Some of Israel's worst critics are fond of saying that Israel behaves like America's spoiled child.  I've always found that analogy excessive.  Say what you want about Israel's obstinacy at times, it remains the only country in the United Nations that another U.N. member …
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.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Seeks Spending Cuts, Details Are Scarce  —  WASHINGTON — In Indiana, Representative Mike Pence, the No. 3 House Republican, complains about “runaway federal spending on steroids.”  —  In Alaska, the Republican candidate for the Senate, Joe Miller, talks about “out of control spending.”
aolnews.com:
Ex-Congressman Linked to Chandra Levy Writing Book  —  In a law office in an upscale section of Los Angeles, an unfinished yet potentially explosive book manuscript by a controversial figure, former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, sits in a safe.  —  “I've read it.
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.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Democrats suffer from Americans' unwillingness to accept economic reality  —  It's one of the great fallacies in politics: Candidate Jones says X, Y and Z during the campaign.  Candidate Jones wins the election.  Ergo, the public agrees with X, Y and Z.  —  Certainly there are times …
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Republicans Kind of Suck ... Which Is Why They Will Win Huge in November  —  Because in the Democratic land of epic, mega, ultra, apocalyptic levels of sucking, those who kinda suck are king.  —  This election season has been hard on pundits.  The Democrats are going to get massacred in November …
Discussion: Moe Lane
 
 
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