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3:25 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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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.
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.
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Voters are not worried about ‘extreme’ label on candidates
Discussion: The Note and Commentary
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi ‘majority makers’ are facing electoral challenges
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tea Party of populist posers
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.
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Andrew Phelps / Hubbub:   Virginia Thomas Cancels ‘On Point’ Appearance
Andy Borowitz / News Desk:   Shouts & Murmurs: Three Things to Do When Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls You
Political Punch:
Virginia Thomas Leaves Anita Hill a Voicemail Asking for An Apology — Hill Says No
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 …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
A Fine Mahoke To You All  —  I usually tend to think the liberals …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 |  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: 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
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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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.
Jack Coleman / NewsBusters.org 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.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:   Maddow Falsely Claims Politician Had Advance Warning of Oklahoma City Bombing
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.
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 …
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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
Ryan Sibley / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Dark money: Super PACs fueled by $97.5 million that can't be traced to donors  —  Of the $189 million spent so far by Super PACs, non-profits and labor unions to influence the 2010 mid-term elections, $97.5 million has come from groups that do not disclose any donors, an analysis …
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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Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Has Voter Intimidation Already Begun?
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMMuckraker and Weigel
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DeMint hits Murkowski on abortion in TV ad
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
They're not elites, they're just wrong
Ezra Klein:
The individual mandate's problem is not the Constitution
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Sen. Murray has 1-point lead in Washington state
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Democrats suffer from Americans' unwillingness to accept economic reality
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 Earlier Items: 
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Rise of the bitter clingers
Discussion: protein wisdom
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
‘Manning up’ isn't the problem this election
Discussion: Women and Politics
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Cut Members Adrift
Discussion: Hot Air, AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Ex-boss: “We were relieved” when Joe Miller left
New York Times:
Britain Details Radical Spending Cuts, Citing Debt
Wall Street Journal:
Where France Goes . . .  . . . other Western entitlement nations are likely to follow.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
John Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Military Moves to Accept Gay Recruits
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Bailout Returns 8.2% Profit Beating Treasury Bonds
Discussion: Wonkette, Mediaite and Ezra Klein