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11:20 PM ET, October 20, 2010

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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Call a Waaahmbulance: NAACP exhaustively details how the Tea Party's connections empower racism  —  Cue the right-wing wailing and gnashing of teeth: The NAACP has now fully backed up its accusations of racism within the Tea Party movement with a meticulously documented report …
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Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Voters are not worried about ‘extreme’ label on candidates
Discussion: The Note, The Politico and Commentary
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea Party Express's pricey cruises
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
DOJ Probes TX Voter Intimidation Complaints During Tea Party Anti-Voter Fraud Drive
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Stays DADT Injunction  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips's Oct. 12 order in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States halting all enforcement of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy.
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New York Times:
Court Keeps Military Gay Policy for Now  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily stalled the landmark court decision allowing openly gay recruits to be accepted into the military.  —  In response to an emergency request from the government, a three-judge panel …
Advocate:
Appeals Court Grants DADT Stay
Discussion: Wake up America
Lpratapas / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: All tied up in Alaska Senate race  —  (CNN) - A new poll indicates a dead-even race in the Alaska battle between Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller and GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who's running for re-election as a write-in candidate.  But a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation …
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Vauhini Vara / Washington Wire:
Joe Miller Files FEC Complaint  —  Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller's campaign said it is filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that an independent expenditure committee violated federal law by “trying to influence the election” on behalf of Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Senate Republicans walk a fine line in Alaska
Discussion: 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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
George Soros' “foreign” money
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Blame Citizens United  —  Since the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United ruling in January, Democrats have consistently blamed it for allowing secretive, shady, special-interest money to flow unabated into the U.S. political system, corrupting elections at an unprecedented pace.
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Timothy Egan / Opinionator:   John Roberts's America
Ryan Sibley / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Dark money: Super PACs fueled by $97.5 million that can't be traced to donors
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Bush defends bailout of financial firms  —  Former President George W. Bush said a decision to use taxpayer money to bolster the financial system in 2008 wasn't difficult and was needed to avoid an economic collapse.  —  “Depression, no depression,” Bush told about 2,000 people during …
Discussion: Newsalert
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Emily Guevara / Tyler Morning Telegraph:
Sold-Out Crowd Gives Former President Bush Three Standing Ovations During Speech
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Bush: ‘I Miss Being Pampered’
Discussion: Shakesville
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 …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Every big Senate race just got closer  —  A new wave of polling shows virtually every close Senate race growing even more competitive, raising the pressure on both parties in the final days of the midterm campaign.  —  In several states, Democratic candidates are on the upswing.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Swampland
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Democrats try to woo women as more embrace GOP candidates
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: Blue Gal
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Glenn Beck: Evolution Is 'Ridiculous — I Haven't Seen A Half-Monkey, Half-Person Yet'  —  Have you ever seen a half-monkey, half-person?  No?  Well neither has Glenn Beck, which is how he knows evolution doesn't exist.  —  On his radio show today, Beck wondered how many people …
New York Times:
Spitzer's Harvard Club Application?  Rejected  —  In his emergence from political disgrace, Eliot Spitzer has played multiple roles: political commentator, financial columnist, college professor, and, most recently, CNN host.  —  One role he will not be playing: a member of the Harvard Club of New York City.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Citing Rep. Grayson's ‘gutter theatrics,’ GOP challenger refuses to debate  —  After Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attacked his Republican challenger Dan Webster as “Taliban Dan” in a recent campaign ad, Webster is refusing to share the stage with him for a debate.
Luke Funk / Traffic News:
Audit: NJ Turnpike Wasted Millions On Perks  —  MYFOXNY.COM - Auditors say the New Jersey Turnpike Authority wasted $43 million on unneeded perks and bonuses.  In one case, an employee with a base salary of $73,469 earned $321,985 when all payouts and bonuses were included.
Discussion: POWIP and National Review
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda Leader Dined at the Pentagon Just Months After 9/11  —  Oct. 2008: American-born Al Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.  —  Anwar Al-Awlaki may be the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list, but he was also a lunch guest of military brass …
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Oppose the Reelection of Anyone Who Voted for the Health Care Law, Auto Bailouts, Stimulus Plan  —  Incumbents, beware: The major votes you've cast in Congress over the past couple years appear likely to come back to haunt you this Election Day.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Team On Furor Over Foreclosures: ‘Problem For The Banks and Servicers To Fix’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Wednesday that the Obama administration will attempt to protect homeowners and police the kind of paperwork fraud …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Emptywheel
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
A Culture of Poverty  —  In 2008, I was sent out to the Democratic convention to work on a piece for this magazine about Michelle Obama.  I had just been hired on as a contributing editor, and was ecstatic.  There was a community of young bloggers out there—Chris Bodenner, Alyssa Rosenberg, Dayo Olapade etc.
Dan Froomkin / NiemanWatchdog.org:
Nine stories the press is underreporting — fraud, fraud and more fraud  —  From liars' loans to liars' liens, the financial and foreclosure crisis has been one big story of banks defrauding their customers — a vast criminal enterprise.  You wouldn't know it from a lot of the media coverage, though.
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House rejects gay judicial nominee
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Dems call for McCain investigation
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David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Commodity Futures Trading Commission judge says colleague biased …
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Afternoon Fix: Huckabee bashes Conway in new ad and robocall …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and GOP 12
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Fox News Jabs MSNBC's “Lean Forward” Campaign With Their Own “Move Forward” Promos
Discussion: Media Decoder and The Daily Caller
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Likely voters ready to embrace GOP
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
Mayor Endorses Sen. Gillibrand's ‘Stunning’ Looks
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
The individual mandate's problem is not the Constitution
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Wonk Room
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Republicans Kind of Suck ... Which Is Why They Will Win Huge in November
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Pelosi's Favorable Rating as Speaker Drops to 29%, a New Low