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7:30 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 …
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Voters are not worried about ‘extreme’ label on candidates
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Commentary
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
DOJ Probes TX Voter Intimidation Complaints During Tea Party Anti-Voter Fraud Drive
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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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead
The Huffington Post:   Justices Scalia And Thomas's Attendance At Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Vauhini Vara / Washington Wire:   Joe Miller Files FEC Complaint
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Investor's Business Daily:
Decrees Of Separation  —  First Amendment: A law school audience fell into fits of laughter when a Senate candidate asked, “Where in the Constitution is separation of Church and State?”  In fact, the phrase is nowhere in the document.  —  Tuesday's debate between Delaware's U.S. Senate hopefuls …
Ezra Klein:
The case for a foreclosure moratorium  —  John Taylor is president and chief executive of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and he's among those calling for a foreclosure moratorium — and not just because the paperwork was awry.  We spoke this afternoon.
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Commodity Futures Trading Commission judge says colleague biased against complainants  —  As George H. Painter was preparing to retire recently as one of two administrative law judges presiding over investor complaints at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, he issued an extraordinary request:
Ezra Klein:
The individual mandate's problem is not the Constitution  —  Here are some of the Republican senators who co-sponsored an individual mandate for health care when it was included in John Chafee's 1993 bill and are still serving in the upper chamber: Bob Bennett, Kit Bond, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Richard Lugar.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Wonk Room
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 …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Rise of the bitter clingers  —  Many of my more enlightened friends like to ask me: How could someone as intellectually gifted, delightfully urbane, profoundly moral and breathlessly handsome not want to spit at these stupid Tea Party candidates with their stupid positions and their stupid stupidity?
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
 
 
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
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Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
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Flathead Beacon:
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