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5:05 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.
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Voters are not worried about ‘extreme’ label on candidates  —  Democratic attacks on Republicans and the Tea Party for being too extreme are failing to sway voters, according to The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll.  —  Only 15 percent of likely Democratic voters said they were voting to …
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Commentary
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Call a Waaahmbulance: NAACP exhaustively details how the Tea …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Reports that two Supreme Court Justices have attended seminars sponsored by the energy giant and conservative bankroller Koch Industries has sparked a mild debate over judicial ethics.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer cutting monster checks to help out fellow Senate Democrats
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
DeMint going up on air for Miller  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is debuting an Alaska ad aiding the embattled Senate nominee he has endorsed, Joe Miller, by highlighting his anti-abortion rights position.  —  DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund is funding an advertisement that begins airing …
Discussion: The Mudflats and National Review
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Justin Elliott / Salon:
Ex-boss: “We were relieved” when Joe Miller left
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
GOP Pennsylvania congressman says he would support Gov. Christie as presidential contender  —  ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Christie-for-president drumbeat continued today as Gov. Chris Christie made yet another out-of-state stop on his national political tour.  —  Rep. Charlie Dent …
Discussion: The Hill
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Chris Christie: No vice presidential run in 2012
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.”
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
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Figuring Out the Cost of Mortgage Put-Backs.  —  One important aspect of the foreclosure fraud scandal are the increasing number of “put-backs,” cases where investors who own failing mortgage-backed securities are discovering just how bad the paperwork is behind these instruments and legally forcing …
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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Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
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Erica Orden / Metropolis:
Rent Is Too Damn High: Single Issue, Singular Candidate
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Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Has Voter Intimidation Already Begun?
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
They're not elites, they're just wrong
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
The individual mandate's problem is not the Constitution
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Republicans Kind of Suck ... Which Is Why They Will Win Huge in November
Discussion: Moe Lane
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Democrats suffer from Americans' unwillingness to accept economic reality
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Rise of the bitter clingers
Discussion: protein wisdom
John Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Military Moves to Accept Gay Recruits