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11:50 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, Commentary and The Politico
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea Party Express's pricey cruises
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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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  —  George Soros announced today that he was making his first-ever contribution to Media Matters, in the amount of $1 million.  Rush Limbaugh denounced this as “foreign money in American politics” and called Soros “a foreigner.”
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 …
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:   Don't Blame Citizens United
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:   John Roberts's America
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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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 …
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
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Majority of independent voters say Dem leadership is more left wing than they are  —  In another potentially troubling sign for Democratic candidates, three in five independent voters in key House districts say Congress's Democratic leadership is to the left of them on the political spectrum.
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Rival Gives Frank Some Unflattering New Steps  —  REVERE, Mass. — Representative Barney Frank was dancing around the issues — first doing a version of the Running Man, then the Sprinkler, then a disco boogie.  —  The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation.
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
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 …
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
GOP Has Absentee Ballot Advantage in Pennsylvania  —  While Rep. Joe Sestak (D) appears to have seized the momentum in Pennsylvania's Senate contest, Keystone State Republicans are far more active than Democrats in early voting activity, according to absentee balloting figures released by the state Wednesday at Roll Call's request.
 
 
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Cindy Sheehan Goes Republican
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House rejects gay judicial nominee
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dems call for McCain investigation
Discussion: Daily Kos
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Afternoon Fix: Huckabee bashes Conway in new ad and robocall …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and GOP 12
Peter Bosshard / The Huffington Post:
Conflict at Zambian Mine Casts a Shadow on Chinese Labor Practices
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: Washington Post and Politics Daily
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Dems want FEC slam on Linda McMahon
Discussion: sisu
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
Mayor Endorses Sen. Gillibrand's ‘Stunning’ Looks
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