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1:35 PM ET, October 20, 2010

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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  —  Ginni Thomas canceled her appearance on NPR's and WBUR's On Point — scheduled a week in advance — at the last minute.  The interview would have lasted 20 minutes and aired nationally.  Thomas' publicist said she had a “scheduling conflict.”
Political Punch:
Virginia Thomas Leaves Anita Hill a Voicemail Asking for An Apology — Hill Says No  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper, Ariane de Vogue and KGO's Mark Matthews report:  —  A few days ago, Brandeis University professor Anita Hill received a message on her voice mail at work.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GINNI THOMAS STAYS AWFULLY BUSY.... The bizarre right-wing activism of Ginni Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, has taken on a higher profile this year.  As she sees it, “there's a war going on against tyranny,” and in her worldview, the tyrants are America's elected leaders.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Virginia Thomas seeks apology from Anita Hill
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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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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
A Fine Mahoke To You All  —  I usually tend to think the liberals …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi ‘majority makers’ are facing electoral challenges  —  Two-term Democrats, whose victories helped secure the Speaker's job for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are facing the possibility of a near-wipeout in the Nov. 2 election.  —  Of 10 reelection races involving sophomore Democrats …
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.
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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: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea Party Express's pricey cruises
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tea Party of populist posers
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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Andy Barr / Reuters:
George W. Bush: Bailout call 'wasn't that hard'
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Barney Frank gives $200K to his campaign  —  Longtime Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has given his re-election campaign $200,000 as he faces his toughest race in years.  —  A campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed that Frank, the chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee, lent himself the money Tuesday.
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Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Rep. Barney Frank loans his campaign $200,000
Discussion: Ballot Box and Moe Lane
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Opposing Excessive Rent, but Vague About His Own  —  Jimmy McMillan, running for governor as the candidate of the one-man Rent Is Too Damn High Party, stole the show at the debate on Monday night with his repeated and crystal-clear message: The.  Rent.  Is.  Too.  Damn.  High.
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Gov-election crusader has $800 rent
Discussion: City Room
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.
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
GOP in Lead in Final Lap  —  A vigorous post-Labor Day Democratic offensive has failed to diminish the resurgent Republicans' lead among likely voters, leaving the GOP poised for major gains in congressional elections two weeks away, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Cut Members Adrift  —  The Democratic Congressional Committee is spending millions of dollars in key districts around the country on late independent expenditures, demonstrating the districts Democrats believe can be saved from a national wave — and the members the party believes …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Bailout Returns 8.2% Profit Beating Treasury Bonds  —  The U.S. government's bailout of financial firms through the Troubled Asset Relief Program provided taxpayers with higher returns than they could have made buying 30-year Treasury bonds — enough money to fund the Securities …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Gawker
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.
New York Times:
Britain Details Radical Cuts in Spending, Citing Debt  —  LONDON — Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled the country's steepest public spending cuts in decades on Wednesday, sharply reducing welfare benefits and eliminating almost half a million public sector jobs over the next four years …
Discussion: The Lede and Suburban Guerrilla
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
What About Bob?  —  Today marks six months since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, an event that caused oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.  Half a year later, we neither have a definitive answer about what caused the disaster, nor, as Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) …
 
 
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