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11:10 AM 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.
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.
Anita Hill: No apology coming for Thomas testimony
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.
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
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Historic Illiteracy: Idiot Sarah Palin “Party Like It's 1773” After The Election!
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
'Don't tread on me': Tea Partiers denied the right to vote in Texas
Discussion: The Foundry
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tea Party of populist posers
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
More than a dozen House Democrats now want Pelosi out as Speaker
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.
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: GOP poised for big midterm gains
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.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama to Appear on “Daily Show” Ahead of Midterms
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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Kirk wants outside groups to disclose donors  —  Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said Tuesday that outside groups spending to influence his Senate race with Democrat Alexi Giannoulias should disclose their donors and be “fully transparent.”  —  Kirk made the comments in response to a question …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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
Jack Coleman / 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.
The Politico:
EPA in the crosshairs  —  “If we have the gavel, I can assure you that the oversight subcommittee will be very busy,” Upton told POLITICO, adding that Browner can also expect frequent invitations to testify.  “We'll have a seat reserved for her,” he said.  —  Energy and Commerce …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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: ThinkProgress and Ezra Klein
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.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Taliban Elite, Aided by NATO, Join Talks for Afghan Peace  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Talks to end the war in Afghanistan involve extensive, face-to-face discussions with Taliban commanders from the highest levels of the group's leadership, who are secretly leaving their sanctuaries in Pakistan …
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 …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats bank on early voting to bridge enthusiasm gap  —  LAS VEGAS - Walter Grimsley woke up Saturday morning and remembered he had an errand to run.  He had to go vote.  —  The government retiree's phone had been ringing every few hours with reminder calls from Democratic volunteers.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Where France Goes . . .  . . . other Western entitlement nations are likely to follow.  —  Americans arriving in Paris these days will notice that France's planes, trains and automobiles are all being slowed or stopped by nationwide protests over President Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal to raise …
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The limits of voter registration  —  New York political consultant Jerry Skurnik takes the opportunity of a local politician's indictment for using public money to fund his own campaign's voter registration efforts to look at the efficacy of such operations.
Discussion: Room Eight blogs
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Fed Wants Banks to Buy Back Some Bad Mortgages  —  To the long list of those picking fights with banks over bad mortgages, add the Federal Reserve.  —  Two years after the Fed bought billions of dollars in mortgage securities as part of the financial bailout, its New York arm is questioning the paperwork …
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
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Fox News:
‘Radical-in-Chief’ Details Obama's Socialist Convictions | Hannity
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and National Review
Jessica Calefati / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie invites former Washington D.C. schools chief …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Beltway Confidential
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Ex-boss: “We were relieved” when Joe Miller left
National Journal Online:
The Third Wave In A Row
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
RACE OF THE DAY — Minn.-08
Discussion: The Politico, NECN and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Americans Say U.S. Is Too Politically Correct
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Appelstein / A to Z:
Interview: Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground Sets the Record Straight
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Report: In Obama's Chicago, stimulus weatherization money buys …
The Note:
Sparks Fly Between Nikki Haley, Vincent Sheheen in S.C. Governor's Debate
Discussion: The Page
Matthew Rettenmund / boy culture:
They Want Him For A New Recruit