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2:50 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
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Virginia Thomas seeks apology from Anita Hill
Political Punch:
Virginia Thomas Leaves Anita Hill a Voicemail Asking for An Apology — Hill Says No
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
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Kochs' Paranoid Style
Discussion: Weigel
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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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.
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tea Party of populist posers
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: Hot Air
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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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.
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.
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.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Military Moves to Accept Gay Recruits  —  The United States military, for the first time, is allowing its recruiters to accept openly gay and lesbian applicants.  —  The historic move follows a series of decisions by a federal judge in California, Virginia A. Phillips …
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
DOJ Appeals DADT Stay Request to the Ninth Circuit
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Wonk Room
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ryan Sibley / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Dark money: Super PACs fueled by $97 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, just $98.6 million can be traced back to donors, an analysis of Federal Election Commission contribution records shows.
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
Patrick / palingates:
Revealed: Joe Miller hired security company whose owner is local commander and supplier of extreme Alaska militia, led by AIP-member Norm Olson  —  Investigating Joe Miller turns out to be a lot of fun.  The skeletons in his closet ALMOST match those of Sarah Palin.
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
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, Mediaite and ThinkProgress
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
They're not elites, they're just wrong  —  Anne Applebaum, a serious woman wed to the serious Radek Sikorski, and the author of a great book on the Soviet Gulag, is defending the court of President Obama against charges made by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Ginni Thomas, et al …
Frank James / NPR:
Christine O'Donnell Stuns Audience With 1st Amendment Gaffe  —  Just when you thought Christine O'Donnell, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware, could do nothing further to top herself, she does.  —  At a Tuesday morning debate with her Democratic rival Chris Coons …
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
The individual mandate's problem is not the Constitution
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Sen. Murray has 1-point lead in Washington state
Discussion: TPMDC and The Page
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
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
What About Bob?  —  Today marks six months since the explosion …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Gov-election crusader has $800 rent
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Cut Members Adrift
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Ex-boss: “We were relieved” when Joe Miller left
New York Times:
Britain Details Radical Cuts in Spending, Citing Debt
Discussion: The Lede and Suburban Guerrilla
Wall Street Journal:
Where France Goes . . .  . . . other Western entitlement nations are likely to follow.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi ‘majority makers’ are facing electoral challenges
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Report: In Obama's Chicago, stimulus weatherization money buys …