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10:15 PM ET, October 23, 2010


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Bob Susnjara / Daily Herald:
LMV official: Pledge of Allegiance demand ‘phony patriotism’  —  The crowd breaks into the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of Wednesday night's candidates forum with 8th Congressional District candidates Joe Walsh, Melissa Bean and Bill Scheurer at Grayslake Central High School.  —  BOB CHWEDYK
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Unreal.  Far Left Debate Moderator & OFA Worker Scolds “Phony Patriots” in Audience For Reciting Pledge at Congressional Debate (Video)  —  Kathy Tate-Bradish, a member of the League of Women voters, refused to allow the audience to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start …
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
They Hate Our Guts  —  And they're drunk on power.  —  Perhaps you're having a tiny last minute qualm about voting Republican.  Take heart.  And take the House and the Senate.  Yes, there are a few flakes of dander in the fair tresses of the GOP's crowning glory—an isolated isolationist or two …
The second investigation  —  During a March 10 interview with investigators, Detective Russ initially denied being the source of the second leak to Matt Conway.  But roughly 30 minutes after the questioning ended, Russ returned and acknowledged that he warned Conway when he encountered him in the courthouse in January:
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Sarah Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies  —  Orlando, Florida (CNN) - As Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 Republican activists Saturday to keep working until the last minute to help guarantee GOP successes, she went after some recent comments by President Obama …
Discussion: The Note
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Palin: Americans fear Obama policies  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) refuted President Obama Saturday, saying that Americans are afraid of Democratic policies coming out of Washington.  —  Speaking at a campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee argued …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
‘Airplane!’ director cuts ad poking fun at Boxer for 'ma'am' exchange  —  David Zucker directed the “Call Me Senator” spot for Right Change, a 527 and 501(c)4 organization.  —  A well-known Hollywood producer and director has cut an ad against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq - With Surprising Results  —  By late 2003, even the Bush White House's staunchest defenders were starting to give up on the idea that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  —  But for years afterward, WikiLeaks' newly-released Iraq war documents reveal …
Alexis Fernandez / KTVA-TV:
Democrats: Murkowski Mailer “Mistake” A Lie  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTVA-CBS 11 News) Alaska Democrats are calling Sen. Lisa Murkowski a liar, after a mailer went out to many Anchorage residents claiming notable Democrats would be voting for her.  —  In a statement Murkowski's campaign manager Kevin Sweeney …
National Review:
NPR: A Test Case for Republicans  —  If they cannot defund NPR, you can bet they will not reverse Obamacare.  —  The least significant aspect of NPR's canning of Juan Williams is#...#Juan Williams.  The important thing is what the world should start looking like after November 2.
Michael Meyers / NY Daily News:
NPR's firing of Juan Williams wrong, but not excuse to take away …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Governor Forecast Update: Chafee's Chances Wax; Whitman's Wane  —  Here are the candidates for governor who find themselves in a materially stronger position from earlier this week.  — We yet again have a new leader in Florida, and it's the Republican Rick Scott, although …
Discussion: Jerry Brown and Prairie Weather
Times of India:
Barack and Michelle's Mumbai darshan plans  —  US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be extremely busy in Mumbai, upon landing on November 6 for a two day India visit.  As the world's most powerful man and his wife zip around the city visiting the 26/11 memorial on Marine Drive …
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Peter DeFazio Investigating Impeachment For Chief Justice John Roberts  —  What's Your Reaction: … With Democrats increasingly outraged over the Supreme Court's Citizen United decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections — a change conservatives have been more successful …
The Politico:
Barack Obama puts Harry Reid in the spotlight  —  LAS VEGAS - Of all the races in the country this year, none is as important to President Barack Obama as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's re-election campaign.  —  The race carries unrivaled symbolism for Obama, who would emerge …
Discussion: CNN and Questions and Observations
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Harry Reid mans up for Lilly Ledbetter
Discussion: The Politico
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A blue-state governor with red-state qualities  —  Northern Iowans are Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fans.  This fact could be portentous 16 months from now when the Iowa caucuses occur and Minnesota's two-term governor, Tim Pawlenty, probably will be seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty needles Obama upon campaign stop in Minnesota
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Adam Gadahn, Al Qaeda's American mouthpiece, urges wannabe terrorists to go it alone  —  WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda's American mouthpiece Saturday urged wannabe terrorists in a new video to act alone instead of trying to join cells attempting 9/11-type spectacular strikes.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
CBO Confirms: ObamaCare Discourages Work  —  Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf said Friday that ObamaCare includes work disincentives likely to shrink the amount of labor used in the economy.  —  In a speech on ObamaCare's economic impact outside the health care sector …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and GayPatriot
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Burris looks back on ‘big legacy’  —  Embraced, ignored and derided, successor of Obama prepares to leave the Senate  —  U.S. Sen. Roland Burris talks to a freshman seminar class as he visits Crane Tech Prep School in Chicago for “Principal for a Day.”  Burris is trying to cajole a shy student …
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Use of Contractors Added to War's Chaos in Iraq  —  The first shots sailed past Iraqi police officers at a checkpoint.  They took off in three squad cars, their lights flashing.  —  and it turned out that the shots came not from insurgents or criminals.  They were fired by an American …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Big Problem for Banks: Due Process  —  Earlier this week, Bank of America, the nation's largest consumer bank, reported its third-quarter earnings.  It was a very good quarter; putting aside an accounting charge — a very large, $10.4 billion accounting charge, admittedly — the bank reported $3.1 billion in profits.
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Our Coming Mega-Drought  —  Here are a few recent data points for you …
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
GAO report: Border Patrol's hands tied by Interior, Agriculture rules
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