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5:50 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
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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 …
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.) …
Jim Watson / Newsweek:
NEWSWEEK Poll: Obama Approval Rating Jumps, Democrats Close ‘Enthusiasm Gap’  —  As the president's numbers climb sharply, results suggest that Democrats may be succeeding in firing up their base.  —  Obama feels the love at a Seattle rally for Sen. Patty Murray.
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 …
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
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 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 …
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:   Harry Reid mans up for Lilly Ledbetter
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bill's Frustration  —  A report surfaced today that Bill Clinton is frustrated as heck that the Dems can't manage to get a coherent or persuasive message together for the midterms.  And he's even doing what he can to get together good talking points for candidates and stump in all the right places …
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
New York Times:
Growing 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.
New York Times:
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety  —  LONDON — Julian Assange moves like a hunted man.  In a noisy Ethiopian restaurant in London's rundown Paddington district, he pitches his voice barely above a whisper to foil the Western intelligence agencies he fears.
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.
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 …
Eric Spillman / The News Blog with Eric Spillman:
Man Fired for Wearing Bush Sweatshirt at Obama Rally ***UPDATED  —  (USC) — Don't try wearing a Bush hat or sweatshirt at an Obama rally.  —  Duane Hammond says it's what got him fired.  Hammond is a union stagehand who was part of the crew that built the platform for the Obama event on campus.
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Professional Petitioners Aid Ballot Initiatives  —  CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — At 5-foot-4, with a pot belly and graying beard, Charlie Chavez does not look particularly scary.  —  But on a recent autumn day, striding toward a woman in a supermarket parking lot, clipboard in hand, he might as well have been a zombie.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
GAO report: Border Patrol's hands tied by Interior, Agriculture rules  —  Several White House agencies charged with enforcing environmental laws are preventing thousands of Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border from disrupting illicit trafficking operations, according to a study by the investigative arm of Congress.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
For First Time, Model Has G.O.P. Favored to Win 50-Plus House Seats  —  Republican chances of taking over the House are now up to 80 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model; they had been 75 percent two days ago.  —  In an average simulation, the model projected …
Discussion: Don Surber
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty needles Obama upon campaign stop in Minnesota  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) needled President Obama upon his planned campaign stop in the state on Saturday.  —  Pawlenty, a potential Republican candidate to challenge Obama in 2012, leveled criticisms against the president …
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Broadband Matters  —  Jay Ackroyd convinced me I should make explicit something that's only implicit in yesterday's post on the vast consumer surplus associated with digital media, namely that the case for some form of subsidization of fast internet access is very strong.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michael Meyers / NY Daily News:
NPR's firing of Juan Williams wrong, but not excuse to take away funding from public radio  —  Juan Williams is right; NPR was way off base firing him for having expressed himself on a TV show.  But some are going too far in Williams' name; they vindictively want to totally de-fund …
Mark Whitehouse / Real Time Economics:
Number of the Week: Big Boost From Dollar Decline  —  0.5 percentage point: The potential boost in annual U.S. economic growth from the dollar's decline since August 27.  —  As finance ministers from the Group of 20 developed and developing nations meet in Seoul in an effort to avert a currency war …
Discussion: Yglesias and Paul Krugman
 
 
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
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