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1:45 AM ET, October 24, 2010


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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:
The Daily Caller:
Jack Conway may have tipped brother off about drug investigation  —  Jack Conway, the Democratic attorney general of Kentucky who is running for U.S. Senate, says he was not involved in a recent criminal investigation that led to no charges being filed against his brother for drug trafficking.
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 …
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Judge orders Miller documents released  —  FAIRBANKS — A judge ruled today that the Fairbanks North Star Borough must release personnel records of Senate candidate Joe Miller.  —  In an unusual Saturday hearing, retired Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank ruled that the public's right …
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
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Sarah Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies
Discussion: The Note
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama rallies party faithful, says more work remains on economy
Discussion: CNN
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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Homophobia-phobia and Carl Paladino  —  The Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco celebrated gay pride by featuring men in leather, posing as the disciples of Jesus at the Last Supper with whips, chains and sex toys on a Michelangelo-like table.  Gay men bumped and ground each other on others simulated oral sex.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Associated Press:
Cuomo's lead grows in NY gov poll over Paladino
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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.) …
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
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
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
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 …
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Burris looks back on ‘big legacy’
Discussion: The Hill
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Ed Koch Slams Anti-Israel Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Our Coming Mega-Drought  —  Here are a few recent data points for you …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Grist
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
GAO report: Border Patrol's hands tied by Interior, Agriculture rules
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Whitehouse / Real Time Economics:
Number of the Week: Big Boost From Dollar Decline
Discussion: Yglesias and Paul Krugman
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Professional Petitioners Aid Ballot Initiatives
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James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Adam Gadahn, Al Qaeda's American mouthpiece, urges wannabe terrorists to go it alone
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
What's the Big Idea?
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
CBO Confirms: ObamaCare Discourages Work
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and GayPatriot
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Big Problem for Banks: Due Process