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11:30 AM ET, October 24, 2010


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Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Brown's lead doubles in a month; little change in Senate race  —  Meg Whitman's handling of housekeeper scandal and record-breaking spending have cost her support among women, Latinos and independents.  Barbara Boxer maintains an 8-point lead over Carly Fiorina.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Gretawire and Oliver Willis
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Three GOP candidates spend $243M  —  A group of three Republican candidates has spent nearly a quarter-billion dollars on statewide campaigns this cycle, overshadowing even the heavyweight independent groups commonly considered the biggest financial players of the 2010 election.
Discussion: CNN
Frank Rich / New York Times:
What Happened to Change We Can Believe In?  —  PRESIDENT Obama, the Rodney Dangerfield of 2010, gets no respect for averting another Great Depression, for saving 3.3 million jobs with stimulus spending, or for salvaging GM and Chrysler from the junkyard.  And none of these good deeds …
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Sarah Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies
Discussion: The Note
Wall Street Journal:
Putting a Price on Professors  —  A battle in Texas over whether academic value can be measured in dollars and cents.  —  Carol Johnson took the podium of a lecture hall one recent morning to walk 79 students enrolled in an introductory biology course through diffusion, osmosis and the phospholipid bilayer of cell membranes.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Gauging the scope of the tea party movement in America  —  In an unruly, unpredictable and chaotic election year, no group has asserted its presence and demanded to be heard more forcefully than the tea party.  The grass-roots movement that was spawned with a rant has gone on to upend …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Blue Virginia
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
Now Isn't the Time to Cut the Deficit  —  THE clamor to cut the budget deficit is deafening.  Blue Dog Democrats, Tea Party Republicans and doomsday economists are calling for immediate action.  And the demands for austerity coming from abroad are even louder.
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 …
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
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Illinois League of Women Voters Big Shot Who Bashed Pledge of Allegiance, Is Former ACORN Worker  —  It happened Wednesday night at the beginning of a debate between Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean, GOP challenger Joe Walsh and Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer.
Sandy Rios /
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
GOP Victory May Be Defeat For Climate Change Policy … Steam and smoke rise over a coal-burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  —  The more carbon that gets released into the atmosphere, the higher the average temperature rises.  —  That's a scientific fact.
Discussion: The Hill
Ari Berman / New York Times:
Boot the Blue Dogs  —  IN 2008, Barack Obama's presidential campaign seemed to rewrite all the rules in electoral politics and herald a new progressive era in America.  Democrats assembled a huge Congressional majority and, in the euphoria that followed the historic election, were poised to enact sweeping change.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
A blue-state governor with red-state qualities
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN and The Hill
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Burris looks back on ‘big legacy’
Discussion: The Hill
Alexis Fernandez / KTVA-TV:
Democrats: Murkowski Mailer “Mistake” A Lie
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Governor Forecast Update: Chafee's Chances Wax; Whitman's Wane
Discussion: Jerry Brown and Prairie Weather
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Michael Meyers / NY Daily News:
NPR's firing of Juan Williams wrong, but not excuse to take away …