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10:30 AM ET, October 25, 2010


 Top Items: 
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Democrats' excuse: Outside groups killed us
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:   House: The Daily 10  —  Minnesota 8th District
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
NPR CEO apologizes for handling of Williams firing  —  Vivian Schiller, the NPR CEO who has gotten criticism from all sides about NPR's decision to fire Juan Williams, apologized to her colleagues Sunday evening for the way the firing was handled.  —  Among the most problematic aspects …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Early Voter ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Appears Consistent With Polls  —  There's been a lot of discussion recently about early voting data, which is already available in a number of states.  In most parts of the country, indeed, a voter is already able to cast a ballot if she wants do.
Molly Ball / The Politico:
The early vote: signs of GOP passion
Alan Wirzbicki / Boston Globe:
Democrats hold edge in two key House contests  —  But lead slim in 10th; GOP finds new vigor  —  With the election just a week away, Democrats lead in two of the state's most closely watched congressional races but are battling to hold on amid far greater enthusiasm among Republican voters, according to new Boston Globe polls.
Paul / Power Line:
Huckabee's gambit  —  Mike Huckabee has blasted Karl Rove and the “Republican Party establishment” for the “elitism” and “country club attitude” that he claims has driven Republican criticism of Christine O'Donnell.  Huckabee says that he too was the victim of the such elitism when he ran for president.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Noel Sheppard / blogs:   Bob Schieffer to Karl Rove: Are You Saying Rush Limbaugh Takes Things …
Jamil Smith / The Maddow Blog:
‘...the only Muslim member of congress.’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
America's Worst Politician  —  The short, ugly career of Alan Grayson.  —  ORLANDO—There are hundreds of plausible nominees for the title of America's Second-Smarmiest Politician, but surely the top spot is un-contested.  Americans of all political persuasions can come together in affirming …
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Companies that received bailout money giving generously to candidates  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was a fierce critic of the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler last year, saying he could not “ask the American taxpayer to subsidize failure.”  —  But GM doesn't seem to hold a grudge.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Joe Manchin Won't Endorse Harry Reid for Leader, Obama for President … Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, declined over the weekend to endorse Barack Obama for a second term for president or Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Senate majority leader in interviews with Politics Daily.
Discussion: The Politico and Don Surber
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Manchin distances himself from health care law he once supported
Discussion: Hot Air and NRSC
David Brody / The Brody File:
Christine O'Donnell Interview With The Brody File  —  In an exclusive sit-down interview with The Brody File, Christine O'Donnell says first time voters in Delaware will propel her to victory on November 2nd despite the media's “double standard” against conservative women.
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
2012: How Sarah Barracuda Becomes President  —  Why do you think Barack Obama is being so nice to Michael Bloomberg?  —  On a pale-gold mid-October afternoon, Sarah Palin takes the stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, and the faithful are ready for her.
Discussion: and GOP 12
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Afghan Leader Admits His Office Gets Cash From Iran  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai acknowledged on Monday that his chief of staff had taken money from the Iranian government, confirming a report in The New York Times.  He said the cash was used to pay for presidential expenses
Discussion: Politics Daily and
Mark J. Konkol / Chicago Sun Times:
Hendon calls Brady ‘idiotic, racist, sexist, homophobic’  —  Quinn: 'I don't associate myself with those comments'  —  Always-outspoken state Sen. Rickey Hendon on Saturday took aim at Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady at a “get out the vote” rally on the West Side.
Chicago Tribune:
Hendon introduces Quinn, calls Brady racist, homophobic
Discussion: Publius Forum
The Politico:
The day after: leadership drama  —  Voters will do much more than decide control of Congress next week: They will determine whether the most powerful political figures in Washington are up, out or ousted from their leadership jobs.  —  Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful House speaker in decades …
Discussion: Washington Wire
John E. Mulligan / Providence Journal:
Obama won't endorse Caprio during R.I. visit  —  President Obama will not endorse the Democratic candidate for governor, Frank T. Caprio, when he comes to Rhode Island to support other Democratic candidates, the White House said Sunday.  —  The president's decision “is a victory for Linc Chafee …
Tammy Webber / Associated Press:
Gay voters angry at Democrats could sway election  —  CHICAGO - Kate Coatar is seriously considering voting for Green Party candidates instead of Democrats, whom she normally supports.  James Wyatt won't cast a ballot at all because he no longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him.
Bruce Katz / Time:
Intelligent Cities  —  To double exports and create jobs, the U.S. has to invest more in its metro areas  —  City Centered  —  With our recovery sluggish and our politics in rancorous free fall, the U.S. is on a desperate search to create jobs in the near term and retool the economy for the long haul.
Discussion: The Reaction
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Short Sales Resisted as Foreclosures Are Revived
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Calculated Risk
The Politico:
Poll: Independents siding with GOP
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
AFL-CIO revs up mail effort for GOTV campaign
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Detroit News:
Clinton: Democrats must make strong showing at Nov. polls
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Independent:
Secret war at the heart of Wikileaks
Discussion: Telegraph
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
California voters likely to keep global warming law, toss two-thirds budget passage