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9:25 AM ET, October 25, 2010


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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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Hume: Race had role in NPR firing Williams
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Pro-Republican Groups Prepare Big Push at End of Races  —  OVIEDO, Fla. — The anonymously financed conservative groups that have played such a crucial role this campaign year are starting a carefully coordinated final push to deliver control of Congress to Republicans, shifting money among …
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
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
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.
The Independent:
Secret war at the heart of Wikileaks  —  Crisis in Haiti as cholera epidemic reaches the capital  —  An ungodly row at the Dawkins Foundation  —  Why don't they leak their funding?  Why don't they leak their staff and founders.  Why don't they leak their true intentions?
Discussion: Telegraph
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
The Politico:
Poll: Independents siding with GOP  —  Republicans are on the verge of broad wins next week for one big reason: independent voters are ready to boot Democrats from office, according to a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll.  —  Expressing deep dissatisfaction …
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Short Sales Resisted as Foreclosures Are Revived
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Calculated Risk
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
AFL-CIO revs up mail effort for GOTV campaign
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Election That Wasn't  —  In the past two weeks …
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
2012: How Sarah Barracuda Becomes President
Discussion: and GOP 12
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama likely to focus on deficit in next 2 years
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Detroit News:
Clinton: Democrats must make strong showing at Nov. polls
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Boxer says abortion views won't hurt her with socially conservative Latinos
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Cosmopolitan social democracy
Discussion: Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
California voters likely to keep global warming law, toss two-thirds budget passage
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
House: The Daily 10  —  Minnesota 8th District
Bob Marshall / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Massive stretches of weathered oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick opens narrow lead, poll suggests