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2:15 PM ET, October 24, 2010


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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.
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Top Democrat Says His Party Will Not Lose the House  —  DNC Chair Tim Kaine Says Country Trending in Democratic Direction  —  Does Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, know something all the pundits, pollsters and political prognosticators don't?
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
G.O.P. Is Poised to Seize the House, if Not the Senate
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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.
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
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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
Lefty academics convene in Berkeley to try to make sense of the Tea Party movement.  —  BERKELEY, Calif.—On the night before we are scheduled to address this conference, the Tea Party experts are treated to a meal at the Faculty Club.  It sounds fancy, and it is, with the feel and décor of a Sundance ski lodge.
Discussion: Don Surber, GayPatriot and Althouse
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:
Crist, Meek try to paint Rubio as too extreme in Sunday Senate debate  —  Kendrick Meek and Charlie Crist joined forces Sunday to try paint their opponent and the Florida Senate race front-runner, Marco Rubio, as too extreme for voters.  —  Appearing on CNN's “State of the Union” …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
LIVE BLOG from the Florida Senate debate  —  CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley co-hosts the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Senate debate on CNN this morning.  We'll be live blogging throughout the hour RIGHT HERE.  —  Candidates in the race and on stage: Republican Marco Rubio …
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.
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Losing the Midterms, There May Be Winning  —  WASHINGTON — Let there be no mistake: President Obama wants the Democrats to win next week's midterm elections.  His voice has gone hoarse telling every audience that from Delaware to Oregon.  But let's also acknowledge this …
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
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: American Power, Fox News and The Note
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
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Brent Baker / blogs:
Krauthammer Directly Challenges Totenberg on NPR's 'Hypocrisy …
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick opens narrow lead, poll suggests
Discussion: Politics Daily
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP House Candidate Jesse Kelly Says 'It's Our Job To Protect …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Batty / Guardian:
Iraq war logs: UN demands Obama investigate torture
 Earlier Items: 
GOP Victory May Be Defeat For Climate Change Policy
Discussion: 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: Prairie Weather and Jerry Brown