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10:35 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: The Hill, Gretawire and Oliver Willis
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 …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama rallies party faithful, says more work remains on economy  —  President Obama said Saturday that Democrats have more work to do to help get the struggling economy back on track.  —  Speaking at a fundraiser with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in Minneapolis …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Sarah Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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
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 …
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 and FiveThirtyEight
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Iran Is Said to Give Top Karzai Aide Cash by the Bagful
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Why We Gave Liu Xiaobo a Nobel
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: CNN and Questions and Observations
New York Times:
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety
Michael Meyers / NY Daily News:
NPR's firing of Juan Williams wrong, but not excuse to take away …
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
What's the Big Idea?
Discussion: Grasping Reality …