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10:40 AM ET, October 26, 2010


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The Atlantic Online:
MoveOn Supporter Brutally Attacked by Rand Paul Supporter  —  The Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate may have been staid, but things were not so outside the debate.  A Kentucky reader sends word that according to the local Fox affiliate, a young woman affiliated with was brutally attacked …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rand Paul Supporter Stomps Head Of Female MoveOn Member Outside KY Debate (VIDEO)  —  Josh Green flagged an incident that occurred outside of the Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate in Lexington, Kentucky Monday night that's already dominating the news in Kentucky and could easily make headlines nationally.
Lauren Valle / WDRB-TV:
Woman stomped outside Conway-Paul debate  —  Watch Video  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) — Outside the Conway-Paul debate, a Rand Paul supporter pulled the woman's blonde wig off and stomped on her head.  She was representing the liberal organization and claimed to be presenting Paul with an award from RepubliCorp.
The Huffington Post:
Apparent Rand Paul Supporter Stomps On MoveOn Member's Head (VIDEO) (UPDATED)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … An ugly scene took place outside the Kentucky Senatorial debate Monday night as what appeared to be a supporter of Republican candidate Rand Paul was captured by a local news affiliate …
Woman stomped outside Kentucky debate  —  (CNN) — An employee with the liberal group was stomped on by a man wearing a “Rand Paul for Senate” T-shirt outside a televised debate in Lexington, Kentucky, Monday night, police said.  —  The incident took place before the debate between Republican Paul and Democrat Jack Conway.
Bob / Blue Bluegrass:
Republican Rand Paul's Brownshirts Assault and Stomp the Head …
Dave Poff / RedState:
And Even STILL I Am Not Allowed To Make A Racial Slur About Our President?  After THIS?  AYFKM!?!?!?  —  I almost don't have words...almost: … In the new post-racial America, brought to us by Barack “don't call me black or white, just call me American” Obama, we have been told our differences …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Obama assails GOP on clouded final campaign push  —  WOONSOCKET, R.I. - President Barack Obama attacked Republicans with gusto Monday as he plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning, but his party's prognosis remained darkened by the feeble economy and his itinerary was designed largely to minimize losses.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Gets a Caustic Welcome in Rhode Island
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, The Politico and CNN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘Fighting’ Obama tells House Dem candidate to ‘run scared’
Discussion: The Politico
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Remain in Control of Race for House
Fhardingj / CNN:
Aide fired over Florida debate foul  —  Tampa (CNN) - Alex Sink's campaign violated rules Monday evening at the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Florida gubernatorial debate when her make-up artist delivered a message during a television break.  —  Sink, the Democratic nominee …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Aide to Harry Reid Lied to Feds, Submitted False Documents About Sham Marriage  —  An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
G.O.P. Senate Odds Slip on Colorado, West Virginia Polls  —  While Republicans' position is holding steady in the House — where they are 4:1 favorites to win control of the chamber according to our analysis — their chances of also taking over the Senate declined in today's forecast.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Are Democrats Overachieving in the Senate?
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Blue Dogs Face Sharp Losses in Midterms
Discussion: naked capitalism
Kenric Ward /
Poll: Webster Beats Down ‘Angry’ Grayson  —  Republican nears 50 percent mark in Central Florida's 8th Congressional District … Holding a steady 7-point lead over a controversial and increasingly malodorous incumbent, Republican Daniel Webster is poised to knock out U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a new Sunshine State News Poll shows.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Jon Stewart's march is no laughing matter  —  I don't know about you, but my heart sank when I read about Jon Stewart's Million Moderate March, planned for the Mall next weekend.  My heart sank further when I learned that liberal groups, lacking any better ideas, have decided to take this endeavor seriously.
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Treasury Hid A.I.G. Loss, Report Says  —  The United States Treasury concealed $40 billion in likely taxpayer losses on the bailout of the American International Group earlier this month, when it abandoned its usual method for valuing investments, according to a report by the special inspector general …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Big Picture
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
Treasury hiring FOIA officers ‘to withhold information from release to public’
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Bloomberg
David Brooks / New York Times:
No Second Thoughts  —  When times get tough, it's really important to believe in yourself.  This is something the Democrats have done splendidly this year.  The polls have been terrible, and the party may be heading for a historic defeat, but Democrats have done a magnificent job of maintaining their own self-esteem.
Treasury Draws Negative Yield for First Time During TIPS Sale  —  The Treasury sold $10 billion of five-year Treasury Inflation Protected Securities at a negative yield for the first time at a U.S. debt auction as investors bet the Federal Reserve will be successful in sparking inflation.
Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
SIGTARP Calls Out Tim Geithner On Various Violations Including Data Manipulation, Lack Of Transparency, “Cruel” Cynicism, And Gross Incompetence  —  SigTarp Neil Barofsky has just released the most scathing critique of all the idiots in the administration, with a particular soft spot for Tim Geithner.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Other McCain
David Corn / Mother Jones:
How Obama Lost the Narrative
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Cheap Finnish Health Care Is Built on the Back of Low-Paid Doctors  —  Kevin Drum and Bob Somerby are annoyed that journalists talk about the strong performance of Finland's school system but don't mention its highly efficient health care system.  Specifically, the US spends $7,285 per year to Finland's $2,900:
Discussion: The New Republic and Mother Jones
Kevin Cullum / Ballot Box:
Bad news for Dems: Rain in the forecast for 2010 Election Day  —  In more bad news for Democrats, rain is in the forecast for much of the country on Election Day.  —  Weather tracking websites, including and The Old Farmer's Almanac, are calling for rain in the Midwest …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Lisa's Gall vs. Miller's Honor  —  I have never seen a candidate stoop as low as was seen last night in Alaska's senatorial debate.  —  Alaska's Joe Miller is facing a tough three-way race for U.S. Senate.  Though Joe decisively defeated the incumbent Senator in the primary …
William Yardley / New York Times:   In Alaska Senate Race, Front-Runner Isn't on Ballot
George Soros / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Support Legal Marijuana  —  We should invest in effective education rather than ineffective arrest and incarceration.  —  Our marijuana laws are clearly doing more harm than good.  The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance …
Discussion: The Informer, L.A. NOW and DealBook
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Divide on U.S. Deficit Likely to Grow After Election  —  WASHINGTON — A midterm campaign that has turned heavily on the issue of the mounting federal debt is likely to yield a government even more split over what to do about it, people in both parties say, with diminished Democrats …
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
RECESSION ELECTION  —  Franklin Roosevelt was a lucky man and, in 1932, a lucky candidate.  Start with the name—or, as today's political marketers would say, the brand.  F.D.R.'s name paired that of the twinkly, kindly philosopher of the American Revolution—the Uncle of His Country …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Meg Whitman coy on ending spending  —  Meg Whitman may call it quits at $141.6 million.  —  The California Republican gubernatorial candidate said Monday she hasn't decided whether she'll pour more of her own money into the record-setting campaign.  The billionaire former eBay CEO still trails Democrat Jerry Brown in most polls.
Discussion: CNN
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Special “Bruce Banner Versus The Incredible Hulk” Edition!  —  I have to admit, I'm of two minds about this midterm election.  There's Bruce Banner and there is the Incredible Hulk.  —  Bruce Banner.  Cautious and conservative, Bruce Banner is a firm believer …
Discussion: National Review
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Obama: Pelosi Will Go Down In History As One Of The Finest Speakers …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Hot Air
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
New O'Keefe video shows teachers bragging about bulletproof tenure rules
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
House and Senate shatter fundraising records for midterm election …
Discussion: and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
John H. Cochrane / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Grasping Reality …
James Rosen / Fox News:
NPR Affiliate Managers Voice Discontent with Firing of Juan Williams
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Assessing Prop 19  —  Tomorrow we'll have new polls out in California and Kentucky.
Discussion: Just Say Now
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Tea Party Nation: Retire Rep. Ellison For Being A Muslim
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Rhetorical violence … Megan McArdle 2003 vintage
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Donation to Rove-tied group sparks Gold's Gym revolt
Discussion: SpeakEasy
The Note:
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