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1:40 PM ET, October 26, 2010


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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Paul pulls away  —  Independents have moved toward Rand Paul in droves over the last month and a half and as a result he's built his lead in the Kentucky Senate race up to 13 points at 53-40.  —  In a September PPP poll Paul led by 7 overall while also holding a 7 point lead with independents.
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.
Discussion: Althouse, Politics Daily and Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bob / Blue Bluegrass:
Republican Rand Paul's Brownshirts Assault and Stomp the Head …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
New Footage Emerges Of MoveOn Activist Stomped By Rand Paul Supporter (VIDEO)
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
UNHINGED LEFTIST Who Lunged at Rand Paul Is Paid Far Left Activist
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Are Democrats Overachieving in the Senate?  —  It's looking increasingly likely that Democrats will hold the Senate but not the House, although upsets in either chamber remain possible.  —  In recent days, I've heard a lot of speculation about why this is so.
Discussion: Wake up America and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Las Vegas News, Nevada News and Local Weather …:
Voters Complain Of Problems At Polls  —  Election Registrar Says Election Fraud-Free  —  LAS VEGAS — Some voters in Boulder City said they are concerned about fraud at the electronic ballot box.  —  Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle …
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
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘Fighting’ Obama tells House Dem candidate to ‘run scared’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Politico
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Roll Call:
GOP Wants Insiders to Staff Outsiders  —  Leaders Recruiting Top Aides for New Members  —  In anticipation of major GOP gains in next week's elections, House Republican leaders have put together a list of experienced Washington hands to help fill top staff positions for the surge of newly elected outsiders.
Discussion: Politics Daily and RedState
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
No ‘party’ on election night for GOP
Discussion: The Note and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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 …
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
Treasury hiring FOIA officers ‘to withhold information from release to public’
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 …
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senate Candidate Ken Buck: ‘I Disagree Strongly With The Concept Of Separation Of Church And State’  —  During a debate last week, Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-DE) repeatedly questioned whether the First Amendment laid out a separation between church and state.
Discussion: and TPMDC
Dave Graham / Reuters:
U.S. slips to historic low in global corruption index  —  (Reuters) - The United States has dropped out of the “top 20” in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said on Tuesday.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Michigan Judge Sentences 15 Year Old to Life Without Parole  —  14 year old Dakota Eliason shot and killed his grandfather.  He said he went back and forth for hours debating whether to kill him or commit suicide, and decided to on the former.  —  The DA charged him in adult court.
Discussion: WSBT-TV
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Fox News Polls: Dems Make Gains as Republicans Hang Tough in Battleground States  —  With just seven days until Election Day, Democrats are picking up support on their home turf, as Republicans look to hang on to deliver upset wins.  —  The latest surveys were conducted on Oct. 23 by Pulse Opinion Research for Fox News.
Discussion: TPMDC
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
I Wonder What It's Like To Work With Richard Cohen?  —  Amanda Hess points to this terrible blog post from Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen rationalizing Anita Hill's charges of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas: … From Hill's testimony:
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