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10:00 PM ET, October 26, 2010


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Media Czech / Barefoot and Progressive:
Full page ad in Herald Leader today touts endorsement of the Curbstomper  —  Well, it just gets more interesting.  —  Rand Paul took out a full page ad on the back page of the Herald Leader today.  —  Guess who's endorsement they tout at the bottom of the page from Bourbon County:
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
UNHINGED LEFTIST Who Lunged at Rand Paul Is Paid Far Left Activist  —  For the record...  The Unhinged Leftist Who Lunged at Rand Paul Is a Paid Activist  — contract employee Lauren Valle stalked and lunged at Rand Paul outside the final debate last night.
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 …
Lisa Graas:
Paul Supporter Who Wrestled Woman to Ground Identified as Mike Pezzano  —  A female Kentucky Tea Party activist who wishes to remain anonymous has identified the man who wrestled a female activist to the ground after the debate last night.  In an email to me and copied …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cops share more details on probe of stomper  —  Okay, some more detail for you on the case of the stomped MoveOn worker.  —  Lexington police say they're looking to talk to one Tim Profitt, who is believed to be Rand Paul's Bourbon County coordinator, on the strength of numerous tips they've received.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
New Footage Emerges Of MoveOn Activist Stomped By Rand Paul Supporter (VIDEO)  —  Just a quick update on the developing story out of Lexington, Kentucky, where a protester affiliated with MoveOn was dragged to the ground and stomped by Rand Paul supporters ahead of last night's Senate debate.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Rand Paul's lame response: Won't condemn or disavow assault …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Kentucky Stomping Victim Says Assailants Recognized Her, Premeditated Attack
Discussion: Salon and Talking Points Memo
Bluegrass Politics:
Police file charges against Rand Paul volunteer who stepped on activist's head
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rand Paul Supporter Stomps Head Of Female MoveOn Member Outside KY Debate (VIDEO)
The Atlantic Online:
MoveOn Supporter Brutally Attacked by Rand Paul Supporter
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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Six Established Laws That Tea Partiers Claim Are Unconstitutional  —  It seems as if we've heard more about the Constitution this election than we did in 2008, when questions of due process and cruel and unusual punishment were bona fide election issues.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
David Brooks didn't always dismiss policy achievements  —  David Brooks has a sharp column today mocking Democrats for being proud of their accomplishments despite facing a loss at the polls.  He also had a sharp column in 2005 criticizing Republicans for accomplishing nothing despite having just won a major victory at the polls.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NPR receives threat; timing suggests link to Juan Williams firing  —  NPR received a bomb threat Monday, five days after its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams sparked a hugely negative reaction.  —  Sources at the news organization said the threat was received via U.S. mail …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Tea Party Vow to Deter Voter Fraud Is Called Scare Tactic  —  WASHINGTON — In 2006, conservative activists repeatedly claimed that the problem of people casting fraudulent votes was so widespread that it was corrupting the political process and possibly costing their candidates victories.
Ron Johnson / The Onion:
My Opponent Knows Where Washington Is On A Map; I Don't, And I Never Will  —  REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR WISCONSIN SENATOR  —  As your Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, I'm grateful to have this opportunity to reach out to the people of Wisconsin and draw some distinctions between myself—a D.C. outsider—and Russ Feingold.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle campaign attorney: Reid “intends to steal this election if he can't win it outright”  —  UPDATE: Secretary of state's response, calling Mitchell's letter “conjecture and rumor,” posted at right.  —  So says Cleta Mitchell, the same woman who tried to get Scott Ashjian …
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.
The Politico:
Mike Pence may leave GOP leadership  —  House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana is considering stepping down from his post in the GOP leadership in preparation for a possible bid for president or governor in 2012.  —  Pence, a darling of the conservative movement …
Discussion: USA Today and Hot Air
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Rangel likely to represent himself at November ethics trial  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will likely represent himself at his mid-November ethics trial, setting up a potential spectacle less than two weeks after what's expected to be a disappointing — if not devastating — election for Democrats.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Chafee: McCain helped torpedo 2006 reelection bid  —  Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee (I) said Tuesday that Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee, helped wreck his chances of holding onto his Senate seat in 2006.  —  President Obama's decision …
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: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN OLD, DISCREDITED TALKING POINT MAKES A COMEBACK.... Last year, as the debate over health care reform intensified, Republicans not only turned on the individual-mandate idea that they'd come up with, they also desperately tried to make it as scary as possible.
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Joy Behar On Sharron Angle: “She's Going To Hell, This Bitch!”  —  The ladies of The View were up in arms today over Sharron Angle's campaign ad depicting a group of threatening Latinos menacing some white students.  It is the same ad Rachel Maddow called “most overtly racist ad of this campaign season” on Meet the Press this weekend.
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 …
Key Pennsylvania Senate race in dead heat: Reuters/Ipsos  —  (Reuters) - The race for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, which might decide whether President Barack Obama's Democrats retain control of the chamber, is a dead heat one week before the election, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.
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