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7:45 AM ET, October 27, 2010


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Stomping suspect says his actions were misunderstood; now faces charges  —  Police have summoned Tim Profitt to appear before a judge to face an assault charge after a scuffle was caught on tape outside the KET Studios in Lexington before Jack Conway and Rand Paul's debate Monday night.
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:
Maria Shriver's... / SFGate:
Dianne Feinstein: outlook “bad”  —  In the not to be missed category, Sen. Dianne Feinstein stepped way out of the spin cycle yesterday, as she is often wont to do.  —  Feinstein was at a campaign event for Sen. Barbara Boxer in San Jose,and was asked by KTVU's Randy Shandobil how things were going, and she replied, “bad.”
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Boxer up 9  —  It's been the story of all three of her reelection runs: Barbara Boxer always looks vulnerable early in the cycle and then pulls away and wins easily in the end.  It looks like that will be the case again this year, as she now leads Carly Fiorina by a 52-43 margin.
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Nevada voting machines automatically checking Harry Reid's name; voting machine technicians are SEIU members  —  Clark County is where three quarters of Nevada's residents and live and where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's son Rory is a county commissioner.  Rory is also a Democratic candidate for governor.
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 …
The Politico:
Bill Clinton to campaign for Frank Caprio  —  Bill Clinton will campaign this week for Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial nominee Frank Caprio, providing a stark contrast to President Barack Obama's snub of Caprio earlier this week, according to several Democratic sources.
Discussion: HotAirPundit and The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Chafee: McCain helped torpedo 2006 reelection bid
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Midterm blowout: 50 or more Dem seats set to fall in the election  —  Republicans are headed for a blowout election win that seems certain to seize more than enough seats to knock out the Democrats and take control of the House.  —  The Hill 2010 Midterm Election poll …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Tonight's House Forecast: 52-Seat Gain For G.O.P.  —  If Democrats were hoping for a late surge to improve their chances of retaining control of the House, there isn't any evidence of it yet.  Instead, Republicans have generally had the better of the polls in individual House districts released in the past 24 hours.
New York Times:
Democrats Retain Edge in Spending on Campaigns  —  Lost in all of the attention paid to the heavy spending by Republican-oriented independent groups in this year's midterm elections is that Democratic candidates have generally wielded a significant head-to-head financial advantage …
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 …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Rangel without lawyer, ethics trial date uncertain  —  WASHINGTON — The scheduled Nov. 15 start of Rep. Charles Rangel's ethics trial is in jeopardy, because the former Ways and Means Committee chairman no longer has a defense team.  —  The New York Democrat and lawyers for the Washington firm …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Rangel likely to represent himself at November ethics trial
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
U.S. military campaign to topple resilient Taliban hasn't succeeded  —  An intense military campaign aimed at crippling the Taliban so far has failed to inflict more than fleeting setbacks to the insurgency or put meaningful pressure on its leaders to seek peace, according to U.S. military …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Fox News and Mother Jones
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.
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
VPOTUS Joe Biden: Dems Will “Keep The Senate And Win The House”  —  Sorry for the delay — had my hands a bit full with the meltdown at the NYC Board of Elections — but here is the pool report filed by Newsday's Reid Epstein on Vice President Joe Biden's fundraising visit to Manhattan today:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TigerHawk
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Independents turn to GOP in Senate races  —  Independent voters are tuning into Senate races and settling on candidates in the final week before the election, clarifying some of the hardest-fought contests of the campaign.  —  And with many of these unaffiliated voters unhappy with President Obama …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Power Line
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Former first lady Laura Bush to President Bush: ‘pick up your socks’  —  Los Angeles (CNN) - Former first lady Laura Bush had her audience LOL (laughing out loud) at a women's conference in Long Beach, California Tuesday.  Nearly 14,000 women attended the gathering hosted by California's first lady Maria Shriver.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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.
Online NewsHour:
Bags of Cash: Are Iran, Karzai Playing All Sides?  —  JIM LEHRER: For contrasting views of this, Ali Jalali is a foreign — a former Afghan interior minister, now a distinguished professor at National Defense University here in the U.S. Steven Clemons is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation …
Chuck Goudie / WLS-TV:
Possible glitch with vote-by-mail system  —  More: Bio, Facebook, Twitter, News Team  —  This year marks the first Illinois election that any registered voter can cast their ballot by mail, no excuses necessary.  Even as the deadline for those ballots to be postmarked nears, problems are brewing.
Discussion: RedState and Weasel Zippers
Peter H. Stone / The Center for Public Integrity:
Americans for Job Security — How a Shadow Group Hustles for Funds  —  Long-time GOP operative David Carney is hardly a household name like Karl Rove.  But among Republican strategists and fundraisers in Washington D.C., Texas, and other states, Carney is well-known as an aggressive …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Sprint to the Finish with More Good Candidates  —  With just eight days left before Election Day, it's time to sprint through the finish line.  Here are more commonsense conservative candidates who are determined to get our country back on track.  —  Dick Muri for Washington's 9th Congressional District
Discussion: Cape Fear Watchdog$ and
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Katie Couric, On the Move  —  The CBS anchor is nearing the end of her contract—and signs point surprisingly to her staying put.  Howard Kurtz talks to her about her salary, her next move—and her love of the campaign trail.  —  Katie Couric is feeling liberated.
Tancred / The Eponymous Flower:
Minnesota Democrats Accuse Catholics of Ignoring the Poor  —  The Democrats are proud of their generosity to the poor, and owing perhaps due to some unclear thinking aren't aware that charitable acts must be of free will, and there's no merit in being generous with other people's money.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Job Losses Outweigh Obama's Successes  —  On the evening of Dec. 3 last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics sent an advance copy of the next morning's jobs report to the White House.  It's standard procedure for top White House and Federal Reserve officials to get an early look at the numbers …
Rhonda Bodfield / Arizona Daily Star:
Pueblo Politics: Court overturns Arizona's proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration  —  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona's requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.  —  The split decision by a three-judge panel determined …
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