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9:45 AM ET, October 28, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama pleads for patience from Stewart on ‘Daily Show’  —  President Obama took to The Daily Show on Wednesday as part of his effort to motivate the young voters who propelled him into the Oval Office in 2008.  —  The president, who faces a possible GOP takeover of the House in less than a week …
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New York Times:
Coalition for Obama Split by Drift to G.O.P., Poll Finds  —  Critical parts of the coalition that delivered President Obama to the White House in 2008 and gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006 are switching their allegiance to the Republicans in the final phase of the midterm Congressional elections …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Obama, Jon Stewart and Change  —  President Obama took his campaign get-out-the-vote blitz to “The Daily Show” on Wednesday, telling the host, Jon Stewart, that he never promised transformational change overnight.  —  “When we promised during the campaign change you can believe in …
The Politico:
Jon Stewart gets serious  —  Jon Stewart's “Rally to Restore Sanity” on the Mall Saturday has occasioned handwringing from some devoted fans who worry that he's losing his outsider credibility, and celebration from some Democrats who hope to channel his energy to advance their electoral prospects.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
President Obama denies batch of pardons  —  After months of pleas from those who favor more use of the president's pardon power, President Barack Obama has finally acted on the issue—disappointing many of those advocates by denying hundreds of requests for sentence commutations and dozens of criminal pardons.
Bloomberg:
Republicans Win House, Get No Mandate in Poll Favoring Clinton  —  Republicans are poised to retake the U.S. House next week without a mandate from voters to carry out their policies, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.  —  The minority party, whose supporters are more motivated and enthusiastic …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Clinton on the stump: Does he really want Obama and Dems to win?
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Karl Rove questions Sarah Palin's suitability for president  —  Karl Rove, the former senior adviser to George W Bush, has cast doubt on Sarah Palin's viability as a White House candidate, questioning if the American people thought she had the “gravitas” for the “most demanding job in the world”.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Angle Turns Corner in Nevada, but G.O.P. Senate Odds Drop  —  Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate in Nevada, has been improving her position in our forecast in recent days, and for the first time since the spring has better than a three-in-four chance to win her race against Harry Reid, according to the FiveThirtyEight model.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Rasmussen Reports
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Alex Altman / Time:
Poll: Independents Keep GOP Ahead in Four Key Senate Races  —  From left: Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle, moderator Mitch Fox and Senate majority leader Harry Reid appear at a debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 14, 2010  —  Democrats may not lose their Senate majority …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Tea party antics could end up burning Republicans
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama says he's evolving on gay marriage  —  President Barack Obama told a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday that his views on same-sex marriage, which he has previously opposed, are evolving and that society is moving in the direction of granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.
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Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
GOP candidate: Gay marriage like marrying a table or a clock
Discussion: The Bilerico Project
RedState:
Exclusive Video: Lauren Valle Before The Head Stomp Vid  —  RedState has obtained exclusive video of the precipitating events prior to the “head stomping incident” at a recent Rand Paul event, which can be viewed below the fold.  —  Let us begin with what should be obvious and unnecessary to discuss: don't stomp on anyone's head.
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Lexington Herald-Leader:
Thuggish behavior stains Kentucky
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Police Consider More Arrests in Rand Paul Heckler Scuffle
Discussion: TPMDC
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Not a time for compromise’
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Boehner: On second thought, let's not compromise with Obama
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: How Long Before We See Tea Partiers Start Showing Up in Uniform, 1930s Style?  —  Chris Matthews, on Wednesday's Hardball, not so cryptically compared the actions of Republican volunteers to that of Nazi-style tactics from the 1930s as he claimed the restraining of a MoveOn.org activist …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Meets with Progressive Bloggers  —  As the clock ticks down to the midterms and the White House tries to rally the base, President Obama this afternoon is meeting with five popular progressive bloggers.  —  Photo credit: J. Paul Tapper ©2010.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Obama meets 5 top progressive bloggers in White House, including …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
2010 Electorate Still Looking More Republican Than in the Past  —  GOP Election Day advantage aided by surge in independents who lean Republican  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's latest figures on the composition of the 2010 electorate suggest that, consistent with an earlier Gallup report …
Discussion: Hot Air
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Angle: Welfare, Social Security are ‘wicked ways’  —  Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle called welfare, Medicare and Social Security symptoms of the nation's “wicked ways” in comments to a church group earlier this month, even as she was publicly vowing to preserve Social Security …
Wall Street Journal:
Channeling Milton Friedman  —  Enough about John Maynard Keynes.  We can be sure the 20th century British economic giant would advise more government spending to spur U.S. economic growth with consumers and businesses so hesitant and short-term interest rates at zero.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
DNC Asks Pentagon for Info on Romney, Others  —  DNC Requests Records Related to Palin, Romney, Seven Other Possible 2012 Contenders  —  The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican …
Henry / Crooked Timber:
A not-so-brief history of violence  —  Public health warning: much much more McArdle-blogging beneath the fold.  But take heart - this may possibly be my last and most definitive statement on the topic.  I certainly can't imagine that I will want to write at length about this any more.
flemingandhayes.com:
Memo Leak: Barney Frank Challenger Within Margin of Error  —  We obtained a Bielat campaign internal memo on their polling from last week showing the race is a statistical dead-heat against incumbent Congressman Barney Frank.  The memo, sent from an anonymous source, illustrates and echoes …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Brown leads Whitman by 10 points, Field Poll says  —  Democrat Jerry Brown has amassed a 10-point lead in the California governor's race over Republican Meg Whitman, whose negative ratings have reached record levels despite her spending $162 million in the largest self-funded campaign in American history, a new Field Poll shows.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and SFGate
Erika Bolstad / Anchorage Daily News:
High court blocks write-in list decision  —  After a day's worth of back-and-forth, the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday said voters can look at a list of certified write-in candidates when they go to the polls.  —  The Supreme Court's decision late Wednesday blocked a lower court ruling …
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
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