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11:15 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.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Kentucky Stomper Wants An Apology From Woman He Assaulted (VIDEO)  —  Tim Profitt — the former Rand Paul volunteer who stomped on the head of a MoveOn activist — told told local CBS station WKYT that he wants an apology from the woman he stomped and that she started the whole thing.
Media Czech / Barefoot and Progressive:
Full page ad in Herald Leader today touts endorsement of the Curbstomper
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller admits to lies about his actions  —  DISCIPLINE: Suspension, probation in 2008 after admitting to violating ethics policy while borough attorney.  —  —  Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller admitted in 2008 that he lied after being caught using Fairbanks …
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 …
New York Times:
Democrats Retain Edge in Campaign Spending  —  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 …
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.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The rise, fall and rise of John Boehner  —  Just before Thanksgiving 1998, John A. Boehner hit bottom.  The Ohio congressman, once a comer in the Republican Party, was unceremoniously removed from his post in the House leadership.  Boehner's colleagues had a win-at-all-costs mind-set …
Discussion: Page One
Manu Raju / The Politico:
‘Aqua Buddha’ ad backfires on Jack Conway  —  A series of new polls show that Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway's now-infamous “Aqua Buddha” ad may have dramatically backfired and turned scores of wavering voters towards tea party favorite Rand Paul.
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 …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Chafee: McCain helped torpedo 2006 reelection bid
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NY Times reporter defends profile of WikiLeaks' Assange  —  New York Times reporter John F. Burns considers WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange — the subject of a front-page profile he co-authored Sunday— to be “an incredibly smart man” with an “extremely high IQ.”
New York Times:
Lobbyists Court Potential Stars of House Panels  —  WASHINGTON — Ernst & Young, the global accounting firm, hosted a fund-raising breakfast late last month for Representative Dave Camp that drew so many donors the firm's lobbyists had to pull extra chairs into their largest conference room.
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:   Rangel without lawyer, ethics trial date uncertain
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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Obama won't ditch car metaphor
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Caffeine and Alcohol Drink Is Potent Mix for Young  —  Mixing alcohol and caffeine is hardly a new concept, but a rash of cases involving students and others who landed at hospitals after drinking beverages that combine the two in a single large can has alarmed college and health officials around the country.
Discussion: Gawker and The Agonist
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:
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.
John Maggs / The Politico:
Time's up for Dems' hopes for upturn  —  Time's up for Democrats looking for good news on the economy.  —  More bad news this week squelched any hope that President Barack Obama and his party might benefit from a glimmer of an improvement in the economic picture before Election Day.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Smug Democrats  —  THE HILLS are alive with the sound of liberal Democratic contempt for the electorate.  So are the valleys, the prairies, and the coasts.  For months, voters have been signaling their discontent with the president, his party, and their priorities; in less than a week, they appear poised to deliver a stinging rebuke.
The Huffington Post:
Joy Behar: Sharron Angle A ‘Bitch,’ ‘Going To Hell’ (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … Joy Behar repeatedly called Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle a “bitch” on “The View” Tuesday, and said that she is “going to hell.”  —  Behar's comments came during a discussion of an ad that Angle released earlier this month.
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 …
Gorbachev: Nato victory in Afghanistan impossible  —  Mr Gorbachev also said democracy in Russia was experiencing problems  —  The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has warned Nato that victory in Afghanistan is “impossible”.  —  Mr Gorbachev said that the US …
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Dems getting outspent?  Not so fast  —  To hear top Democrats tell it, the party is being wildly outgunned this year in the fight for campaign cash as Republicans rely on outside groups to funnel money to GOP contenders.  —  But the numbers tell a different story.
Discussion: USA Today
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