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12:55 PM ET, October 27, 2010


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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.
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.
Gabriel Roxas / WKYT-TV:
Paul supporters who clashed with liberal activist speak out … A Rand Paul supporter is being ordered to appear in court so a judge can decide whether charges are warranted after he was caught on camera stomping on a liberal activist.  —  NEWSFIRST talked with the two men at the center of the whole ordeal.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Head-Stomper To Victim: ‘I Would Like For Her To Apologize To Me’  —  Tim Profitt, the former Bourbon County campaign coordinator for Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul's campaign, gave the AP a non-apology apology yesterday for stomping on the head of a activist outside …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Kentucky Stomper: I Stomped Because Of Back Pain
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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Exclusive: Exposing The Real Joe Miller  —  While Democrat Scott McAdams and Joe Miller attempt to remain focused on issues that should matter to Alaskans, a power hungry Lisa Murkowski has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for investigators, desperate to dig up any dirt they can on Miller.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Docs: Miller lied about misconduct
Discussion: SpeakEasy and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Menendez says new Angle ad is racist
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Why US voters are suing Dr Obama  —  An ambulance stops by the roadside to help a man suffering from a heart attack.  After desperate measures, the patient survives.  Brought into hospital, he then makes a protracted and partial recovery.  Then, two years later, far from feeling grateful, he sues the paramedics and doctors.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Swampland and Economix
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 …
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 …
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.
Clout St:
Sheriff Tom Dart won't run for Chicago mayor  —  UPDATED by John Chase and Kristen Mack at 11:14 p.m. with additional Dart quotes from news conference; originally posted at 10:44 a.m.  —  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who is seeking re-election next week, said today he will not run for Chicago mayor next February.
Discussion: The Hill and Chicago Breaking News
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 and NRSC
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Ridicules The Seeming Hypocrisy Of John McCain's Political Career  —  Last night was the second of The Daily Show's taping in Washington D.C. (in advance of the weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity) and Jon Stewart's exploration of incongruous political rhetoric was once again, the topic of the show.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Just the Story, Ma'am.  —  Last week I asked why reporters don't more often ask candidates, “What exactly are you talking about?” when they make sweeping claims about things like our freedoms being taken away.  And last night, Rachel Maddow's program featured her doing just that when talking …
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.
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 …
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.”
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Democracy And Incarceration.  —  Radley Balko argues that judicial elections politicize criminal-justice policy: … I think part of the reason for this is that crime actually isn't a problem that's on everyone's minds these days, but it's the kind of thing that's likely to take center stage in a judicial election.
Discussion: Yglesias
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
'Go Watch This Video.  It's Enlightening, It's Enraging.': Gov Christie Raves Over O'Keefe ‘Teachers Gone Wild’  —  Well, the left and the mainstream media came to bury James O'Keefe.  And I guess they failed.  His latest Project Veritas ‘Teachers Gone Wild’ — New Jersey teachers union members exposing …
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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.
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: TBogg and Page One
Poll: Rick Scott Muscles Ahead of Alex Sink  —  Will CFO's ‘unhinged’ debate performance — quickly becoming ‘Blackberrygate’ — hurt her this last week?  —  Following Monday night's debate, momentum in Florida's race for governor appears to be slowly shifting to Rick Scott.
Discussion: Hot Air
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