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2:55 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.
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.
RedState Insider / RS_Insider's blog:
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.
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 …
Stomping suspect says his actions were misunderstood; now faces charges
Takn / CBS News:   Head Stomp Victim: Paul Supporters Planned It
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Conway campaign keeps hammering Paul on stomping incident
Discussion: The Politico and SFGate
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 …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Docs: Miller lied about misconduct  —  Documents released Tuesday by the local government attorney's office that once employed Alaskan Senate candidate Joe Miller reveal the GOP nominee admitted to inappropriately using his colleague's computers for political activity after initially lying about doing so.
Discussion: CNN, The Note, SpeakEasy and Raw Story
Dan / Riehl World View:
Exclusive: Exposing The Real Joe Miller
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why American Voters Are Suing Dr Obama  —  A British take on the mid-term elections: … Wolf rightly calls this a “propaganda coup,” and it is indeed primarily Roger Ailes' achievement.  But Wolf also criticizes Obama's policy on the same line as Krugman, but with less of a sledgehammer.
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: Swampland and Economix
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
It's Freak Week!  —  Everyone becomes the mayor of Crazyville the week before an election.  Ethics get defenestrated.  Moral principles get flushed down the drain.  Campaigns and candidates are extremely tired and extremely desperate.  The improbable becomes the likely.
Discussion: NY Daily News and Salon
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 …
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
District by district  —  D: Jim Marshall: 37% R: Austin Scott: 50%
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The GOP's Deficit Plan: Borrow As You Go  —  The Republicans have a new plan to make it easier to rack up deficits: … Let me explain what this is all about.  “Paygo” was a reform imposed by the 1990 budget agreement that required Congress to offset the cost of any new entitlement program …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Employers in U.S. Start Bracing for Higher Tax Withholding
Washington Post:
Feds investigate plot to attack Metro  —  Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a nascent plot to carry out a series of terrorist bombings at stations in the Washington Metro system, according to intelligence and law enforcement sources.  —  The investigation is focused …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Firedoglake, Wonkette, TBogg and Page One
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
W.Va. probe worries Democrats  —  A federal investigation into West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's administration has taken a disturbing turn for his Democratic supporters: agents reportedly have subpoenaed the director of the state Aviation Division, along with flight logs and records for official government aircraft.
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.
Tomas Bravo /
Every cop in town quits after Mexico attack  —  Gunmen fired more than 1,000 bullets at station  — - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Countdown - Maddow - Hardball - msnbc tv - Newsvine - EveryBlock  — Politics - Business - Sports - Entertainment …
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Sister Toldjah
Chris Carl / WDEL 1150AM, Wilmington, DE:
O'Donnell campaign threatens to sue WDEL  —  The Christine O'Donnell campaign is apologizing to WDEL after it demanded that video of an O'Donnell appearance on “The Rick Jensen Show” be destroyed and threatened a lawsuit if it wasn't.  —  In a Tuesday afternoon appearance on WDEL, O'Donnell …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Eye and Washington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Mighty Talons of the Climate Hawks  —  I don't really have much to say about it, but I've spent the past few days being taken in by Dave Roberts' effort to popularize the concept of “climate hawks” so I thought I should do my part.  —  What's a climate hawk?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
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.”
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: RedState and Hot Air
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Dems Make Last Ditch Effort For House
Discussion: The Hill
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dem game plan: Divide and conquer
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Early Voting Highest Among Older Voters, Those in West
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
In its biggest foreign market, BMW gets skilled workers for less
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: Negative ads have made it ‘very difficult’ for Dems to run on health reform
Myglesias / Yglesias:
FA Hayek, Statist
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
In Washington State, Has the Ultimate Outsider Become the Ultimate Insider?
Discussion: National Review and NRSC
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
'Go Watch This Video. …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Smug Democrats  —  THE HILLS are alive with the sound …
John Maggs / The Politico:
Time's up for Dems' hopes for upturn
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and NRSC
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
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