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4:50 PM ET, October 27, 2010


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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.
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.
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 …
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
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: Gawker, TPMDC, The Eye and Washington Post
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell threatened to sue radio station  —  Christine O'Donnell threatened Tuesday to sue a Delaware radio station for not turning over a videotape of an interview with the Republican Senate nominee.  —  A campaign official demanded that WDEL give them the tape of the interview …
Fhardingj / CNN:
TRENDING: O'Donnell threatened to sue radio station
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GET TO KNOW ‘CUTGO’.... The “Paygo” policies of the 1990s proved …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Employers in U.S. Start Bracing for Higher Tax Withholding
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
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.
Washington Post:
Feds arrest N.Va. man in D.C. Metro bomb plot  —  Federal law enforcement authorities have arrested a Northern Virginia man in connection with an alleged plot to carry out a series of terrorist bombings at stations in the Washington Metro system, according to a federal indictment.
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%
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Suppressing the Vote, GOP Style
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.
Ryan Kearney / TBD All News:
A guide to the misguided criticism of the Stewart/Colbert rally
Discussion: Rough Sketch, sisu and Big Hollywood
Michelle Malkin:
Hah: Sharron Angle sends Behar flowers; Update: Open-borders Behar responds on The Spew, reiterates “bitch” comment  —  After Joy Behar's “bitch” session on The Spew yesterday, Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle struck back...with flowers and a cheery note.  —  Via Elizabeth Crum at NRO Battle '10:
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
It's Freak Week!
Discussion: NY Daily News and Salon
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Kimberly-Clark rolls out tube-free Scott toilet paper  —  The toilet paper roll is about to undergo its biggest change in 100 years: going tubeless.  —  On Monday, Kimberly-Clark, one of the world's biggest makers of household paper products, will begin testing Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Conducts First Sit-Down With Progressive Bloggers  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has gone on a veritable media blitz as the election has approached, speaking to reporters in off-record settings, doing sit-down interviews with traditional …
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 …
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.
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
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dem game plan: Divide and conquer  —  With just six days left until Election Day, a key component of the Democratic strategy to hold the House is becoming clear: In more than a dozen close races, Democrats are encouraging and advancing little-known, conservative third-party candidates …
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.
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: The New Republic
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Preston on Politics: Steele eyes second term as RNC chair  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is taking steps to run for another two-year term and outlined his plan in a conference call last week to a handful of state GOP officials, three Republicans familiar with call tell CNN.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
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Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
In Writings of Obama, a Philosophy Is Unearthed
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
A reminder of where we are  —  As the rhetoric heats …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Bookie says GOP can't lose House, pays bets early
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Fiorina released from hospital, will resume campaign Thursday
Discussion: CNN and Left Coast Rebel
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Corporate campaign ads haven't followed Supreme Court's prediction
Discussion: Law Blog
 Earlier Items: 
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In its biggest foreign market, BMW gets skilled workers for less
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Sheriff Tom Dart won't run for Chicago mayor
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Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
In Washington State, Has the Ultimate Outsider Become the Ultimate Insider?
Discussion: National Review and NRSC
John Maggs / The Politico:
Time's up for Dems' hopes for upturn
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and NRSC