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11:10 PM ET, October 28, 2010

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Gawker:
I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O'Donnell  —  Three years ago this week, an intoxicated Christine O'Donnell showed up at the apartment of a 25-year-old Philadelphian and ended up spending the night in his bed.  Here's his story—and photos—of his escapade with the would-be Delaware senator.
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Michelle Malkin:
The Gawker smear machine: A refresher course  —  If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know all about the Gawker smear machine and its misogynist war on conservative women.  —  Under Gawker Media boss Nick Denton, barrel-scraping blog Wonkette published racist, sexist crap like this:
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Dustin Dominiak: The Guy Who Sleazed Christine O'Donnell, Says Friend (Updated)  —  ​Remember that time earlier this afternoon Gawker took some guy's sleazy story about the time three years ago on Halloween he hooked up with Christine O'Donnell, the would-be Senator from Delaware …
Discussion: The Awl
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bill Clinton pushed Kendrick Meek to quit Florida race  —  Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week — and nearly succeeded.  —  Meek agreed — twice — to drop out and endorse Gov. Charlie Crist's independent bid …
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Meek denies report he was going to drop out of Florida Senate race, endorse Crist
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Poll: Miller falls to last place  —  After several rough weeks on the campaign trail, a new poll out of Alaska shows Republican Joe Miller has fallen to last place in the three-way Senate race.  —  A Hays Research Group poll released Thursday showed write-in candidates …
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Crystal Ball's Final Calls  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  The time has finally come in this two-year election cycle to make the final calls.  Thanks to everyone who has helped us by providing background info, tips, private polls, observations, and constructive criticism.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wow: Charlie Cook moves Barney Frank's seat from “likely Democratic” to “lean Democratic”  —  Remember, as of just a few weeks ago, this seat wasn't even on the board.  Then, for the first time in decades, MA-4 popped up in the “likely Democratic” column.  And now, if you'll pardon the pun, it's moved a bit further to the right.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GayPatriot
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Tribe to Obama: Sotomayor Is “Not Nearly As Smart As She Seems To Think She Is”  —  I've obtained a copy of an interesting letter that Harvard law professor Larry Tribe wrote to his protégé, President Barack Obama, in the immediate aftermath of Justice Souter's announcement of his decision to retire from the Court.
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Lynda Waddington / Iowa Independent:
Anti-judge bus tour dwarfed by pro-retention rally  —  CEDAR RAPIDS — If event attendees are any indication of ballot totals following midterm elections Tuesday, three Iowa Supreme Court justices up for a retention vote next week will overwhelmingly maintain their seats.
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Leaked: Obama Mentor's Blunt Advice on Court Choices
Discussion: National Review
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On the Daily Show, Obama is the last laugh  —  On Comedy Central, the joke was on President Obama Wednesday night.  —  The president had come, on the eve of what will almost certainly be the loss of his governing majority, to plead his case before Jon Stewart, gatekeeper of the disillusioned left.
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Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama on ‘Daily Show’: Did he best Jon Stewart?
Paul Bedard / US News:
Poll: Most Want Obama Fired In 2012  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, rapped by the White House for pledging to make Barack Obama a one-term president, seems to have the support of a majority of Americans.  A new poll provided to Whispers says that 56 percent of likely voters want the president fired.
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Rasmussen Reports:
65% Favor Getting Rid of Entire Congress and Starting Over
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Meg Whitman: ‘It breaks my heart,’ but deport housekeeper  —  California GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman says her former housekeeper should be deported.  —  Whitman — down 10 percentage points in the latest Field Poll after spending over $140 million of her own money on the campaign …
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Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Whitman says her former housekeeper should be deported
Discussion: Calitics
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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Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Can Sarah Palin's Support Boost Joe Miller to Victory?
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
Alaska Supreme Court reverses ban on write-in candidate lists [Updated]
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
Laura Sullivan / NPR:
Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law … Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.  —  Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.  —  “The gentleman that's the main thrust of this thing …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems to air ad of Kentucky stomping incident — but only after 10 p.m.  —  The Kentucky Democratic Party is putting the stomping incident on the air — in Rand Paul's backyard.  —  Kentucky Dems will air a brutal new ad with violent footage of the stomping of MoveOn's Lauren Valle …
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Kenny Colston / cn|2 Politics:
Paul extends lead to more than 7 points in U.S. Senate race, cn|
Pew Hispanic Center:
Illegal Immigration Backlash Worries, Divides Latinos  —  The national political backlash against illegal immigration has created new divisions among Latinos and heightened their concerns about discrimination against members of their ethnic group-including those who were born in the United States or who immigrated legally.
Telegraph:
‘Liberal gene’ discovered by scientists  —  People with left wing views may have their political opinions controlled by a “liberal gene”, according to scientists.  —  The research suggests that some people have an inherent bias against conservative thinking, that is independent of their education or upbringing.
HillBuzz.org:
An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh and His Listeners — With Notes on the Democrat Civil War Already In Progress … Dear Rush,  —  It's my great hope that some of your listeners find a way to get this letter to you, or that it makes it to “Snerdley” and finds its way into your hands.
New York Times:
Schumer Subtly Maneuvers for Top Senate Post  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer shipped $500,000 to Nevada in recent weeks to help Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader and Mr. Schumer's political patron and close friend, as he fights for his political life.
Drudge Report:
BUSH MAKES PEACE: BOOK REVEALED  —  “It was a simple question, 'Can you remember the last day you didn't have a drink?'”  —  So begins President George W. Bush in the opening chapter ["Quitting"] from the most anticipated book of the season, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Libertarians unite  —  Bob Barr today endorsed Russ Feingold on WTDY:  —  What I look for in Washington are folks in the Senate and the House who put the Constitution first.  Not the “R” or the “D”, not partisan politics but the Constitution.  And what you have in Russ …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Panel Says Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill  —  WASHINGTON — Halliburton officials knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico that the cement mixture they planned to use to seal the bottom of the well was unstable but still went ahead with the job …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Rep. to DOJ: Watch tea party at polls  —  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether tea party groups are intimidating black and Hispanic voters in her district.  —  Jackson Lee has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to send poll monitors …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why We Should Eliminate the Corporate Income Tax  —  The FT has a piece today on the administration's plans to lower the corporate income tax rate in exchange for simplification—getting rid of a bunch of deductions.  This is a decent plan—and not just because it's the Full Employment …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
 
 
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Tom A. Peter / Christian Science Monitor:
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Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Judy L. Randall / Staten Island Advance:
Grimm, on stage for congressional debate, comes face-to-face …
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President Obama to visit mosque in Indonesia
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The Sleeper Race That Matters for 2012
Katie Trout / nccivitas.org:
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Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Millionaire Targets Kentucky Democrat Who Is Prosecuting Alleged Abuse …