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7:25 PM ET, October 28, 2010

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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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AKMuckraker / The Mudflats:
Breaking: New Alaska Senate Poll Shows McAdams Surging Past Embattled Joe Miller  —  A new poll conducted by Hays Research confirms what we already intuitively know.  Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller's candidacy is in big trouble.  —  The percentage of those who feel either …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
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: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
Murkowski's Fate Will Be Tied to Court Decisions
Discussion: Salon
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?  —  Jon Stewart allowed Obama the time to frame responses the way the president wanted to.  Stewart hosted Obama on ‘Daily Show’ Wednesday night.  —  President Obama was on “The Daily Show” Wednesday night, in case you haven't heard.
Discussion: sisu, BAGnewsNotes and The Daily Caller
Gloria Goodale / Christian Science Monitor:
Revealed: schedule for ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’  —  Comedy Central has provided no details about the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.’ But the park service permit lays out the schedule minute-by-minute.  —  Whew!
William K. Black / The Huffington Post:
No Mr. President, Larry Summers Did Not Resolve the Financial Crisis …
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Obama No Longer Bothering to Lie Credibly: Claims Financial Crisis …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Firedoglake
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  —  In May 2009, after Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement, Laurence H. Tribe, the prominent Harvard Law professor, wrote a two-page letter to President Obama that bluntly laid out his views about several justices and potential nominees.
Discussion: National Review
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
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and POWIP
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
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 …
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.
Jillian Bandes / Townhall.com:
ON THE ROAD: Pennsylvania's Race Gets Dirty As Sestak Slings Feces  —  In his final push against Republican Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate race, an advertisement from Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak features a bag of feces collected from his family dog.  Sestak swings the bag into the trash can …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Sick. Joe Sestak Smears Dog Sh*t on Toomey in Attack Ad (Video)
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Booman Tribune and msnbc.com
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.
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.
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Sleeper Race That Matters for 2012  —  In an election cycle where so many Democrats are running away from President Obama, Ohio's Democratic Governor Ted Strickland has unflinchingly embraced Obama from the beginning.  And the White House and Democratic establishment have gone to the mat for Strickland.
ETonline:
Sarah Palin: I will Run for President in 2012 If There's Nobody Else To Do It  —  Exclusive: ET's Mary Hart visits Sarah Palin at home in Wasilla, Alaska, where the former Republican vice presidential candidate tells ET she'll run for president in 2012 “if there's nobody else to do it.”
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill, Panel Says  —  WASHINGTON — Halliburton and BP knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the Macondo 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 …
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Millionaire Targets Kentucky Democrat Who Is Prosecuting Alleged Abuse in His Nursing Home  —  Terry Forcht Is Banker For American Crossroads, Rove Group Spending Millions To Beat Jack Conway  —  In the bitter U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, a local millionaire has helped launch a barrage …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Joy Behar Apologizes For Calling Sharron Angle “Bitch”; Says It's “A Term Of Endearment”  —  Yesterday we asked if Joy Behar should apologize for calling Sharron Angle a bitch - and then doing it again the next day.  —  Well guess what?  She did!  And then she called the rest of the women on The View bitches too.
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Whitman says her former housekeeper should be deported  —  As Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman tours parts of California that have traditionally been receptive to GOP candidates, she's also appealing directly to conservative TV audiences, hoping to fire up her party's base.
Discussion: Calitics
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty hits back at Dems with his own FOIA request  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said he'll file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with federal agencies to obtain information about Democrats' work to promote healthcare reform.  —  Pawlenty hit the Democratic National Committee …
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 …
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
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Poll shows Dem's lead widening in Del. Senate race  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Despite a spate of television ads aimed at reintroducing her to voters, Republican Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell of Delaware has failed to chip away at Democratic nominee Chris Coons' strong lead, according to a new poll.
Judy L. Randall / Staten Island Advance:
Grimm, on stage for congressional debate, comes face-to-face with his ex-wife — wearing a McMahon button  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Call it a bit of campaign shenanigans unrivaled even in the rough and tumble that is a hallmark of Staten Island politics.  —  Just before Democratic …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:
Without driver or map, vans go from Italy to China
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rove: Huckabee apologized
Discussion: Arkansas Blog
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Washington Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Anti-Rossi Protester
Adele M. Stan / AlterNet.org:
Ginni Thomas' Think Tank Allied With Group That Celebrates Spanish Inquisition
Charles Pope / Oregonian:
Rep. Peter DeFazio battles opponent at home, money from the East Coast
 Earlier Items: 
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
E-Mail Reveals Dispute Over City's Antisoda Ad
Mike Levine / Liveshots:
NYPD Issues Threat Note After Va. Arrest
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Jawa Report
Katie Trout / nccivitas.org:
Civitas Poll: Ellmers Leads Etheridge Heading into Final Weekend
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
China 1, New Jersey 0  —  On Tuesday, the residents of New Jersey saw …
Discussion: Associated Press