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4:05 AM ET, October 29, 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; Update: O'Donnell responds  —  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:
The Smoking Gun:
On The Trail Of “Anonymous,” Christine O'Donnell's Sex-Free Pal  —  Buster … [UPDATE: TSG has identified the “Anonymous” correspondent who today detailed his purported (sexless) one-night stand with Christine O'Donnell.  See bottom of piece.]  —  Readers of today's first-person account …
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
Jessica Coen / Jezebel:
Why You Care About Christine O'Donnell Getting To Third Base  —  So here's the deal: One time Christine O'Donnell got drunk and made out with a dude.  They didn't do it, BUT STILL.  —  Except, well, who really cares?  Actually, you do.  Maybe not you individually or specifically, but you …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Lefty gossip site somehow unites entire blogosphere behind Christine O'Donnell  —  I'm not linking the post — read Michelle's take instead — but this is worth blogging anyway for the unusual degree of bipartisan contempt directed at the “scoop” in question.
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
NOW refuses comment on Gawker's Christine O'Donnell sex smear UPDATE …
Discussion: Wonkette
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Crist says White House was involved
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Meek denies report he was going to drop out of Florida Senate race, endorse Crist
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Clinton to CNN: I spoke with Meek twice
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Once again, Bill Clinton tries unsuccessfully to nudge an …
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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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.
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 …
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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Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Leaked: Obama Mentor's Blunt Advice on Court Choices
Discussion: National Review
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
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Shocker: Bush beats Obama 48/43 in poll
CNN:
Arkansas school board member to resign over anti-gay post  —  (CNN) — A school board district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site regrets the comments and will resign his seat, he told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday.
Tom Junod / Esquire:
The Sore Winners: Will America's Super Minority Sink Us All?  —  Last summer — long before Bill O'Reilly reminded Whoopi Goldberg that “Muslims killed us on 9/11,” well before Jan Brewer reminded the Arizona police what identity politics mean today, and certainly before an election that's less …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Charles Peters / Washington Monthly:
Tilting at Windmills  —  Jobs versus schools: It's complicated  —  In January of 1979, Marion Berry was about to take office for his first term as mayor of Washington.  A mutual friend mistakenly thought we might hit it off and brought us together for lunch.  He asked me what I thought was Washington's number one problem.
Tom A. Peter / Christian Science Monitor:
Osama bin Laden threatens French troops, France announces pullout from Afghanistan  —  France denies any connection between its decision to remove troops from Afghanistan in 2011 and Osama bin Laden's pledge to attack French troops.  —  Kabul, Afghanistan  —  France is leaving Afghanistan.
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.
Ken Boehm / Big Government:
FTC Drops Investigation of Google Less Than a Week After Company Exec Hosts Obama Fundraiser  —  Yesterday, the White House blog asked “as special interest billionaires continued to pour secret donations of millions of dollars each into front groups supporting Republicans, we asked the obvious question: “What do they expect in return?
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
Courier-Journal:
Women  —  Preston and Tucker illustrate one problem Conway may face come Election Day.  —  The poll found that women, a reliable Democratic voting bloc, are becoming less likely to vote for Conway.  The poll found that Conway leads Paul just 48 percent to 46 percent among women …
New York Times:
As Reid Falters, Schumer Subtly Stands in the Wings  —  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.
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: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
 
 
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