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11:55 AM ET, October 28, 2010


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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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Betsy's Page
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama pleads for patience from Stewart on ‘Daily Show’  —  President Obama took to The Daily Show on Wednesday as part of his effort to motivate the young voters who propelled him into the Oval Office in 2008.  —  The president, who faces a possible GOP takeover of the House in less than a week …
The Politico:
Jon Stewart gets serious
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   President Obama denies batch of pardons
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Obama, Jon Stewart and Change
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:   Obama is a guest as Jon Stewart brings his ‘Daily Show’ gags to town
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama says he's evolving on gay marriage  —  President Barack Obama told a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday that his views on same-sex marriage, which he has previously opposed, are evolving and that society is moving in the direction of granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Oliver Willis:
Full Transcript Of President Obama's Meeting With Progressive Bloggers  —  THE PRESIDENT: Well, listen, I know we've got limited time, so I'm not going to give a long speech on the front end.  —  I thank you guys for coming in.  Obviously a huge part of my base reads you guys, cares about what you do.
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog Gay:
Transcript of Q and A with the President about DADT and Same-sex marriage  —  UPDATE: The entire transcript (including non-gay questions) is over on the main site.  —  This doesn't happen every day, so I'm posting on both sites.  —  As John reported, I attended a question-and-answer session …
Atrios / Eschaton:
My Day  —  Have not had chance to read.  —  THE WHITE HOUSE  —  Office of the Press Secretary  —  Internal Transcript October 27, 2010  —  ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT  —  WITH BLOGGERS  —  Roosevelt Room  —  3:14 P.M. EDT
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Agonist and Corrente
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama tells bloggers he has a lame-duck strategy to end DADT  —  President Obama told a small group of liberal bloggers Wednesday that he has a strategy for ending “Don't ask, don't tell” during the lame-duck session.  —  Obama declined to divulge his plans for ending the controversial law through Congress …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Meets with Progressive Bloggers
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 …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Tea party antics could end up burning Republicans  —  The tea party's volatile influence on this election year appears to be doing more harm than good for Republicans' chances in some of the closest races in the nation, in which little-known candidates who upset the establishment with primary wins …
Republicans Win House, Get No Mandate in Poll Favoring Clinton  —  Republicans are poised to retake the U.S. House next week without a mandate from voters to carry out their policies, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.  —  The minority party, whose supporters are more motivated and enthusiastic …
New York Times:
Obama Coalition Is Fraying, Poll Finds  —  Critical parts of the coalition that delivered President Obama to the White House in 2008 and gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006 are switching their allegiance to the Republicans in the final phase of the midterm Congressional elections …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Karl Rove questions Sarah Palin's suitability for president  —  Karl Rove, the former senior adviser to George W Bush, has cast doubt on Sarah Palin's viability as a White House candidate, questioning if the American people thought she had the “gravitas” for the “most demanding job in the world”.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT SHARRON ANGLE CONSIDERS ‘WICKED’.... In some uses of slang, I suppose “wicked” could be flattering.  If Chuckie Sullivan says, “My friend Will Hunting is wicked smart,” it's intended as praise.  —  When extremist Senate candidate Sharron Angle characterizes Social Security as “wicked …
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 …
Blazing Cat Fur:
Richard Warman Sues Blazingcatfur For Linking To “Far Right” Mark Steyn  —  About 18 months ago everybody's favourite Ex-Canadian Human Rights Commission employee Richard Warman launched one of his many, as in very many, SLAPP suits against yours truly for, among other dastardly deeds …
Simone Baribeau / Bloomberg:
Florida Democrat Leads Quinnipiac University Governor Poll for First Time  —  Florida Democrat Alex Sink leads Republican Rick Scott in the race for governor of the fourth- most-populous U.S. state for the first time in a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters.
Discussion: The Reaction
Jillian Bandes /
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and INSTAPUTZ
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Arkansas School Board Member Wants ‘Fags’ To ‘Commit Suicide’ And To ‘Give Each Other AIDS And Die’  —  Last week, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) asked people to “Go Purple” to call attention to the suicides of six teenagers who were victims of homophobic bullying.
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 …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Independents Drive GOP Midterm Advantage  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  With the midterm elections less than a week away, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that Republicans continue …
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
A Referendum on the Redeemer  —  Barack Obama put the Democrats in the position of forever redeeming a fallen nation rather than leading a great one.  —  Whether or not the Republicans win big next week, it is already clear that the “transformative” aspirations of the Obama presidency …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Channeling Milton Friedman  —  Enough about John Maynard Keynes.  We can be sure the 20th century British economic giant would advise more government spending to spur U.S. economic growth with consumers and businesses so hesitant and short-term interest rates at zero.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Nigeria intercepts 13 Iran missile containers possibly destined for Gaza  —  Rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives camouflaged as building material were seized in the Nigerian port of Lagos.  —  Nigeria's secret service said on Tuesday it had intercepted 13 containers of weapons …
Discussion: The New Republic
Geoffrey Dickens / blogs:
Matthews: How Long Before We See Tea Partiers Start Showing Up in Uniform, 1930s Style?  —  Chris Matthews, on Wednesday's Hardball, not so cryptically compared the actions of Republican volunteers to that of Nazi-style tactics from the 1930s as he claimed the restraining of a activist …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
2010 Electorate Still Looking More Republican Than in the Past  —  GOP Election Day advantage aided by surge in independents who lean Republican  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's latest figures on the composition of the 2010 electorate suggest that, consistent with an earlier Gallup report …
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
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