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1:35 PM 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.
The Politico:
Jon Stewart gets serious
Discussion: CNN, TBD All News and Don Surber
Gloria Goodale / Christian Science Monitor:
Revealed: schedule for ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Obama No Longer Bothering to Lie Credibly: Claims Financial Crisis …
Discussion: Firedoglake and AmSpecBlog
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   President Obama denies batch of pardons
Associated Press:
Obama On ‘Daily Show’: Stewart Presses President To Defend 'Timid …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:   Obama is a guest as Jon Stewart brings his ‘Daily Show’ gags to town
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 …
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Poll: Miller falls to last place
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.
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”.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
A Referendum on the Redeemer  —  Barack Obama put the Democrats …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHUTZPAH WATCH.... Even during an election cycle with some truly breathtaking Republican candidates, Ohio's Rich Iott seemed to stand out.  Iott, recruited by the NRCC to take on Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) in Ohio's 9th district, hadn't made much of a name for himself, until we learned …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Old bulls move aside in new GOP
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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: INSTAPUTZ
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Sick. Joe Sestak Smears Dog Sh*t on Toomey in Attack Ad (Video)
Asheville Citizen-Times:
(2 of 3)  —  Miller said Shuler's ad suggesting Miller wanted to privatize Social Security or delay benefits for recipients crossed the line, because it completely distorts his position.  —  “I started getting calls from widows of veterans who had passed way asking if I was really going to do that,” Miller said.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
China 1, New Jersey 0  —  On Tuesday, the residents of New Jersey saw the future - in China.  On the same day that Governor Chris Christie killed funding for the badly needed second Hudson River rail tunnel, Beijing rolled out its fastest bullet train yet.  As it turns out …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Miya Shay  —  HOUSTON (KTRK) — We have a very important warning about misinformation being spread around some communities across our area.  Primarily, residents in local African-American neighborhoods are being told some misleading information about their vote.
Discussion: Raw Story and TPMMuckraker
Wayne Drash / CNN:
Diary tells hidden stories of Holocaust  —  Washington (CNN) — The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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Jesse Zwick / The Washington Independent:
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Discussion: Law Blog
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
In Spain, Homes Are Taken but Debt Stays
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Awl
The New Republic:
The Female Factor  —  How the Democrats can regain women's faith …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Democracy in America:
It doesn't matter that much  —  THE elections are coming …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Independents Drive GOP Midterm Advantage
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Discussion: The Reaction
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Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Demand Recourse
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Channeling Milton Friedman
Discussion: Paul Krugman