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6:10 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 …
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 …
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Can Sarah Palin's Support Boost Joe Miller to Victory?
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Crystal Ball's Final Calls
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
Alaska Supreme Court reverses ban on write-in candidate lists [Updated]
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
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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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 …
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama on ‘Daily Show’: Did he best Jon Stewart?
Discussion: sisu, BAGnewsNotes and The Daily Caller
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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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.
Katie Trout / nccivitas.org:
Civitas Poll: Ellmers Leads Etheridge Heading into Final Weekend  —  Raleigh, N.C. - Democratic incumbent Congressman Bob Etheridge's electoral future appears to be in jeopardy as he trails Republican challenger Renee Ellmers by 5 percentage points with less than one week until the election.
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.”
Rasmussen Reports:
65% Favor Getting Rid of Entire Congress and Starting Over  —  Let's face it: Most Americans don't have much use for either of the major political parties and think it would be better to dump the entire Congress on Election Day.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
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 …
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 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 …
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 health reform.  —  Pawlenty hit the Democratic National Committee …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rove: Huckabee apologized  —  Karl Rove told a New York audience today that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee e-mailed him to apologize for a public shot at the former White House adviser.  —  Huckabee, in the course of denouncing “elitism” in the Republican Establishment …
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 …
Mike Levine / Liveshots:
NYPD Issues Threat Note After Va. Arrest  —  The arrest Wednesday of a Virginia man who thought he was aiding an Al Qaeda attack on the Washington, D.C., transit system is further proof that “radical jihadists” are inside the United States, and it's a reminder to cities around the country …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Runnin' Scared
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.
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
 
 
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Washington Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Anti-Rossi Protester
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DNC chief doubles down, says Democrats ‘nuts’ to run from party
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Adele M. Stan / AlterNet.org:
Ginni Thomas' Think Tank Allied With Group That Celebrates Spanish Inquisition
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Charles Pope / Oregonian:
Rep. Peter DeFazio battles opponent at home, money from the East Coast
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E-Mail Reveals Dispute Over City's Antisoda Ad
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Heath Shuler May Challenge Pelosi for Speaker
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End the War on Pot
Wayne Drash / CNN:
Diary tells hidden stories of Holocaust
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