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6:15 PM ET, October 29, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Divided We Fail  —  Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week.  How worried should we be by that prospect?  —  Not very, say some pundits.  After all, the last time Republicans controlled Congress while a Democrat lived in the White House …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Next Two Years  —  President Obama is likely to suffer a pummeling defeat on Tuesday.  But the road map for his recovery is pretty straightforward.  —  First, the president is going to have to win back independents.  Liberals are now criticizing him for being too timid.
CEPR:
David Brooks Tells Us the Unemployed Are Really Concerned About Values
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Washington Post:
Obama: Suspicious packages are a ‘credible terrorist threat’
Discussion: The Fix and Outside the Beltway
Chicago Tribune:
Why is Assange still alive?  —  I'd like to ask a simple question: Why isn't Julian Assange dead?  —  In case you didn't know, Assange is the Australian computer programmer behind WikiLeaks, a massive — and massively successful — effort to disclose secret or classified information.
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DougJ / Balloon Juice:
Murder he wrote  —  Jonah Goldberg calls for Julian Assange's murder. … Of course, this is nowhere near as bad as using the word curb-stomping in a post.  —  When hundreds of thousands of Iraqis die as a result of “collateral damage”, that just proves freedom is messy.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle poll data improve  —  Reid countering with huge effort to get out his voters  —  Positioned to pull off the biggest upset in the nation, GOP challenger Sharron Angle heads into Election Day leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Harry Reid by 4 percentage points, says a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow.
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CBS News:
DNC Chair: No Sign of GOP Wave in Early Voting
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Boykin Exposes Obama's Health Care Conspiracy to Build His Brownshirt Army  —  This is Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, who was the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under Donald Rumsfeld until video emerged of him explaining that we were engaged in a spiritual war against Islam …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Salon
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Ohio McDonald's employees get voting instructions with their paychecks  —  If you work for this Canton, Ohio McDonald's franchise, you'd better be voting Republican if you know what's good for you.  —  Via ThinkProgress: … The “right people” are John Kasich, Rob Portman, and Jim Renacci for this franchisee.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
McDonald's Telling Employees How to Vote in Ohio
Discussion: Salon
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Chris Coons camp: Gawker post about Christine O'Donnell ‘cowardly’  —  Delaware Democrat Chris Coons on Friday denounced as “cowardly” an anonymous Gawker post from a man claiming a drunken encounter with Republican Christine O'Donnell  —  “The Gawker item is despicable …
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The Smoking Gun:
On The Trail Of “Anonymous,” Christine O'Donnell's Sex-Free Pal
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
NOW refuses comment on Gawker's Christine O'Donnell sex smear UPDATE …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Swamping Murkowski  —  The latest from Alaska's procedural wars:  —  Just hours before the final deadline, more than 100 Alaskans came out Thursday to file as write-in candidates in an effort to thwart Sen. Lisa Murkowski's bid to retain her Senate seat.  —  At the urging of a local talk radio host …
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Bloomberg:
Poll Shows Americans Don't Know GDP Grew With Tax Cuts and Bailout Profits  —  The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks and has overseen an economy that has grown for the past four quarters.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Compares DADT Judge To Al-Qaeda  —  Justice Tom Parker (center) poses with the leaders of two hate groups  —  Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, a disciple of disgraced former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, released a campaign ad comparing the judge …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sandra Day O'Connor v. the People
Discussion: The Awl
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Crist Would Caucus With Democrats, Advisor Says  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist would caucus with Senate Democrats if he wins Florida's three-way U.S. Senate contest on Tuesday, a close advisor told Washington Wire Friday.  —  That's a big “if.”  Mr. Crist is trailing Republican candidate Marco Rubio in most polls.
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Pelosi, Among Others, Could Exit if Dems Lose House  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives for a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss Democratic accomplishments during the past congressional session  —  As Nancy Pelosi goes, so might a generation of her colleagues.
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter sex scandal gets spotlight again in debate with Charlie Melancon  —  Louisiana's U.S. Senate candidates tangled over illegal immigration, the federal deficit and the role of money in politics Thursday during their final face-to-face meeting in a campaign that has grown increasingly nasty and personal as Election Day nears.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Salon and RealClearPolitics
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senator David Vitter refuses to say if he broke law
Discussion: Wonkette and Capitol Hill Blue
Jennifer E. Duffy / Hotline On Call:
Farewell to ‘Precinct Reporting’  —  For as long as anyone can remember, television networks and the Associated Press have reported votes on election night by saying, “With x percent of precincts reporting ...” But, this method of reporting election results is about to go the way of the VCR.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gary Langer / The Numbers:
Tea Party or No, Palin's Popularity Still Lags  —  Sarah Palin's interest in the presidency is not being reciprocated by most Americans: Two-thirds of registered voters in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say she's unqualified for the job, and more than half continue to rate her unfavorably overall.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case  —  Citing cases dating back as far as 1928, a judge has ruled that a young girl accused of running down an elderly woman while racing a bicycle with training wheels on a Manhattan sidewalk two years ago can be sued for negligence.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays, survey finds  —  A majority of active-duty and reserve service members surveyed by the Defense Department would not object to serving and living alongside openly gay troops, according to multiple people familiar with the findings.
Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
GOP Insurgents May Disrupt Leaders' Plans and Go Rogue  —  DLHawthorne  —  I wish ‘gridlock’ was all it is, but I am afraid that the vast majority of people (left, right, and fringe) do not understand that we are rapidly approaching the threshold of political collapse.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Dish
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Woman Receives Death Threats Days After Beck Targets Her On His Show  —  The League of Women Voters has filed complaints with police in Evanston, IL and the FBI saying that one of their officials has been targeted by death threats relating to a candidatess debate she moderated last week.
Discussion: Daily Herald
Hit & Run:
Attack Ads, Circa 1800  —  Have this year's negative political ads really “taken dirty to a whole new level, as CNN's Anderson Cooper frets?  Is a “return to civility...a relic of a bygone era,” as President Barack Obama laments?  —  Er, not exactly.  —  If anonymous political speech …
 
 
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Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Fresno County ballots use wrong language for Prop. 23
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Do the Rich Need Coddling?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Yglesias
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Complaint: Elderly Black Voters Intimidated at Home
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Balloon Juice
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Four questions for Republicans...and four answers for undecided voters
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Minn. to accept health care cash
Discussion: Swampland
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP senator has ‘sure-win list,’ predicts party takes control of Senate
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
‘Slasher’ in line to lead House panel
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IDIOCY WATCH.... In 2009, three Americans were detained …
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Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
A Secret Tea Party Donor Revealed
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll of Polls: Obama's approval rating on the rise?
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Beer for votes?  —  A Virginia Democratic organization appears …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“Radical in the White House”
Discussion: National Review and POWIP
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
NYT: Jon Stewart's ‘Restore Sanity’ …
Discussion: Gawker
Robert B. Reich / Wall Street Journal:
Why Business Should Fear the Tea Party