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5:25 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 …
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.
David Brooks Tells Us the Unemployed Are Really Concerned About Values
Discussion: TalkLeft
U.S. alert focuses on cargo after suspicious packages found overseas  —  For more coverage visit CNN affiliates WPVI and WABC.  Are you there?  Send pictures and video.  —  (CNN) — Cargo planes and trucks in several U.S. cities were inspected Friday after investigators found suspicious packages …
Washington Post:
Suspicious packages possibly linked to al-Qaeda  —  U.S. counterterrorism officials said that two suspicious packages removed from cargo planes en route to the United States on Friday did not contain explosives but may have been part of an attempt by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen to test cargo screening systems for vulnerabilities.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
US Scrambles After Intel Reports Of Bombs Sent on Cargo Planes
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fox News:
Authorities Investigating Several Suspicious Packages That Originated From Yemen
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News and The Awl
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs: Obama notified of ‘potential terrorist threat’ Thursday night
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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.
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
A Late Democratic Early Voting Surge in Nevada
CBS News:
DNC Chair: No Sign of GOP Wave in Early Voting
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Chris Coons camp: Gawker post about Christine O'Donnell ‘cowardly’
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 …
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 …
Discussion: SpeakEasy
Wall Street Journal:
Sandra Day O'Connor v. the People
Discussion: The Awl
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senator David Vitter refuses to say if he broke law  —  Louisiana Democrats are seizing on Republican Sen. David Vitter's repeated refusals during a debate to say whether he broke the law in connection with a prostitution ring in Washington, D.C.  —  The state Democratic Party on Friday launched …
Discussion: Capitol Hill Blue and Wonkette
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter sex scandal gets spotlight again in debate with Charlie Melancon
Discussion: Ballot Box, Salon and RealClearPolitics
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.
Discussion: The Fix, Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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.
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
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Many Dems Expected to Retire — Including Pelosi — if They Lose the 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.
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
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  —  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.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Report: Justice Department tried to hide officials involvement in dismissing voter-intimidation lawsuit  —  The Justice Department has tried to hide the involvement of high-level political officials in the dismissal of a controversial voter-intimidation lawsuit against members of the New Black Panther Party …
Robert B. Reich / Wall Street Journal:
Why Business Should Fear the Tea Party  —  CEOs who complain about uncertainties caused by President Obama's policies aren't going to be happy about a new crop of congressman seeking to abolish the Fed.  —  America's business leaders have not exactly shied away from offering political views.
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Complaint: Elderly Black Voters Intimidated at Home  —  A voting rights lawyer has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice that elderly black voters are being harassed and intimidated at their homes in eastern Texas.  Gerry Hebert, executive director of the Campaign Legal Center …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
NYT: Jon Stewart's ‘Restore Sanity’ Will ‘Parody’ Glenn Beck's ‘Religious-Themed Rally’  —  Didn't Jon Stewart tell the media “Restore Sanity” was not a response to Glenn Beck?  Yes, he did.  —  According to what the New York Times has dug up, Jon Stewart's “Restore Sanity” …
Discussion: Gawker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IDIOCY WATCH.... In 2009, three Americans were detained and imprisoned by the Iranian government while hiking near the Iran/Iraq border.  Two of the three — Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer — remain behind bars, accused of espionage.  —  The United States, of course, wants Iran to set them free …
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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
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
Gina Cooper / The Huffington Post:
Lies, Disappearing Documents, Surround Republican David Rivera (FL-25)
Discussion: and Daily Kos
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Politico and Booman Tribune
Myglesias / Yglesias:
McDonald's Telling Employees How to Vote in Ohio
Discussion: Salon
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
How To Tell If Obama Blew the Election, Or If It Was Blown At All