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7:00 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
CNN:
Suspicious packages ‘contain explosive material,’ Obama says  —  For more coverage visit CNN affiliates WPVI and WABC.  Are you there?  Send pictures and video.  —  (CNN) — Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for the United States …
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Washington Post:
Obama: Suspicious packages are a ‘credible terrorist threat’
Discussion: The Fix and Outside the Beltway
Associated Press:
Obama: Terror explosives found, bound for US
Discussion: TigerHawk
ABCNEWS:
President Says Explosives Found In Packages From Yemen Bound For US
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Daily Kos
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
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.
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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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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid: Sharron Angle is “pathological”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
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.
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Rubio uses Meek controversy even as his lead looks insurmountable
Discussion: CNN
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.
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
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
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.
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
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: Wonkette and Capitol Hill Blue
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Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter sex scandal gets spotlight again in debate with Charlie Melancon
Discussion: Ballot Box, Salon and RealClearPolitics
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
And the FAIR Tax Trap  —  Democrats turn a conservative fad against GOP candidates.  —  Public anxiety over rising taxes is helping Republicans in this midterm election—with one exception.  Democrats are trying to turn the tables on the GOP over the so-called FAIR Tax …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and National Review
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
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 …
 
 
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Tancredo: It's ‘Elitist’ …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
DSCC going on air in Alaska
Discussion: National Review
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
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP senator has ‘sure-win list,’ predicts party takes control of Senate
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IDIOCY WATCH.... In 2009, three Americans were detained …
 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 …
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
New High of 46% of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hit & Run and SpeakEasy
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