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12:50 PM ET, October 29, 2010


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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 …
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
NOW refuses comment on Gawker's Christine O'Donnell sex smear UPDATE …
Discussion: Jezebel and Wonkette
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell camp rips Gawker ‘slander’
I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O'Donnell
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Lefty gossip site somehow unites entire blogosphere behind Christine O'Donnell
The National Organization for Women (NOW) web site:
NOW to Media: Stop Reducing Women Candidates to Sex Objects Statement …
Discussion: National Review
Christine O'Donnell / Facebook:
O'Donnell Campaign Statement on the Universal Condemnation of the Gawker Story
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bill Clinton pushed Kendrick Meek to quit Florida race  —  Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week — and nearly succeeded.  —  Meek agreed — twice — to drop out and endorse Gov. Charlie Crist's independent bid …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama's calculated visits to battleground turf
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
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.
New York Times:
As Reid Falters, Schumer Subtly Stands in the Wings
Discussion: PostPartisan and Booman Tribune
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.
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.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Cafe Hayek
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 …
Austan Goolsbee / White Blog Feed:
Advance Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2010
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.
Ken Boehm / Big Government:
FTC Drops Investigation of Google Less Than a Week After Company …
Discussion: The Foundry and EconLog
School leader to quit over gay post  —  (CNN) — A school board district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site regrets the comments and will resign his seat, he told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday.  —  “I'm sorry I've hurt people with my comments …
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 …
National Review:
Pelosi's Cannon Fodder  —  To the speaker, health-care reform was a hill worth letting her members die for.  —  After ordering Pickett's charge, Robert E. Lee reputedly mingled on the Gettysburg battlefield with his soldiers fortunate enough to have survived the debacle.  “It's all my fault,” he said.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Dem leader Hoyer: ‘Unfortunate’ Pelosi is vilified in campaign
Frank Newport / Gallup:
One in 4 Say Congress Accomplished More Than Usual This Year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Despite the 111th Congress' passage of a lengthy list of legislation, including a massive healthcare bill, 37% of Americans say it has accomplished less this year than in the past few years, and a smaller 23% say it has accomplished more.
Donna McCollum / KTRE-TV:
Sabine Co. candidate blames newspaper error in his own ad … SABINE COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Since last December, Keith Nabours has been campaigning against tax increases for Sabine County property owners.  —  “My main concern is just for economic growth,” Nabours said.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Romenesko
Scott James / New York Times:
Election Is Critical, but Try Telling That to Gay Voters  —  Proposition 8, the referendum that ended same-sex marriage in California in 2008, is not officially on the ballot again this Election Day.  Gay rights advocates say it might as well be.  —  The results of two statewide races on Tuesday …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf / The Huffington Post:
Why I'm Honored to Be Named a Huffington Post Game Changer  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Thank you, Arianna.  And thanks also to everyone at The Huffington Post.  —  It is indeed an honor to be part of the extraordinary group being recognized this evening.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sandra Day O'Connor v. the People
Discussion: The Awl
Kevin Carey / Washington Monthly:
Transformation 101  —  Technology is driving down the cost of teaching undergraduates.
Discussion: Yglesias
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Dudegate vs. I Meant To Do That
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Man Busted For Waterboarding Girlfriend
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Jezebel and Gawker
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: Out of the wilderness and into the mix for 2012
Discussion: Politics Daily and GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case
Discussion: City Room, NPR Topics, Law Blog and Gawker
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
How To Tell If Obama Blew the Election, Or If It Was Blown At All
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Charles Peters / Washington Monthly:
Tilting at Windmills  —  Jobs versus schools: It's complicated
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wow: Charlie Cook moves Barney Frank's seat from “likely Democratic” …