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1:15 AM ET, October 29, 2010

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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 …
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Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
Charlie Crist asked Clinton camp to suggest Meek drop out, source says  —  Charlie Crist personally called a top adviser to Bill Clinton and asked if the former president would discuss with Kendrick Meek the possibility of dropping out of the Florida Senate race, according to a source close to Clinton.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Clinton to CNN: I spoke with Meek twice
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Meek denies report he was going to drop out of Florida Senate race, endorse Crist
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Crist says White House was involved
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
The Gawker smear machine: A refresher course; Update: O'Donnell responds  —  If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know all about the Gawker smear machine and its misogynist war on conservative women.  —  Under Gawker Media boss Nick Denton, barrel-scraping blog Wonkette published racist, sexist crap like this:
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 …
Discussion: YID With LID and Classical Values
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Dustin Dominiak: The Guy Who Sleazed Christine O'Donnell, Says Friend (Updated)  —  ​Remember that time earlier this afternoon Gawker took some guy's sleazy story about the time three years ago on Halloween he hooked up with Christine O'Donnell, the would-be Senator from Delaware …
Discussion: The Awl
Jessica Coen / Jezebel:
Why You Care About Christine O'Donnell Getting To Third Base  —  So here's the deal: One time Christine O'Donnell got drunk and made out with a dude.  They didn't do it, BUT STILL.  —  Except, well, who really cares?  Actually, you do.  Maybe not you individually or specifically, but you …
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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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Crystal Ball's Final Calls  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  The time has finally come in this two-year election cycle to make the final calls.  Thanks to everyone who has helped us by providing background info, tips, private polls, observations, and constructive criticism.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wow: Charlie Cook moves Barney Frank's seat from “likely Democratic” to “lean Democratic”  —  Remember, as of just a few weeks ago, this seat wasn't even on the board.  Then, for the first time in decades, MA-4 popped up in the “likely Democratic” column.  And now, if you'll pardon the pun, it's moved a bit further to the right.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GayPatriot
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
Discussion: National Review
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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Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama on ‘Daily Show’: Did he best Jon Stewart?
Courier-Journal:
Women  —  Preston and Tucker illustrate one problem Conway may face come Election Day.  —  The poll found that women, a reliable Democratic voting bloc, are becoming less likely to vote for Conway.  The poll found that Conway leads Paul just 48 percent to 46 percent among women …
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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.
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Rasmussen Reports:
65% Favor Getting Rid of Entire Congress and Starting Over
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Meg Whitman: ‘It breaks my heart,’ but deport housekeeper  —  California GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman says her former housekeeper should be deported.  —  Whitman — down 10 percentage points in the latest Field Poll after spending over $140 million of her own money on the campaign …
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Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Whitman says her former housekeeper should be deported
Discussion: Calitics
CNN:
Arkansas school board member to resign over anti-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.
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.
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.
Tom A. Peter / Christian Science Monitor:
Osama bin Laden threatens French troops, France announces pullout from Afghanistan  —  France denies any connection between its decision to remove troops from Afghanistan in 2011 and Osama bin Laden's pledge to attack French troops.  —  Kabul, Afghanistan  —  France is leaving Afghanistan.
New York Times:
As Reid Falters, Schumer Subtly Stands in the Wings  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer shipped $500,000 to Nevada in recent weeks to help Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader and Mr. Schumer's political patron and close friend, as he fights for his political life.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Tom Junod / Esquire:
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Margaret Cronin Fisk / Bloomberg:
Banks ‘Want to Sit Down’ With States to Discuss Foreclosures
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Democratic Candidates Make Net Neutrality a Campaign Issue
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Rep. to DOJ: Watch tea party at polls
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Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty hits back at Dems with his own FOIA request
 Earlier Items: 
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Washington Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Anti-Rossi Protester
Judy L. Randall / Staten Island Advance:
Grimm, on stage for congressional debate, comes face-to-face …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why We Should Eliminate the Corporate Income Tax
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
Adele M. Stan / AlterNet.org:
Ginni Thomas' Think Tank Allied With Group That Celebrates Spanish Inquisition
Katie Trout / nccivitas.org:
Civitas Poll: Ellmers Leads Etheridge Heading into Final Weekend