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11:00 AM 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 …
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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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell camp rips Gawker ‘slander’  —  Christine O'Donnell's campaign late Thursday night responded to an anonymous Gawker post claiming a drunken encounter with Delaware's Republican Senate nominee, calling it “sexism and slander.”  —  “This story is just another example …
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:
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
NOW refuses comment on Gawker's Christine O'Donnell sex smear UPDATE: Cheers O'Donnell's loss, slams smear  —  Following gossip website Gawker's publication of an anonymous story alleging a one-night encounter between the author and Republican senatorial candidate for Delaware Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: Wonkette
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Lefty gossip site somehow unites entire blogosphere behind Christine O'Donnell  —  I'm not linking the post — read Michelle's take instead — but this is worth blogging anyway for the unusual degree of bipartisan contempt directed at the “scoop” in question.
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
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Clinton to CNN: I spoke with Meek twice
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Crist says White House was involved
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Once again, Bill Clinton tries unsuccessfully to nudge an …
Discussion: Guardian
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Meek denies report he was going to drop out of Florida Senate race, endorse Crist
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
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Robert B. Reich / Wall Street Journal:
Why Business Should Fear the Tea Party
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
CNN:
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 …
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.
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Crystal Ball's Final Calls
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Poll: Miller falls to last place
Michael Powell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at a 2% Rate in the Third Quarter  —  The United States economy grew at an annual rate of 2 percent in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday, as it struggles to gain any momentum for a sustained recovery.  —  That estimated numbermatched the consensus forecasts …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
How To Tell If Obama Blew the Election, Or If It Was Blown At All  —  Republicans are going to gain a lot of seats in the midterm elections.  The big question is why.  Political punditry has been saturated with arguments interpreting this result as a verdict of sorts on the Obama administration.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: Out of the wilderness and into the mix for 2012  —  HARRISBURG, PA. - It has all the makings of Newt Gingrich's favorite kind of election: A cranky electorate.  A Democratic president on the ropes.  Republicans poised to take one or both houses of Congress.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Halliburton:
HALLIBURTON COMMENTS ON NATIONAL COMMISSION CEMENT TESTING  —  HOUSTON, Texas - (NYSE:HAL) On May 22, 2010, President Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling (the “Commission") to examine the facts and circumstances to determine …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Dem leader Hoyer: ‘Unfortunate’ Pelosi is vilified in campaign  —  LAUREL, Md. — Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) could wind up supplanting Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the Democratic House leader in a matter of weeks, but for now, all he has is sympathy for the embattled Speaker.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ken Boehm / Big Government:
FTC Drops Investigation of Google Less Than a Week After Company Exec Hosts Obama Fundraiser  —  Yesterday, the White House blog asked “as special interest billionaires continued to pour secret donations of millions of dollars each into front groups supporting Republicans, we asked the obvious question: “What do they expect in return?
Discussion: The Foundry and EconLog
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
FBI links shooting at recruiting center to 2 others  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI said on Thursday that it has linked a shooting at a Marine Corps recruiting station in a Virginia suburb outside the U.S. capital to two other shootings at the Pentagon and a Marine Corps museum.
Charles Peters / Washington Monthly:
Tilting at Windmills  —  Jobs versus schools: It's complicated  —  In January of 1979, Marion Berry was about to take office for his first term as mayor of Washington.  A mutual friend mistakenly thought we might hit it off and brought us together for lunch.  He asked me what I thought was Washington's number one problem.
 
 
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Report: Justice Department tried to hide officials involvement …
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
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Discussion: City Room, NPR Topics, Law Blog and Gawker
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Rep. to DOJ: Watch tea party at polls
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Telegraph:
‘Liberal gene’ discovered by scientists