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12:05 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 …
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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.
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: Jezebel and Wonkette
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell camp rips Gawker ‘slander’
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Lefty gossip site somehow unites entire blogosphere behind Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell / Facebook:
O'Donnell Campaign Statement on the Universal Condemnation of the Gawker Story
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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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Once again, Bill Clinton tries unsuccessfully to nudge an …
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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  —  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
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: PostPartisan and Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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Ken Boehm / Big Government:
FTC Drops Investigation of Google Less Than a Week After Company …
Discussion: The Foundry and EconLog
Michael Powell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 2% Rate in 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 estimate matched the consensus forecasts …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Politico and Betsy's Page
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.
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
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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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.
Discussion: City Room, NPR Topics, Law Blog and Gawker
Kevin Carey / Washington Monthly:
Transformation 101  —  Technology is driving down the cost of teaching undergraduates.  So why are tuition bills going up?  —  On August 6, 2008, the Washington Post reported that tuition and fees at public colleges in Virginia will increase by an average of 7.3 percent this year.
Discussion: Yglesias
 
 
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