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1:35 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 …
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 …
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell camp rips Gawker ‘slander’
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.
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
A Late Democratic Early Voting Surge in Nevada
Discussion: America's Voice Blog
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.
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 …
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.
David Brooks Tells Us the Unemployed Are Really Concerned About Values
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ken Boehm / Big Government:
FTC Drops Investigation of Google Less Than a Week After Company …
Discussion: The Foundry and EconLog
NY Daily News:
Suspicious UPS packages across East Coast, including one in Brooklyn …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
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.
Discussion: First Draft
Chicago Tribune:
Why is Assange still alive?
Discussion: National Review, Gawker and TalkLeft
Austan Goolsbee / White Blog Feed:
Advance Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2010
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CHALLENGE OF OVERCOMING IGNORANCE, PART II.... We talked in the last item about public confusion.  When it comes to taxes, economic growth, and the financial industry rescue, what most voters believe is actually the exact opposite of reality.  —  But this ignorance also extends to perceptions about Congress.
Discussion: The Politico and Booman Tribune
Frank Newport / Gallup:
One in 4 Say Congress Accomplished More Than Usual This Year
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 …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays, survey finds  —  A majority of active-duty and reserve service members surveyed by the Defense Department would not object to serving and living alongside openly gay troops, according to multiple people familiar with the findings.
Wall Street Journal:
Sandra Day O'Connor v. the People  —  The former Supreme Court justice wants trial lawyers to pick state judges.  —  Call it Supreme Hypocrisy: An ex-Supreme Court justice, still issuing rulings from the bench, wields her political clout to push citizens to abandon their own politics.
Discussion: The Awl
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.
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Del. Norton to plug D.C. voting rights at Stewart/Colbert rallies  —  On Saturday morning, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) of Washington, D.C., is planning to hand out signs that promote the city's voting rights in Congress to people attending the satirical rallies being held by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Iran Agrees to Resume Nuclear Talks With Europe
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Job hunting in Washington
Myglesias / Yglesias:
McDonald's Telling Employees How to Vote in Ohio
Discussion: Salon
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Bernanke's Reluctance to Speak Out Rankles Some
Discussion: Yglesias
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cantor: Biden, Pelosi should stump for endangered freshman Perriello, too
Discussion: The Politico
Donna McCollum / KTRE-TV:
Sabine Co. candidate blames newspaper error in his own ad
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Romenesko
 Earlier Items: 
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Pelosi's Cannon Fodder
Kevin Carey / Washington Monthly:
Transformation 101  —  Technology is driving down the cost of teaching undergraduates.
Discussion: Yglesias
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Man Busted For Waterboarding Girlfriend
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Jezebel and Gawker
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case
Discussion: City Room, 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

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Chloe Meley / Bloomberg:
Informa agrees to buy Ascential, the owner of the Cannes Lions and Money20/20 conferences, for ~£1.2B in cash, or £5.68/share, a 53% premium on Monday's close

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Emanuel Maiberg / 404 Media:
Reddit appears to be blocking search engines that don't rely on Google's indexing; Bing, DuckDuckGo, and others are not showing recent results from Reddit

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