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1:00 PM ET, October 29, 2010


 Top Items: 
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: 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
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 …
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cantor: Biden, Pelosi should stump for Perriello, too  —  Now that President Obama is campaigning for endangered Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello (Va.), Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should too, a top Republican said Friday.  —  Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.) …
Discussion: The Politico
National Review:   Pelosi's Cannon Fodder
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama's calculated visits to battleground turf
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Dem leader Hoyer: ‘Unfortunate’ Pelosi is vilified in campaign
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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” …