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3:55 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 …
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
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Chris Coons camp: Gawker post about Christine O'Donnell ‘cowardly’  —  Delaware Democrat Chris Coons on Friday denounced as “cowardly” an anonymous Gawker post from a man claiming a drunken encounter with Republican Christine O'Donnell  —  “The Gawker item is despicable …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Gawker editor defends anonymous O'Donnell post
U.S. alert focuses on cargo after suspicious packages found overseas  —  For more coverage visit CNN affiliates WPVI and WABC.  Are you there?  Send pictures and video.  —  (CNN) — Cargo planes and trucks in several U.S. cities were inspected Friday after investigators found suspicious packages …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs: Obama notified of ‘potential terrorist threat’ Thursday night
Discussion: The Politico
NY Daily News:
Suspicious UPS packages across East Coast, including one in Brooklyn …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Chicago Tribune:
Why is Assange still alive?  —  I'd like to ask a simple question: Why isn't Julian Assange dead?  —  In case you didn't know, Assange is the Australian computer programmer behind WikiLeaks, a massive — and massively successful — effort to disclose secret or classified information.
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.
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.
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.
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 Morrissey / Hot Air:
“High-level” political officials interfered in NBPP case, forced withdrawal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senator David Vitter refuses to say if he broke law  —  Louisiana Democrats are seizing on Republican Sen. David Vitter's repeated refusals during a debate to say whether he broke the law in connection with a prostitution ring in Washington, D.C.  —  The state Democratic Party on Friday launched …
Discussion: Capitol Hill Blue and Wonkette
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter sex scandal gets spotlight again in debate with Charlie Melancon
Discussion: Salon, Ballot Box and RealClearPolitics
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 …
Jennifer E. Duffy / Hotline On Call:
Farewell to ‘Precinct Reporting’  —  For as long as anyone can remember, television networks and the Associated Press have reported votes on election night by saying, “With x percent of precincts reporting ...” But, this method of reporting election results is about to go the way of the VCR.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gary Langer / The Numbers:
Tea Party or No, Palin's Popularity Still Lags  —  Sarah Palin's interest in the presidency is not being reciprocated by most Americans: Two-thirds of registered voters in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say she's unqualified for the job, and more than half continue to rate her unfavorably overall.
Associated Press:
Sen. Scott Brown sees anti-establishment spirit still alive  —  BOSTON - Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown tried today to stoke the anti-establishment spirit that propelled him to an upset U.S. Senate victory in January.  —  Wearing his trademark barn coat, Brown returned to blue-collar South Boston …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Scott Brown says energy from his Mass. Senate race has spread nationwide
CBS News:
DNC Chair: No Sign of GOP Wave in Early Voting  —  Kaine Says Turnout of Registered Democrats Indicates Better-Than-Predicted Performance in Midterms  —  (CBS) The chairman of the Democratic National Committee was optimistic that turnout of registered Democratic in early voting across …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
A Late Democratic Early Voting Surge in Nevada
Discussion: America's Voice Blog
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays  —  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.
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.
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.
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
NYT: Jon Stewart's ‘Restore Sanity’ Will ‘Parody’ Glenn Beck's ‘Religious-Themed Rally’  —  Didn't Jon Stewart tell the media “Restore Sanity” was not a response to Glenn Beck?  Yes, he did.  —  According to what the New York Times has dug up, Jon Stewart's “Restore Sanity” …
Discussion: Gawker
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll of Polls: Obama's approval rating on the rise?  —  Washington (CNN) -Forty-eight percent of Americans approve of how President Barack Obama is handling his job as president, while 45 percent disapprove of his job performance, according to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released on Friday.
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 …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Many Dems Expected to Retire — Including Pelosi — if They Lose the House  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives for a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss Democratic accomplishments during the past congressional session  —  As Nancy Pelosi goes, so might a generation of her colleagues.
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
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Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
A Secret Tea Party Donor Revealed
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Beer for votes?  —  A Virginia Democratic organization appears …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP candidates up 9 in Wisconsin
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“Radical in the White House”
Discussion: POWIP and National Review
Prosper Blog:
Prosper Response: New York Times Article October 27, 2010
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Ohio McDonald's Tells Employees To Vote Republican If They Want …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Job hunting in Washington
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Politico
Myglesias / Yglesias:
McDonald's Telling Employees How to Vote in Ohio
Discussion: Salon
Scott James / New York Times:
Election Is Critical, but Try Telling That to Gay Voters
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: Out of the wilderness and into the mix for 2012
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
How To Tell If Obama Blew the Election, Or If It Was Blown At All
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bill Clinton pushed Kendrick Meek to quit Florida race