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9:10 PM ET, October 29, 2010

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CNN:
Suspicious packages ‘contain explosive material,’ Obama says  —  For more coverage visit CNN affiliates WPVI and WABC.  Are you there?  Send pictures and video.  —  (CNN) — Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for Jewish organizations in the United States …
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New York Times:
Obama Says Explosives Were U.S.-Bound  —  President Obama said on Friday that the United States had been the target of a “credible terrorist threat” by someone in Yemen who mailed packages containing explosive devices that were shipped via cargo planes and addressed to two synagogues in Chicago …
Washington Post:
Obama: Suspicious packages are a ‘credible terrorist threat’
Discussion: The Fix and Outside the Beltway
ABCNEWS:
President Says Explosives Found In Packages From Yemen Bound For US
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Daily Kos
Fox News:
Authorities Investigating Several Suspicious Packages That Originated From Yemen
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News and The Awl
Associated Press:
Obama: Terror explosives found, bound for US
Discussion: TigerHawk
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 …
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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.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Ohio McDonald's employees get voting instructions with their paychecks  —  If you work for this Canton, Ohio McDonald's franchise, you'd better be voting Republican if you know what's good for you.  —  Via ThinkProgress: … The “right people” are John Kasich, Rob Portman, and Jim Renacci for this franchisee.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
McDonald's Telling Employees How to Vote in Ohio
Discussion: Salon
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.
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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 …
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Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Poll: Murkowski Leads Miller, McAdams
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Boykin Exposes Obama's Health Care Conspiracy to Build His Brownshirt Army  —  This is Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, who was the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under Donald Rumsfeld until video emerged of him explaining that we were engaged in a spiritual war against Islam …
Discussion: Salon and Hullabaloo
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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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid: Sharron Angle is “pathological”
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Meek: I Turned Down Crist Cross  —  Florida independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist personally lobbied Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek to exit the race this week, offering him a cross that had been a gift from his sister, Mr. Meek said Friday.  —  The gesture occurred Monday as Mr. Crist …
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Crist Would Caucus With Democrats, Advisor Says  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist would caucus with Senate Democrats if he wins Florida's three-way U.S. Senate contest on Tuesday, a close advisor told Washington Wire Friday.  —  That's a big “if.”  Mr. Crist is trailing Republican candidate Marco Rubio in most polls.
Hit & Run:
Attack Ads, Circa 1800  —  Have this year's negative political ads really “taken dirty to a whole new level, as CNN's Anderson Cooper frets?  Is a “return to civility...a relic of a bygone era,” as President Barack Obama laments?  —  Er, not exactly.  —  If anonymous political speech …
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Hit & Run:   go here  —  For those interested, here are some of our sources …
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
Sources: Fox Management Slanting D.C. Bureau's News Coverage  —  Pressure on some Fox News reporters in the Washington, D.C., bureau to “slant news” and “distort” coverage has sparked some discontent in the newsroom there, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Compares DADT Judge To Al-Qaeda  —  Justice Tom Parker (center) poses with the leaders of two hate groups  —  Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, a disciple of disgraced former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, released a campaign ad comparing the judge …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sandra Day O'Connor v. the People
Discussion: The Awl
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Woman Receives Death Threats Days After Beck Targets Her On His Show  —  The League of Women Voters has filed complaints with police in Evanston, IL and the FBI saying that one of their officials has been targeted by death threats relating to a candidatess debate she moderated last week.
Discussion: Daily Herald
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.
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
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Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Pelosi, Among Others, Could Exit if Dems Lose 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.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Failing Upward: Breitbart To Be Featured in ABC's 2010 Election Coverage  —  Media Matters has confirmed that noted propagandist Andrew Breitbart will provide analysis for ABC News during their election night coverage.  —  After Breitbart's BigJournalism.com website reported that Breitbart would …
Discussion: TPMDC, alicublog and AMERICAblog News
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
Wall Street Journal:
And the FAIR Tax Trap  —  Democrats turn a conservative fad against GOP candidates.  —  Public anxiety over rising taxes is helping Republicans in this midterm election—with one exception.  Democrats are trying to turn the tables on the GOP over the so-called FAIR Tax …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and National Review
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.
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Gina Cooper / The Huffington Post:
Lies, Disappearing Documents, Surround Republican David Rivera (FL-25)
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com and Daily Kos
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP senator has ‘sure-win list,’ predicts party takes control of Senate
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
GOP Insurgents May Disrupt Leaders' Plans and Go Rogue
Discussion: Mother Jones
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IDIOCY WATCH.... In 2009, three Americans were detained …
Aharding / CNN:
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