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3:45 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 …
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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.
CEPR:
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 …
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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
CNN:
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 …
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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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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
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Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter sex scandal gets spotlight again in debate with Charlie Melancon
Discussion: Ballot Box, Salon and RealClearPolitics
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
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 …
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 …
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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
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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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
I Am Rankled By Ben Bernanke's Reluctance to Be More Outspoken  —  “Bernanke's Reluctance to Speak Out Rankles Some”, reports Sewell Chan in the New York Times.  And after reading the article, I too am among the ranks of the rankled: … So, yes, I'm rankled.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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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:
THE CHALLENGE OF OVERCOMING IGNORANCE, PART II.... We talked …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Politico
Myglesias / Yglesias:
McDonald's Telling Employees How to Vote in Ohio
Discussion: Salon
Wall Street Journal:
Sandra Day O'Connor v. the People
Discussion: The Awl
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: Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bill Clinton pushed Kendrick Meek to quit Florida race