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4:00 AM ET, October 30, 2010

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Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Hunts for More Suspicious Packages  —  WASHINGTON — Two packages containing explosives, shipped from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago, were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, setting off a broad terrorism scare on Friday that included the scrambling of fighter jets to accompany …
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CNN:
U.S. alert focuses on planes, trucks  —  For more coverage visit CNN affiliates WPVI and WABC.  Are you there?  Send pictures and video.  —  (CNN) — Two suspicious packages found abroad that were bound for Jewish organizations in the United States contained a massive amount of explosive material that …
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: Daily Kos and AmSpecBlog
Fox News:
Authorities Investigating Several Suspicious Packages That Originated From Yemen
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News and The Awl
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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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Rubio uses Meek controversy even as his lead looks insurmountable
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Angle bans TV crews from election eve  —  Sharron Angle has banned two Las Vegas television stations from attending her election night party as retribution for reporters who tracked her down Friday and asked her questions without prior campaign approval.  —  Reporters from local NBC …
Discussion: CNN
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8newsnow.com:
Sharron Angle Asked Tough Policy Questions  —  LAS VEGAS — It is going to be a busy final weekend for Sharron Angle and Harry Reid.  The Republican candidate has declined all of 8 News NOW's requests for interviews about her positions on the issues.  —  She is in Las Vegas …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid: Sharron Angle is “pathological”
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.
Discussion: Salon, Winds of Change.NET and TalkLeft
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John Cook / Gawker:
Why Hasn't Jonah Goldberg Been Punched in the Face Yet Today?  —  It's a serious question.  Goldberg, the author of Liberal Fascism and in-house funny-guy at the National Review, wrote a column today wondering why the CIA hasn't assassinated Wikileaks founder Julian Assange yet.  What are they, lazy?
DougJ / Balloon Juice:
Murder he wrote  —  Jonah Goldberg calls for Julian Assange's murder.
Discussion: National Review and First Draft
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 …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Why our elections are a joke …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Was Health Reform a Mistake? Analysis from a Parallel Universe
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Palins to campaign for Raese  —  Sarah and Todd Palin will campaign for West Virginia Republican John Raese Saturday, the Senate candidate's campaign announced late Friday night.  —  The Palins will appear at a previously scheduled rally for Raese with rock guitarist Ted Nugent in Charleston …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP senator has ‘sure-win list,’ predicts party takes control of Senate
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and The Hill
Atrios / Eschaton:
Vote  —  It's been a bit of mystery to me why there's this narrative about blogreading newsjunkies not being enthusiastic enough to vote.  Those people vote.  It's somewhat disconnected people who might be a bit too worried about their lack of employment to head out to the polls that Dems should worry about …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Gawker:
Why We Published the Christine O'Donnell Story  —  Yesterday, we published the anonymous account of a young man from Philadelphia who had a naked sleepover with Delaware GOP senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell three years ago.  Some people did not like that!  Here's why we'd do it again.
Paul Craig Roberts / CounterPunch:
America's Jobs Losses are Permanent  —  Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism's advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter's discredited finding …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Poll: Murkowski Leads Miller, McAdams  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) remains ahead of her two rivals in her write-in Senate campaign in Alaska, according to a new poll released today by an in-state Republican pollster.  —  The poll, conducted by Dittman Research & Communications …
Discussion: Hot Air and Alaska Dispatch
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Most Dissatisfied With Washington  —  With less than a week to go before Election Day, widespread dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the country combined with negative views of the economy and frustration with the government point to major trouble for the incumbent majority Democrats.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Florida Times Union:
Altered documents allow Carroll's firm into city contract program  —  Altered documents filed with Jacksonville City Hall in 2006 helped Jennifer Carroll's consulting firm appear eligible for a city program that annually gives out tens of millions of dollars in city contracts to small businesses …
Discussion: The Reid Report
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.
New York Times:
A Surge in Democratic Spending  —  Groups aligned with Democratic causes have unleashed a last-minute paroxysm of spending in competitive House races in the final days of the campaign that has them outpacing Republicans, reversing the trend of the past few months, according to an analysis of campaign finance data by The New York Times.
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
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
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.
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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
New PACs sprout in final days of 2010 campaign  —  With just seven days to go in the 2010 campaign, the Federal Election Commission received notice Tuesday of yet another new political committee.  —  The group is called the Patriot's Fund.  Its address is a post-office box in Grand Rapids …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Zachary Roth / Yahoo! News:
Parents told to leave disabled kids at homeless shelters  —  Parents in Indiana have reportedly been told by state workers to leave their severely disabled kids at homeless shelters if they can't afford to care for them, in what advocacy groups say is a horrifying example of how government budget cuts …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Discussion: Gallup and National Review
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Four questions for Republicans...and four answers for undecided voters
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
GOP Insurgents May Disrupt Leaders' Plans and Go Rogue
Discussion: Mother Jones
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The great campaign of 2010  —  In a radio interview that aired Monday …
Jennifer E. Duffy / Hotline On Call:
Farewell to ‘Precinct Reporting’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
NYT: Jon Stewart's ‘Restore Sanity’ …
Discussion: Gawker