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12:00 PM ET, October 30, 2010

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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Lisa, are you going to shut down my Facebook page for writing this?  —  Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski's hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan's show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.”
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Why our elections are a joke —  the mainstream news is now hiring professional clowns to do its election night coverage  —  Send In The Clowns  —  ABC has hired Andrew Breitbart and his lying little helper Dana Loesch to do election night coverage.  Seriously.
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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 …
The Huffington Post:
ABC Taps Andrew Breitbart For Election Night Analysis  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Media Matters confirms that ABC News has recruited Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger whose out-of-context video footage of Shirley Sherrod got the Agriculture Department official fired back in July …
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 …
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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”
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 is comfortable
Discussion: The Politico, Capitol Hill Blue and CNN
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Obama urges cooperation after election, calls GOP remarks ‘troubling’  —  President Obama urged Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the nation's economic issues regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's midterm elections.  —  In his weekly address Saturday …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and JammieWearingFool
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Jon Stewart walks fine line with rally  —  Two months after Fox News' Glenn Beck organized a massive crowd of conservatives for the purpose of “restoring honor,” Comedy Central's Jon Stewart could draw an even bigger audience Saturday “to restore sanity.”  —  Hundreds of buses …
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Voter pessimism helps GOP in 4 states Obama won  —  WASHINGTON — Republican candidates vying to win Democratic-held Senate seats have inched ahead in two once-deadlocked states and are in virtual ties in two others, four new McClatchy-Marist state polls found Friday.
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Most Dissatisfied With Washington
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
McDonald's Workers Are Told Whom to Vote for  —  WASHINGTON — When workers in a McDonald's restaurant in Canton, Ohio, opened their paychecks this month, they found a pamphlet urging them to vote for the Republican candidates for governor, Senate and Congress, or possibly face financial repercussions.
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:   Ohio McDonald's employees get voting instructions with their paychecks
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.
CNN:
U.S. says al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula behind cargo terror plot  —  (CNN) — U.S. officials say that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a fairly new arm of the umbrella terrorist organization, is behind an apparent plot to send explosive devices to U.S. destinations via cargo planes.
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Hunts for More Suspicious Packages
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
House Dems who pushed health bill to passage face grim Election Day  —  Many of the House Democrats who cast the deciding votes on health reform are expected to lose on Election Day.  —  President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) needed every vote they could muster to push the bill through the House in March.
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
“Rally to Resore Sanity” pledges to “strictly prohibit filming” at National Mall  —  Irony reaches new heights as Comedy Central is going to “strictly prohibit filming” of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive.  PJTV's Washington Bureau chief Richard Pollock inquired …
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Swing Voters Are Flocking to GOP  —  The Democrats' final push to woo undecided voters appears to have fizzled, potentially putting dozens of competitive House races beyond reach and undermining the party's chances in at least four toss-up Senate seats, according to party strategists and officials.
Discussion: The Note and The Page
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
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 …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Was Health Reform a Mistake? Analysis from a Parallel Universe
Hit & Run:
go here  —  For those interested, here are some of our sources for the statements made in Attack Ads, Circa 1800.  —  John Adams is a blind, bald crippled toothless man  —  who secretly wants  —  to start a war with France.  —  While he's not busy importing mistresses from europe
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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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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
MoveOn supporter remorseful after roughing up conservative in Arizona
New York Times:
A Surge in Democratic Spending
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
New PACs sprout in final days of 2010 campaign
Discussion: Firedoglake
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Palins to campaign for Raese
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama's first House stop
Atrios / Eschaton:
Vote  —  It's been a bit of mystery to me why there's …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin robo-calling to social conservatives
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why Divided Government Is Bad for Obama
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
Sources: Fox Management Slanting D.C. Bureau's News Coverage
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ross Douthat:
Immigration Reform?  Really?  —  Richard Wolffe has the scoop …
Discussion: Gallup
Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Poll: Murkowski Leads Miller, McAdams
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Tancredo: It's ‘Elitist’ …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
And the FAIR Tax Trap
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and National Review