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Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and current candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of California, could have yet another problem on her hands that is potentially even worse than her history of non-voting: She previously donated to California's liberal Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Whitman donated $4,000 to Boxer in 2003, and endorsed Boxer's re-election as part of a group called "Technology Leaders for Boxer." A Boxer aide said this resulted from the Senator's work with the tech sector on issues that are important to them, and that the campaign approached various tech leaders to participate, including Whitman.

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Not every Republican is running away from Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) as revelations about his love triangle with two former staffers threatens to tank his career.

Sue Lowden, among a field of Republicans hoping to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada, had some warm words for Ensign over the weekend.

Lowden told the newspaper in Elko she wants Ensign to campaign for her:

She also said Friday she stood by her comments that she hopes to see Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., campaigning for Republicans in Nevada. Democrats criticized her earlier for saying she didn't think Ensign should resign after he confessed to an affair with a staffer. Ensign is under fire against this week over new disclosures related to the affair.

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New Jersey's gubernatorial debate last week showed that Republican candidate Chris Christie could still be vulnerable on some key issues that Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine has used against him: Mandated coverage of women's health by insurance companies, and a lack of details on the state budget.

Corzine himself is not very popular, owing to the state budget problems and the bad economy, but has been making headway in the polls by chipping away at Christie's own favorables. And the debate may have been another one of those moments.

In a key moment, Chris Christie defended his advocacy of legalizing mandate-free insurance policies, which he says would be a cheaper option for people who don't currently have insurance. The Corzine campaign has said this would mean insurance companies would be able to drop coverage for mammograms -- which Christie has responded to by citing his own mother's fight with breast cancer.

In the debate, Corzine stuck with the attack: "First of all, I want to say that I thank God that Mr. Christie's mother had a mammogram. I hope that all women in New Jersey have mammograms."

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Surrounded by about 150 doctors in white lab coats in the Rose Garden today, President Obama continued his push for health care reform, thanking the doctors for their support.

"What's most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very professionals who know the health care system the best, the doctors and nurses of America," Obama said.

The doctors came from all 50 states and many represented groups, such as Doctors for America, that are campaigning for health reform by writing letters and speaking at town hall meetings. Obama thanked them for that work.

"I want to thank every single doctor who's here, and I especially want to thank you for agreeing to fan out across the country and make the case for why reform is so desperately needed," he said. "Nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do."

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Disgraced Nevada senator John Ensign won't fight the ethics investigation into his dealings with a former staffer, in the aftermath of an affair between Ensign and the staffer's wife.

"Sen. Ensign will cooperate with any official inquiry," a spokeswoman for the senator told TPMmuckraker via email.

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Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia, has a new ad targeting voters in the southwestern region of the state, where Democrats normally perform very weakly, and where he's hoping to break through -- by alienating them from Republican Bob McDonnell.

The ad implies that McDonnell has contempt for rural people, thinking of them in terms of hillbilly stereotypes: "And McDonnell opposed eliminating the sales tax on groceries because he heard people around here shoot our food."

Interestingly enough, this ad comes out just on the heels of a McDonnell ad seeking votes in Dem-friendly northern Virginia.

Bob McDonnell, the Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia, has some new recent ads seeking to repair potential weaknesses among key demographics: Working women who might be offended by his hard-right grad school thesis denouncing them, and northern Virginians who have been voting Democratic.

One ad features women who worked with McDonnell when he was state Attorney General, insisting that he has supported women -- that "half the deputy attorneys general Bob M appointed are women," and that he was "putting women in positions of authority." The bottom line is that Democrat Creigh Deeds' attacks against McDonnell, saying he doesn't support women, are "dishonest."

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In a 24-page filing littered with all-caps, bold, and underlined text, Birther attorney Orly Taitz is demanding that a federal judge recuse himself in a case that has morphed from a soldier's attempt to resist Barack Obama's orders to what Taitz sees as a prosecution of herself.

Taitz alleges that Judge Clay Land met with Attorney General Eric Holder, who was allegedly spotted at a small coffee shop across from Land's courtroom in Columbus, Georgia, on the day of a Birther hearing. A strange [affidavit](http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2009/10/orly-taitzs-motion-to-recuse-judge-clay-land-10209.php?page=20) by one Robert Douglas describes the putative sighting of Holder, sans entourage, who "probably thought he would not be recognized."

Douglas [writes](http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2009/10/orly-taitzs-motion-to-recuse-judge-clay-land-10209.php?page=20):

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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) probably saw this one coming. His primary challenger, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), plans to launch a new website called TheRealSpecter2010.com highlighting Specter's 30-year career as a Republican, his support for the McCain-Palin ticket, and his early (though now reversed) opposition to a number of Democratic policies, including a public health insurance option.

The site will feature the below video, which compares statements Specter made earlier this year with those of the Democrats' likely Republican challenger Pat Toomey:



Sestak has taken shots at Specter for his Republican past before, but it's shaping up to be one of the key themes of his campaign going forward.

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