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The new Fox News poll of the Nevada Senate race shows Republican Sharron Angle holding a narrow edge over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The numbers: Angle 49%, Reid 47%. The survey of likely voters has a ±3% margin of error. In the previous Fox poll from last week, Angle led by 49%-46%.

The poll also shows Reid with an approval rating of only 40%, with 55% disapproval, and a personal favorable-unfavorable rating of 42%-56%. On the other hand, Angle's favorables are even worse, at 36%-58%.

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The debate over what to do with Medicare -- which has become a centerpiece of the Kentucky Senate race of late -- took a prominent role in a televised debate between Republican nominee Rand Paul and Democratic nominee Jack Conway last night. As he has for weeks now, Conway hammered Paul for his past statement supporting a massive increase in the Medicare deductible to help, Paul has said, move the system to a "market-based approach." Paul accused Conway of twisting his words on the issue.

The fight has come to define the Senate race, and served to put a new spring in Democratic steps after a summer campaign that was all about Paul's momentum. Now the fight over Medicare (as well as another battle over drug enforcement) has put Paul on the run, with some polls showing Conway gaining steam in the final weeks of the election.

At the debate last night, Conway tried to capitalize on that momentum, jabbing Paul over Medicare at every possible moment.

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Last night, Stephen Colbert defended Ohio Congressional candidate Rich Iott, who said his Nazi reenactment was simply "a father-son bonding thing." Colbert said: "That's right. Fathers bond with their sons in all kinds of ways. Building a boat, fixing the car, solving the Jewish problem."

Colbert also slammed Eric Cantor, who is Jewish, for "[running] away from a fellow Republican" and repudiating Iott. "Thanks, Eric Cantor. Without your support, now Iott's gonna lose the Jewish vote."

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The new Fox News poll of the Delaware Senate race finds Democratic nominee Chris Coons continuing to lead Republican Christine O'Donnell by a landslide margin -- and also reaffirms that the GOP would have likely picked up this seat if they had nominated the original establishment pick, moderate Rep. Mike Castle.

The numbers: Coons 54%, O'Donnell 38%. The survey of likely voters has a ±3% margin of error. In the previous Fox poll from three weeks ago, Coons led by 54%-39%.

By contrast, if Castle were the nominee, he would lead Coons by 50%-33%, up slightly from a 48%-33% margin three weeks ago. Castle had previously considered mounting a write-in bid for the general election, but decided against it a week and a half ago, just as the deadline to file as a write-in candidate ended. (A Rasmussen poll suggested that Castle would not attract many votes, and would siphon more support away from Coons than O'Donnell.)

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Jon Stewart looked at the "unforced errors" of this campaign season last night, including a moment when an associate of Democratic California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown was caught on tape calling his opponent Meg Whitman a "whore," or, as Fox News' Martha MacCallum called it, "a name that is usually reserved for prostitutes." Jon was confused: "Desiree? Cinnamon? Lucinda J. Knobgobbler?"

Stewart also talked about Ohio Republican Congressional candidate and Nazi reenator Rich Iott: "You know, Ronald Reagan's first rule: Never attack a fellow Republican. His second rule: Never dress up like a Nazi."

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Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and his Republican opponent, businessman Ron Johnson, met last night for a debate, with topics ranging from health care to outside ad spending to...Atlas Shrugged.

That's right. A U.S. Senate debate ended up including a discussion on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand, about a world where business owners and innovators rebel against and abandon a society that over-regulated them and redistributed their earnings. Johnson, who is himself a plastics manufacturer, has cited it as a favorite book of his.

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Something not mentioned in this weekend's Times profile of the far-right pundit Ann Coulter: She's accused of committing voter fraud in the 2002 and 2004 elections, and her case is up before the Connecticut elections board this Thursday.

The complaint against Coulter, filed by anti-Coulter blogger Daniel Borchers in February 2009, alleges that she voted in Connecticut via absentee ballot in 2002 and 2004, using her parents' Connecticut address but living in Manhattan.

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To hear some gun rights activists tell it, President Barack Obama wants to take away your guns and, any minute now, jack-booted federal agents could knock on your front door to collect them.

Such predictions started during the 2008 campaign. "Obama would be the most anti-gun President in American history," screamed a banner at the National Rifle Association's It got so bad that Obama even had to reassure voters he wouldn't take away their guns. Even after the election, gun sales boomed.

You'd expect a President so opposed by many gun rights groups to get high praise from gun control advocates since he took office. But advocates like those from the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence are far from satisfied with the progress on gun control being made in this administration.

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For Democrats, Even 'Safe' Seats Are Shaky The New York Times: "Republicans are expanding the battle for the House into districts that Democrats had once considered relatively safe, while Democrats began a strategy of triage on Monday to fortify candidates who they believe stand the best chance of survival. As Republicans made new investments in at least 10 races across the country, including two Democratic seats here in eastern Ohio, Democratic leaders took steps to pull out of some races entirely or significantly cut their financial commitment in several districts that the party won in the last two election cycles."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, will receive the economic daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET, and will meet at 11 a.m. ET with senior advisers. He will meet at 2:45 p.m. ET with student finalists of the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. At 7 p.m. ET, he will host a "Moving America Forward" town hall meeting at George Washington University.

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New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino may have lost the support of every single gay- and gay-friendly New Yorker this weekend by warning against the threat of gay "brainwashing," but at least he can still claim the support of the self-proclaimed "right-wing Judy Garland" herself, Ann Coulter. Coulter took up the very heavy mantle of defending Paladino's comments on The O'Reilly Factor last night, because "someone on this network should."

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