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Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor Albert Patterson says the city won't file any charges over an incident at a Joe Miller town hall on Sunday in which the Republican Senate nominee's private security guards detained and handcuffed Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger.

Patterson says neither Hopfinger, who was detained for "trespassing" after he repeatedly attempted to question Miller, nor the three guards from DropZone Security, who could have been charged with assault, will be charged.

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Senate candidate Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is the latest to join the progressive petition opposing any cuts to Social Security.

"Joe joined the statement at SocialSecurityProtectors.com and opposes any effort that would not maintain present benefits," his spokesman says. "We know that two-thirds of retirees rely on Social Security for most of their retirement income and the system can be protected without risking seniors' retirement savings in the stock market. As one example of how to address solvency without harming current benefits, a return to the tax rates of the Clinton era (when we created 23 million jobs) for the top two percent of earners - the wealthiest of Americans who received the majority of the tax cuts of the Bush era (when we created zero net jobs) - would cover Social Security's shortfall over the next 75 years."

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Democrats Bank On Early Voting To Bridge Enthusiasm Gap The Washington Post reports: "Democrats across the country know they face a daunting enthusiasm gap that veteran politicians such as Reid can't possibly overcome. What they can do is try to outperform their Republican opponents by taking advantage of the longer window to get folks to the polls. Election analysts expect more people to cast early ballots this year than in any previous midterm election. A decade ago, early voting was an obscure practice allowed in just a handful of states. This year, the District and 32 states, including Maryland, allow some form of early voting."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. he will meet at 10:30 a.m. ET with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and at 11:10 a.m. ET with his national security team for his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan. He will depart from the White House at 3:10 p.m. ET, and depart 3:25 p.m. ET from Andrews Air Force Base, arriving at 8:30 p.m. ET in Portland, Oregon. He will deliver remarks at a rally at 9:45 p.m. ET, depart from Portland at 11:45 p.m. ET, and arriving at 12:30 a.m. ET in Seattle, Washington.

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In October 2010, a man known as "Bobby Thompson" was indicted for operating a scam veterans' charity that bilked contributors out of millions. Thompson, whose true identity and whereabouts are unknown, allegedly pocketed 90 percent of the proceeds from his U.S. Navy Veterans Association. He also gave thousands to conservative political candidates, including Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). (Both have given away the donations.)

The Ohio AG released several pictures of Thompson, many of them from meet-and-greets where he posed with the GOP elite. Here, with former President George W. Bush.

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With Bush again.

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With Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL)

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With House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

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With former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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With Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Cindy McCain, and Blanca Contreras, an officer of Thompson's "charity" who was also indicted.

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The Ohio attorney general's office announced this month that a grand jury had indicted an alleged charity scammer, who donated tens of thousands to conservative pols, on charges of money laundering and grand theft.

The man, known as "Bobby Thompson," allegedly operated a charity called U.S. Navy Veterans Association from 2003 to 2010. The charity took in millions, and Thompson allegedly pocketed some 90 percent of the cash.

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The departments of Agriculture and Justice yesterday announced a $780 million settlement for Native American farmers who were discriminated against by the USDA in the 1980s and 90s, ending more than a decade of litigation.

If the settlement is approved by a federal court, as expected, an untold number of Native American farmers who were denied loans and other assistance by the USDA will be able to apply for restitution, between $50,000 and $250,000 each -- a total of $680 million. The settlement will also offer up to $80 million in debt forgiveness for eligible farmers.

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Heading into the home stretch of the Nevada Senate race, a pattern seems to have emerged from all the available public polling: After narrowly trailing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the summer, Republican nominee Sharron Angle has pulled ahead -- but only narrowly, as the race remains tight.

After Angle won the Republican primary in June, there was a widespread consensus that GOP voters had picked their weakest candidate, and that Reid's once-moribund re-election chances -- a problem due in large part to the lousy economy -- had drastically improved. Stories circulated widely about Angle's various far-right positions, most notably her discussion of "Second Amendment remedies" to Democratic policies, a possible call for violent revolution that she backed away from.

This all had an effect: Beginning in July, Reid took narrow leads in all the polls. However many recent surveys have against shown Angle taking a lead again.

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Virginia Beach is the biggest city in Virginia, and the hometown of the state's current Republican Governor, Bob McDonnell. Now it's also home to the latest example of a racist email forward destroying a prominent conservative's political credibility and possibly career.

As the progressive Blue Virgina blog reported Monday -- and I independently confirmed from one of the recipients Tuesday -- Virginia Beach Republican Party chair Dave Bartholomew forwarded a racist email comparing African Americans to dogs. The email, subject line "my, dog," consists of a racist parable about African Americans and welfare. In the first 24 hours since the email came to light, Democrats condemned Bartholomew and he resigned his position with the Republican Party.

The text of the message, in full:

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It may come as no surprise to hear that, according to a newly released poll, Americans are overwhelmingly "dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time." What may be a surprise is that the sheer number of dissatisfied Americans is at a near-historic low.

Gallup has released a new poll measuring current American "satisfaction." According to the survey, just 21% of Americans answered affirmatively when asked, "In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?" If that number holds for two weeks, it would be the lowest level of American satisfaction that Gallup has registered at the time of a midterm election in more than 30 years of tracking the question.

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