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Here's a fun last-minute scrap in Campaign 2010. B.J. Lawson, the Republican candidate against North Carolina Democratic Rep. David Price, ran a TV ad that featured a voiceover that sounded like Morgan Freeman. Then the campaign said it was Morgan Freeman -- and then Morgan Freeman, who has in the past supported Democratic candidates such as President Obama, made it quite clear that it wasn't him.

Freeman's press agents sent Ben Smith a statement: "These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice or any other likeness in support of Mr. Lawson or his candidacy."

The Lawson campaign said that they were "tricked" -- that the ad company they contracted with promised them Morgan Freeman. Lawson campaign spokesman Martin Avila told CNN: "We're apologizing to Congressman Price, to the voters, and most of all to Morgan Freeman because this is not the campaign we wanted to run, and not the campaign we have run."

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Tea Partiers -- or supporters of any political cause or candidate -- will be allowed to wear their gear to the polls in Maricopa County, the Arizona Republic reports.

After a federal judge decided on Monday that "'tea party' T-shirt or any apparel that does not express support for or opposition to" a candidate, proposition or political party on the ballot should be allowed, a Maricopa County election official said she would not be able to retrain poll workers less than a day before the election. So Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told the Arizona Republic she'll let any apparel in.

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We've told you about the brouhaha in Bucks County, Pa., where Republicans have accused the Democrats of forging absentee ballot applications and the Democrats have accused the GOP, and the local board of elections, of disenfranchising voters.

The fight has centered over absentee ballot applications the Democrats mailed to registered voters in Bucks County. The return envelope, marked "Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office," went to a P.O. box owned by the Democratic Party. Hundreds of those applications that were forwarded to the board of elections were thrown out. The Dems maintain that the Republican-dominated board of elections is improperly throwing out applications on technicalities.

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Stephen Colbert figured out last night how Sharron Angle is pulling ahead in the Nevada Senate race: "What's the secret to the popularity of Angle's policies? That she keeps her policies a secret."

Angle has repeatedly dodged the press during her campaign, even going so far as to using decoys to fool reporters.

"Bravo Miss Angle," Colbert said as he put up a picture of Saddam Hussein. "It has been a while since we've had a strong leader from a desert land who uses decoys."

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Stranger Than Fiction? TPM Casts The 2010 Midterms Movie]

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Jon Stewart was incredulous last night that Fox News got riled up over President Obama's oft-repeated metaphor that Republicans "can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back." Pretty harmless, Stewart said, but "have you heard that story the Fox way?" Sean Hannity was outraged to hear the President say Republicans have to sit "in the back" which he said is "not exactly a tasteful reference." Stewart asked: "You think the President's saying Republicans have to take it in the butt? That's filthy! Or is it something even stupider?"

It turns out it was something even stupider. As TPM reported previously, Fox News hosts complained that Obama's use of "back of the bus" -- he actually said "sit in the back" -- is a racially insensitive invocation of Rosa Parks. "If this is a racial metaphor," Stewart said, "you aren't Rosa Parks. You're Miss Daisy."

Though Stewart conceded that "at least we can all agree how offensive it would be for any major political figure to invoke the ugly history of segregation for an election in 2010. In the fall anyway, unless it was Michael Steele in the summer of 2010." Cue Steele saying in August that Nancy Pelosi will have to ride in the "back of the bus."

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Republican House minority leader John Boehner has been using a dumb--trust me, really dumb--line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches. Cash's daughter Roseanne doesn't think much of that. And she let Boehner know, by calling him "asshat."

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So as we stare down the barrel of some big Democratic losses in the House today, let's look at another end of the equation. It's often noted that Republicans need to pick up 39 seats to win a majority, but it is also theoretically possible that they could pick up 39 seats and still not win control. Why? Because there are in fact a very small handful of seats that they hold that the Democrats could nevertheless pickup in even this bad year.

Keep in mind, these wave cycles often have a few seats that swing the other way. Even in 1994, Democrats picked up such seats as Maine-02 and Rhode Island-01. The 2006 midterm year was interesting, with Republican picking up nothing -- not one measly House seat -- but even in 2008 they won a couple seats back, such as Kansas-02 and Texas-22, even as they lost another net 21 seats.

So let's take a quick look at the Republican-held House seats that according to the leading ratings out there -- CQ, Cook Political Report, Rothenberg Political Report, and Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball -- are expected to go to the Dems.

To be honest, there aren't that many of them -- though who knows, there could be some surprises tonight. The criteria here are that the ratings guys all have these seats ranging from toss-up to leaning Dem to Dem favored. It's a short list, but each one of them would move back the goalpost for a Republican House. Then again, if the national GOP wave turns out to be as big as everyone says, it won't be too much of an issue -- though it surely means something to the Dem candidates in these individual districts.

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Change Bites Back for Democrats -- More Waves To Come? CQ reports: "Today's midterm elections promise to bring about a historic power shift on Capitol Hill for the third time in as many cycles. With such a volatile electorate throwing power in Washington back and forth, by Wednesday the question could turn to how long the latest change will last and whether 'wave' elections will become the norm as voters continue to seek instant political transformation from their leaders."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and receive the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET. He will then do a series of radio interviews: A live interview at 11:35 a.m. ET with KPWR Los Angeles; A taped interview at 11:50 a.m. ET with WGCI Chicago; A taped interview at 12:05 p.m. ET with WSOL Jacksonville; And a live interview at 12:20 p.m. ET with KVEG Las Vegas. He will meet at 4:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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Longtime fans of Countdown may have been disappointed to learn tonight that one of the franchise segments, "Worst Persons," is no longer - at least for the time being. Why? Well as host Keith Olbermann explains in the segment below, its original reason for being (Tucker Carlson?) no longer seems relevant. Oh, and it's probably more than just a coincidence that Jon Stewart held up Olbermann as an example of the divisive nature of cable news (among many others) during the Rally to Restore Sanity.

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