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Obama Targets Key Groups In Election's Homestretch The Associated Press reports: "Heading into the homestretch of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama is targeting key Democratic constituencies as he tries to energize voters and build up Election Day turnout among his supporters. The groups Obama is targeting mirror those that helped him win the White House: young people, African-Americans and women. A crucial element of the president's strategy in the two weeks before the Nov. 2 election is finding a way to get first-time voters from 2008 to head back to the polls even though Obama's name isn't on the ballot."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET, and meet at 11 a.m. ET with senior advisers. At 11:35 a.m. ET, he will host the White House Science Fair, and view state science fair project winners, and deliver remarks at 12 p.m. ET. He will depart from the White House at 7:05 p.m. ET, will deliver remarks at a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at 8:10 p.m. ET in Rockville, Maryland, and arrive back at the White House at 9 p.m. ET.

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Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was criticizing Democrat Andrew Cuomo for taking his kids to a gay pride parade, and saying that being gay is not "an equally valid or successful option?" Well that's because it was pretty close to yesterday.

To be precise, six days after the Republican Paladino made his now infamous remarks, he had a near-complete change of heart, even going so far as to ask gay leaders to educate him on gay rights, and criticizing his Democratic opponent for not showing enough support for the gay community.

Here's a timeline of Paladino's whiplash-inducing turnaround, beginning on that fateful day, last Sunday, October 10...

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The fourth issue of the Michele Bachmann comic book -- produced by local detractors of the reigning Congresswoman of the Tea Party right -- is now shipping. As we've done with the past issues, here's our review.

The publisher's letter to me, which came with the review copy, sums up what you're in for with this installment. It reads, in part: "I hope you'll find time to review this one; it has Jesus Christ with googly eyes on it, and God the Father on the back cover."

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Sometime before the election, a Georgia judge will decide whether the Republican nominee for Congress in the 8th Congressional District's 2001 divorce records will remain under seal until after the election. The decision, according to one newspaper editor and one Democratic activist, could be the turning point in Rep. Jim Marshall's (D) battle for reelection in the Peach State.

Chatter about just what's in the divorce records of state Rep. Austin Scott, the Republican facing Marshall, first began when Scott was considering running in the Republican primary for Lt. Governor, according to Macon Telegraph columnist Charles Richardson. Allies of the sitting Lt. Governor -- also a Republican -- "started leaking" info on the divorce while Scott was making his decision, Richardson says. After Scott decided to run for Congress against Marshall -- one of two Democrats in Georgia's Congressional delegation -- back in April, a Democratic activist and blogger picked up the cause and filed a motion to get the records unsealed. A judge will decide whether to unseal them on Oct. 26, just days before the election.

So what's in the records? No one knows for sure. But two separate political operations attempting to track them down -- as well as Scott's recent public freakout at the notion of their release -- suggest what's in them is what opposition researchers like to call "gold." Marshall's in a tough race (a Republican poll in late September in showed the incumbent Democrat down eight points to Scott), and some on the ground in Georgia believe that the juicy details of a messy divorce could make all the difference.

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Whatever was left of the gloves in the heated Kentucky Senate race came off tonight. In a televised debate from the University of Louisville, Republican nominee Rand Paul lashed out at his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway -- even refusing to shake his hand at the end of the debate -- saying to Conway at one point "you demean the state of Kentucky."

For his part, Conway was not afraid to climb down into the muck and take Paul on. He accused Paul of "joining a group known for mocking Christianity" while the Republican was a student at Baylor University and called on Paul to explain why he once "tied a woman up and asked her to worship a false idol."

The central issue fueling the vitriol between Paul and Conway was the Democrat's tough new ad focusing on tales of Paul's days at Baylor, which he attended for three years before leaving for medical school at Duke University. Paul claimed the ad questioned his Christian faith, which he said deeply offended him.

"He's descended into the gutter," Paul, who referred to himself as a "pro-life Christian" said. "Jack, you should be ashamed of yourself. Have you no decency? Have you no shame?"

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Graham: 'We're Going To Have Some Bipartisanship On Tax Cuts And Replacing The Health Care Bill Appearing on Face The Nation, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) predicted that Republican gains in Congress would result in more compromise from President Obama and the Democrats. "About bipartisanship after the election, I predict there will be a good bit of effort," said Graham. "There will be a bipartisan effort to extend the Bush tax cuts and not let them expire. 2012 and 2014, Democrats in swing states are going to get the message from independent voters to come to the middle. So I think we're going to have some bipartisanship when it comes to replacing the health care bill with a more moderate approach."

Axelrod: Whether Obama Can Work With GOP Is 'Up To Them' Appearing on State of the Union, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod indicated that President Obama's approach to working with Republicans would not change, in terms of compromises on such key issues as the extension of the Bush tax cuts, if Republicans make significant gains in November. "It's up to us to extend our hand (to Republicans) as we have before," said Axelrod. "It's up to them to decide whether they're going to take it or whether they're going to do what they've done for the last 2 years."

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Colorado Senate candidates Ken Buck (R) and incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D) met for a debate on Meet The Press this morning and sparred on the budget, the Tea Party and flip-flops. But the most controversial moment came when host David Gregory asked Buck if he believes that being gay is a choice. Buck responded that he thought it was a choice, but allowed that "birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things."

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Obama: Republicans Voted To Reward Corporations Creating Jobs Overseas In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama discussed his proposals to provide tax incentives for job creation in America, and attacked Republicans for wanting to keep tax loopholes open that reward job creation overseas.

"But Republicans in Washington have consistently fought to keep these corporate loopholes open. Over the last four years alone, Republicans in the House voted 11 times to continue rewarding corporations that create jobs and profits overseas - a policy that costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year," said Obama. "That doesn't make a lot sense. It doesn't make sense for American workers, American businesses, or America's economy. A lot of companies that do business internationally make an important contribution to our economy here at home. That's a good thing. But there is no reason why our tax code should actively reward them for creating jobs overseas. Instead, we should be using our tax dollars to reward companies that create jobs and businesses within our borders."

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Long before she was frustrating her Democratic opponent Chris Coons with her allegations that he's a closet Marxist, Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell was busy aggravating celebrities on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect.

Maher dropped another O'Donnell clip on his HBO program Real Time on Friday. This one wasn't focused so much on the things O'Donnell said as it was the way guests reacted.

Amongst the celebrities featured in the clip -- many of whom O'Donnell left exasperated -- are Al Franken, Bob Saget, Ben Affleck, Danny Bonaduce, Dana Carvey, magician Penn Jillet, Jimmy Kimmel, actor Patrick Duffy (the dad on Step by Step) and Sisqó, of "Thong Song" fame. "Ah, the 90s!" jokes Maher at the end of the montage.

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