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November 1, 2010

For all Democrats, rabid and reluctant Obama supporters alike, who've been secretly wondering "Would we be in this mess if Hillary had won?" New York Magazine's John Heilemann has an answer: "probably." '"Hillary in 2016? Absolutely. Hillary in 2012? You are high," he writes.   Read more

By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 6:16 AM

November 1, 2010

While things aren't looking too good for New York State gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino on election day, he decided to party it up nonetheless, capping off a reprehensible campaign season with yet another decidedly gross show of character.   Read more

By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 6:16 AM

November 1, 2010

On her show last night, Rachel Maddow looked at a Washington Post/ABC poll that shows registered voters prefer Democrats to Republicans by 5+. Dems score better on the economy, "values", and "fixing the nation's problems." When the poll flips to likely voters though -- the registered voters most inclined to make it to the polls -- Republicans surge ahead.

Maddow has a fairly straightforward solution to the "enthusiasm gap" that threatens sweeping wins for Republicans on election day:   Read more

By Tana Ganeva | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 6:15 AM

November 1, 2010

According to the Gallup poll released Sunday, the Republicans have a 15-point lead among likely voters. NBC/ Wall Street Journal has them up by 6. CNN/Opinion Research shows the GOP with a ten-point lead. Pew has a 6-point spread, and the ABC/ Washington Post poll shows the Republicans leading by 4 (all via PollingReport).   Read more

By Joshua Holland | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 6:10 AM

November 1, 2010

On the cusp of California's landmark Proposition 19 marijuana vote, it's important to remember how a long-developing underground network of boutique weed farms across the state have set the stage for legalization. Both hobby breeders and small business-style mini-farms have not only diversified and strengthened the plant's strain, but their proliferation has brought down costs and boosted the economy.   Read more

By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 5:32 AM

November 1, 2010

Paul Krugman and Digby both highlight a blog comment on a thread about the Irish economy that's making rounds today because of its insight into what exactly the hallowed financial "markets" entail--people in offices making decisions and speculations.   Read more

By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 5:25 AM

November 1, 2010

With all the talk of the "mancession" since the '08 crash, it might be easy to forget that skyrocketing unemployment and shifting family dynamics have had a profound effect on women.   Read more

By Lauren Kelley | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 4:48 AM

November 1, 2010

The protracted war in Iraq has had copious vocal detractors in both America and the UK, but earlier this year, a 21-year-old British woman's discontent turned sanguine. In May, Roshonara Choudhry approached Labour MP Stephen Timms at a public appointment and stabbed him two times in the stomach "to get revenge for the people of Iraq," the Guardian reports.   Read more

By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 4:24 AM

November 1, 2010

During a lively and live televised debate over California's ballot measure to legalize marijuana on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" actor and comedian Zach Galifanakis surprised the panel (and, apparently, the folks behind the camera) by whipping out what conservative commentator Margaret Hoover appeared to verify by the "smell test" as the real thing. Whatever happens with Proposition 19, another taboo about marijuana -- that it shouldn't be consumed on live national TV -- was broken.

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By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 4:10 AM

November 1, 2010

They've already spent millions of anonymously-donated dollars targeting the most progressive folks in congress this election cycle, but that's not enough for the rabidly conservative donor groups that have been unleashed by last year's Citizens United decision.    Read more

By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 3:56 AM