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October 19th, 2010
09:06 PM ET
October 19th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

White House White Board

Tonight on JKUSA we'll take an in-depth look at U.S. national job growth 14 days out of the November elections. Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers has returned to the White Board to defend the administration’s role as a job-creator. We’ll fact check their numbers…Tune in to John King, USA TONIGHT @ 7p ET!

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October 19th, 2010
02:28 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

Fourteen days to Election Day and it is getting noisy: more ads, more pointed debates, and more and more emails from partisans claiming this, that and the other thing. Amid the clutter, remember the basic rule of midterm elections: How do people feel about their president? And do they see the country as on the right track? By those tests, Democrats are in for a very rough night. That is not to say there isn’t some fascinating chess being played at the moment – as Democrats sacrifice a few rooks and even a bishop or two in hopes of protecting their majorities. (Maybe I should have carried that on through the queen and king references but, as they say, it would be wrong. But some good natured fun is OK when things are so crazy.) On to the bullet points: I love John Avlon’s No. 3; was Han Solo’s rent too damn high? Excellent observations in points. No. 1 and 2 also. Erick’s No. 1 reflects the continuing GOP internal struggle over what the establishment sees as the best approach and what the grassroots wants from its leaders. His No. 2 is among the biggest debates in Washington. Enjoy the day. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Republican Judd Gregg says the Senate GOP would be unwise to repeal Obamacare. His view reflects the leadership. The base of the GOP is not pleased.

– Republicans are right now trying to decide if Barack Obama will move right after November 2nd. Most don't think he will.

– So far in early voting it is angry white men. That's not good for Democrats.

Senior Political Columnist for John Avlon:

– Democrats getting rare good news out of West Virginia and Connecticut – Manchin set to win momentum-changing ad of the season with his 'bullet thru cap and trade' ad –

– Jack Conway provokes a backlash in Kentucky – his 'Aqua Buddha' ad tries to hit Rand Paul for college prank from the right, bringing religion into it and hitting below the belt. He could have made the same case on any of a dozen Paul policy positions, but by going ugly, Conway could have blown this race and his good guy reputation.

– The New York Gubernatorial debate looked like the Star Wars bar – just the latest sign of the strangeness that's infused politics this year. The state's got serious problems and a looming $8 billion budget gap next year, but citizens were offered surreal slogans and no solutions. With all the gutter ball politics and no credible GOP nominee, New Yorkers have no real choice on election day – it's Cuomo or Crazy town. We deserve better.

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October 19th, 2010
02:21 PM ET

What do you want us to ask David Axelrod?

Tonight we’re interviewing White House Senior Adviser, David Axelrod. What do you want us to ask him? Send us your questions NOW and don’t forget to tune in to John King, USA @ 7p ET!

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October 19th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

Palin tweet 2 endorse Raese names wrong state


(CNN) – For a lot of Republicans, an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the gold standard of conservative street cred.

West Virginia Republican Senate candidate John Raese received such a nod this morning, except her endorsement was for a Senate seat in … Pennsylvania.

In a now-deleted tweet, Palin wrote, "Pennsylvania:makes sense 2 send GOP 2 DC 2 avoid PA economic disaster that will occur under Obama/Pelosi Cap & Tax scheme;workers need Raese."

She then quickly took the tweet down and updated with, "PA & WV: makes sense 2 send GOP 2 DC 2 avoid economic disaster that will occur under Obama/Pelosi Cap & Tax scheme;workers need Raese."

Pennsylvania, however, does border Raese's home state, and has its own tight race for Senate between Democrat Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey. Palin has not officially endorsed in that race.

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