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Thursday, February 11, 2016.

AP: "Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release. Paul Schrade's voice cracked with emotion during an hour of testimony on his efforts to untangle mysteries about the events of June 5, 1968. The 91-year-old former labor leader said he believed Sirhan shot him but that a second unidentified shooter felled Kennedy."

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New York Times (February 4): "Pregnant women whose male sexual partners have spent time in a country with confirmed transmissions of the Zika virus should either abstain from sex or use condoms during intercourse for the duration of their pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced.'

USA Today: "Women of childbearing age should avoid alcohol unless they're using contraception, federal health officials said Tuesday, in a move to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome. 'Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant,' said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and even if planned, most women won’t know they are pregnant for the first month or so, when they might still be drinking.'"

New York Times (January 14): "Federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies. Officials say it could be the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak." ...

     ... NYT Update (January 15): "Federal health officials on Friday advised pregnant women to postpone traveling to 13 Latin American or Caribbean countries and Puerto Rico where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in babies." ...

... The Washington Post reports on the crisis in Brazil.

Washington Post: "Scientists announced Thursday that, after decades of effort, they have succeeded in detecting gravitational waves from the violent merging of two black holes in deep space. The detection was hailed as a triumph for a controversial, exquisitely crafted, billion-dollar physics experiment and as confirmation of a key prediction of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity."

New York Times: "... 21-year-old [Arthur Ashe] toppled the tournament’s top-seeded tennis player in a stunning upset on July 30, 1964. We published two photographs of Dennis Ralston, ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time, who walked off the court in defeat. But we didn’t run a single photograph of the winner.... On that day in 1964, he was ranked sixth in the nation and had yet to win a national title. ...

... The 1964 Times story is here. The page has blown up the above photo, worth viewing just to feast your eyes on that gorgeous young man. ...

... The Times is publishing previously unpublished photos of black historical figures & events every day this month. You can see those published to date here.

CW: Not sure if the movie is any good, but Ron Howard's intro is primo. Here's the trailer:

... The New York Times story, by Brooks Barnes, is here. "Kept a secret for months — no small task in Hollywood — 'Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie' was released to coincide with Mr. Trump’s victory on Tuesday in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary."

New York Times: The leader of a group of "aging thieves" who last year pulled off "the largest burglary in England’s history" may have been an ex-policeman. The others have been captured, but "Basil" is still at large & his identity is unknown to investigators. Surely there will be a movie.

Washington Post: "Media mogul Sumner Redstone has resigned as board chairman at CBS Corp. after a court battle raised questions about the 92-year-old executive’s mental competence. He was replaced by Leslie Moonves, the longtime CBS president and chief executive, CBS announced Wednesday. The transition took effect Tuesday when Redstone was appointed to the role of CBS chairman emeritus, CBS said."

... New York Times: "A small 16th-century oil on panel largely kept in storage at a Kansas City, Mo., museum is a work by the Dutch Renaissance master Hieronymus Bosch, researchers [in the Netherlands] said on Monday, a finding that, if accepted by other scholars, would add to the tiny list of about 25 recognized Bosch paintings in the world. The painting, 'The Temptation of St. Anthony,' dated 1500-1510, had previously been attributed to the workshop of Bosch or to a follower of Bosch, known for his comic and surreal images of heaven and hell and the earthly moral purgatory in between."

Radio host Diane Rehm discusses her "retirement" plans with Karen Heller of the Washington Post.

Washington Post: "A lost story by famed British children’s author Beatrix Potter — the Tale of Kitty-in-Boots — has been discovered among her memorabilia and will be published this year more than a century after she wrote it. Jo Hanks, a publisher with Penguin Random House who made the discovery at London’s Victoria & Albert museum in 2013, called the story the biggest Potter discovery in generations and almost certainly the last, the London Times Newspaper reported Tuesday."

Boston Globe: "Late Night host (and New Hampshire native) Seth Meyers stars in this trailer for his fake movie, Boston Accent, which just laughs at all the devices used in every movie ever made in Boston":

Tim Egan's Confession: "I can no longer wait in a grocery store line, or linger for a traffic light, or even pause long enough to let a bagel pop from the toaster, without reflexively reaching for my smartphone."

Planet Nine. Caltech: "Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun. The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations but have not yet observed the object directly." ...

... CW: Planet Nine, my ass. I will never abandon Pluto! But this is a mighty thrilling development. ...

... UPDATE. Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post interviews Mike Brown, one of the discoverers of Planet Nine. It turns out, as certainly every astronomer knows, that Mike Brown was also the guy who killed Pluto! Even his daughter is mad at him for that.

New York Times: "Five planets will parade across the dawn sky early Wednesday[, January 20,] in a rare celestial spectacle set to repeat every morning until late next month. Headlining the planetary performance are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. It will be the first time in more than a decade that the fab five will be simultaneously visible to the naked eye, according to Jason Kendall, who is on the board of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York."

Los Angeles Times: "The backlash against this year's Academy Award nominations escalated Monday with announcements by director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith that they would boycott the Feb. 28 Oscars ceremony, citing the absence of people of color in all four acting categories for the second year in a row. If other prominent entertainment industry figures join the boycott, it has the potential to spoil Hollywood's annual showcase event."

Donald Trump playing Donald Trump in movies & on teevee shows:

New York Times: "#OscarsSoWhite, that damning hashtag that made the rounds last year, can again, unhappily, be revived for this year’s Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning.... The only Academy nods for two of the year’s biggest films about African-American characters went to white people.... In all the lead categories — best director, picture, and all four acting categories — only Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the Mexican auteur who won best director and picture last year, for 'Birdman,' adds a note of diversity. This year he was nominated for 'The Revenant.'”

Los Angeles Times: "Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards have been announced, and 'The Revenant' is leading with 12, including for best picture. Other nominees for best picture are 'The Big Short,' 'Bridge of Spies,' 'Brooklyn,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'The Martian,' 'Room,' and 'Spotlight.' All the snubs, surprises and reactions from nominees coming below." Full coverage via the linked page.

Christian Science Monitor: "... thanks to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University, the lowly incandescent bulb is getting a jolt of new life. The six-researcher team says it has found a way to boost the bulb's efficiency twenty-fold, which would leave today's favored compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the dust, according to a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology." ...

     ... CW: If these bulbs go into production, it should make Rand Paul very, very happy. If only MIT could do something about his big-shit problem. Science does have its limits.

Los Angeles Times: "A 21-year odyssey came to an end Tuesday when National Football League owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and gave the San Diego Chargers an option to join the Rams in Inglewood."

** Washington Post: "In a paper published in the open-access journal eLife this week, researchers say they have pinpointed what may well be one of evolution’s greatest copy mess-ups yet: the mutation that allowed our ancient protozoa predecessors to evolve into complex, multi-cellular organisms.... Incredibly, in the world of evolutionary biology, all it took was one tiny tweak, one gene, and complex life as we know it was born." The paper is here. ...

... CW: Sorry, fundies, this is a lot more exciting than a trip to the Noah's ark amusement park or whatever it is.

The Los Angeles Times' Golden Globe coverage is here.

New Yorker: More Pluto!

New York: "Lumosity is one of these 'brain training' programs, and yet, according to the Federal Trade Commission, many of those claims aren’t backed up by science. On Tuesday, Lumos Labs — the company behind Lumosity — agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission for $2 million for misleading consumers on claims that playing these mental games would help with cognitive performance and prevent mental decline as we age. 'Lumosity preyed on consumers’ fears about age-related cognitive decline, suggesting their games could stave off memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease,' Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. 'But Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads.'”

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Ed Vogel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 6: "Harry Reid won re-election because he got of a lot of Republican votes.

** NBC News projects that Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will win re-election. Las Vegas Sun story here.

NBC News projects that Nevada Republican Brian Sandoval defeated Harry Reid's son Rory Reid for the governorship. Las Vegas Sun story here.

Screenshot from Angle's "Amnesty Game" page.More last-minute hilarity from Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post: "Toymaker Hasbro has sent Sharron Angle's Senate campaign a cease and desist letter, saying the Nevada Republican never received permission to use the rights to Monopoly for its "Harry Reid Amnesty Game" website." As of 10:45 am., the Angle site was still up.

AP: "Republicans outperformed Democrats getting to the polls in Nevada, a promising sign for Republican tea party favorite Sharron Angle in her dead-heat race with Majority Leader Harry Reid, figures showed Monday. Final tallies for two weeks of in-person voting and a preliminary count of mail-in ballots for the state's two most populous counties, Clark and Washoe, gave Democrats about a 9,000-voter edge. The slim margin stands out because Democrats hold a 60,000-voter edge in statewide registration."

Las Vegas Sun, November 1: "First Lady Michelle Obama, in North Las Vegas today to stump for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, appealed to people's parental and civic responsibility in urging them to vote Democratic...."

Greg Sargent: "Has any campaign ever been quite this direct in claiming that their opponent is, well, a complete whack-job? The Reid team has completely emptied the thesaurus":

Jon Ralston tweets, "Another run-in w/evil, lamestream media by Angle at airport in Vegas after northern/rural tour. Team Angle says TVs banned from events now."

Sam Stein: Sharron Angle says she'll talk to the press, but only after she's elected. With audio.

Las Vegas Sun: "A lawyer for the Nevada Republican Party has demanded Secretary of State Ross Miller investigate and resolve multiple issues the party is raising about early voting."

Harry Reid intends to steal this election if he can't win it outright. -- Cleta Mitchell, attorney for Sharron Angle

Las Vegas Sun: "A national advocacy organization for immigrants is launching a Spanish-language media blitz in Nevada today in an attempt to use a recent stream of anti-illegal immigration ads from Sharron Angle’s campaign as a reason for Hispanics to vote.... The sixty-second spots – 154 of them – will air on Spanish-language radio from now until Election Day...." ...

... Sharron Angle's latest fearmongering, racist ad:

... Michael Scherer of Time comments: "Sadly, Sharron Angle's latest ad ... joins a long tradition of down-to-the-wire political advertising that cynically exploits racial fears to win elections.... Perhaps the best antecedent for the Angle spot is the 1988 Willie Horton spot.... The Republican Party is stuck with having to explain spots like hers to Hispanic Americans, who are the fastest growing voting demographic in the country and the likely key to winning presidential swing states for decades to come."

Shailagh Murray of the Washington Post: "Gritty and stoic, [Majority Leader Harry] Reid embodies Nevada's paradoxical relationship with the federal government, a can't-live-with-him, can't-live without-him dilemma that has turned his quest for a fifth Senate term into the fight of his long career. Win or lose, most of Reid's elections have been decided by whisker-thin margins and his battle against tea party star Sharron Angle figures to be another. But the dynamics of this one are different. Never before has Nevada been so tired of Reid - and yet so dependent on him."

Sam Stein, October 25: "Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a decoy to dodge members of the press at an event on Monday, a reporter on the scene tells the Huffington Post."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks to Ed Schultz & pulls no punches against his opponent Sharon Angle:

Here's a good report from Nevada's Channel 8 on Sharron Angle's telling Hispanic high school students, "Some of you look more Asian to me":

... Susan Saulny of the New York Times takes a broader look at how race issues are playing out in 2010 campaigns.

Nicholas Lemann has a good, in-depth article in The New Yorker on Harry Reid & this year's Nevada Senatorial race.

Karoun Demirjian of the Las Vegas Sun recaps the debate/smackdown between Harry Reid & Sharron Angle. CW: rhymes with "witch." You can watch it on C-SPAN. Here's Angle telling Reid to "man up."

Adam Nagourney & Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times on the Nevada Senate race. Here's a factoid: "records analyzed by CQ Moneyline show that 80 percent of the money donated to both campaigns has come from outside of Nevada, a near mirror image of the other major Senate races."

KTVN (Reno), October 11: Ana Padilla, who is now a U.S. citizen, claims she worked for Nevada's Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval while she was in the country illegally & the Sandovals never asked her for documentation. She says she is coming forward now because of Sandoval's opposition to amnesty for undocumented aliens. Sandoval denies that Padilla worked for his family & blames his Democratic opponent Rory Reid for manufacturing the story.

Las Vegas Sun, October 10: Super-PACS are pouring money into Nevada.

AP, October 10: "In a dramatic shift, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle says she won't privatize Veterans Affairs, dismantle Social Security or dismiss unemployment benefits as welfare." ...

... Angle Publicly Calls Reid a "Whore." Las Vegas Sun: "Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle on Saturday bashed 'favor-buying whore' politicians, seemingly oblivious to the hypocrisy of her remarks given that she offered her own political 'juice' as leverage in trying to persuade a third-party candidate to drop out of the race. While talking about the health care reform bill that Congress passed this year, Angle said: 'We don’t need some kind of favor-buying whore ... Harry Reid isn’t just another vote. He pushed it, he promoted it, he made the deals.'”

Stupid Candidate Tricks. Jeff Simon of CNN: "Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle told a crowd of Tea Party rally-goers last week that two cities — Dearborn, Michigan and Frankford, Texas — are under Sharia law, the sacred law of Islam.... Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly told the Associated Press that Angle’s comments were 'shameful' and 'totally irresponsible.'" Another problem? "Well, Frankford, Texas doesn’t really exist."

Brent Budowsky of The Hill, October 8: "Bill Raggio, the minority leader in the Nevada state Senate and a leading Silver State Republican, added a major new dimension to the U.S. Senate race there by blasting Sharron Angle for being radical and extreme, and endorsing Sen. Harry Reid (D) for reelection.... Raggio has never before endorsed a Democratic candidate in a major race. His political viewpoint is Republican-conservative."

CW: I don't do polls, BUT ... from Rasmussen: "Republican challenger Sharron Angle has now moved to a four-point lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada’s bare-knuckles U.S. Senate race." In November 2008, I really thought we had moved out of a country that could ever again elect an insane, lying right-wing extremist to Congress. We have not.

AP: "U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a crowd of supporters that the country needs to address a "militant terrorist situation" that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities."

The Party of Racists. Andrea Nill of Think Progress: Republicans Sharron Angle & David Vitter use the same photo of menacing-looking young Hispanic men in their scary video ads. In Angle's ad she seems to be attacking Harry Reid for his support of the DREAM bill which would offer a path to citizenship for young people who served in the military or went to college (the ad copy is so misleading, tho it's hard to tell what she's talking about). Igor Volsky of Think Progress posts the ad pictures ...

     ... then writes that beneficiaries of the DREAM legislation would look more like this:

     ... "Angle's 'Willie Horton' Ad. Adam Serwer, writing in the Washington Post, elaborates.

New York Times, October 5: Syd James, "the head of the Nevada Tea Party, resigned Tuesday after its candidate for Senate leaked a recording of Sharron Angle – the Republican running to replace Senator Harry Reid, the leader of the Democratic majority — in which she complained about Republican leaders and confessed that she does not know if she can win." James set up the meeting between Angle her Tea Party rival Scott Ashjian.

New York Times: "The largest union of registered nurses in the country will begin a $200,000 advertising campaign on Monday aimed at defeating Sharron Angle, the Republican challenger to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader.... The advertising campaign is the largest ever expenditure on a political race by the union, National Nurses United, officials said."  Here are the ads:

The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles.... Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me.... They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government. -- Sharron Angle, in a closed-door meeting with a tea party opponent

Scoop! Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun (October 3) obtained a tape of a meeting among Sharron Angle, her Tea Party of Nevada opponent Scott Ashjian, & their minions. Pretty raw stuff. Includes audio of the meeting. ...

     ... Update from Shira Toeplitz of Politico: "Nevada Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian admitted Sunday that he secretly recorded a conversation with Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, at a meeting in which she asks him to get out of the race, and that he leaked the tape to a journalist." The recording, according to a Harvard Law professor, was illegal.

     ... Update: or maybe Ashjian isn't a teabagger at all. Here's an  the Tea Party Express produced:

     ... AND Christiana Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo adds, "Cleta Mitchell, a top Republican lawyer representing Sharron Angle's Senate bid in Nevada, told TPM ... that the meeting [with Ashjian] ... was 'a setup.'"

Las Vegas Review Journal: "Supporters of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his GOP challenger Sharron Angle brawled at the end of a Senate race forum at a local Christian school."

Sharron Angle sided with the abuser:

Jon Ralston in the Las Vegas Sun, September 12: "... former Senate hopeful, Danny Tarkanian, said he disagreed with those who suggest a civil uprising might be necessary -- a reference to Sharron Angle's quote in January on another conservative talker's program." Notice that his right-right radio host Mike Wiley thinks revolution is cool: when Tarkanian says, "I’m not going to take the position that we need a civil uprising to overthrow our government," Wiley butts in & counters, "The Declaration of Independence gives us that right." [Here one presumes he means the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, but, hey, why quibble?] Tarkanian says it doesn't.

What Works in Las Vegas May Only Work in Las Vegas. Adam Sorensen of Time on why Harry Reid's negative campaign against Sharron Angle may not work for other Democratic candidates.

Greg Sargent: "In an interview with a conservative talk show host yesterday, Sharron Angle was given two clear chances to disavow the claim that there are 'domestic enemies' within Congress, an assertion she previously expressed unequivocal agreement with. Both times, Angle refused."

Black Is the Color of the Devil. Jonathan Chait of The New Republic: "Sharron Angle ... is not merely a candidate with extremely radical views, like Rand Paul, she inhabits an ideological grey area where radicalism starts to become indistinguishable with actual mental illness." ...

     ... Chait cites this post by Bill Roberts of the Pahrump Valley News (great name!), who recount a 20-year-old episode in which, on religious grounds, Angle opposed a high school coach's decision to change the football team's jerseys to black; Angle's group associated black with the devil & the supernatural.

Adam Nagourney of the New York Times interviews! Sharron Angle & assesses her campaign & her prospects of winning the Senate race.

Keach Hagey of Politico profiles Nevada journalist & "one-man media franchise" Jon Ralston, who is far & away the most influential political reporter & pundit in Nevada.

Chris Matthews, Eric Boehlert of Media Matters & Ryan Grim of the HuffPost elaborate on Sharron Angle's relationship with the press:

 

Angle Gaffe #98. In a vid that deserves to become a classic, Sharron Angle explains to Fox "News"' Carl Cameron that the media should report the news the way she wants them to. She explains that she wants to take only pre-approved questions & be able to use the media to tout her campaign donations site:

Angle Gaffe #97. Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun: Sharron Angle says the DISCLOSE bill, which the Senate failed to even bring to a vote, is settled law.

Roll the Video Tape. Steve Benen: I've never said I want to eliminate, I always said I want to save Social Security by paying back. -- Sharron Angle, July 24, 2010....

     ... Sharron Angle, way back in June 2010. Who could remember?

Anjeanette Damon of the Las Vegas Sun: Nevada tea party groups do their own thing, not always to their advantage.

Las Vegas Sun: "After more than a month dodging the press, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle on Wednesday invited reporters to an event intended to amplify her campaign message.... Angle delivered a three-minute speech on her desire to permanently repeal the estate tax. When invited by the final speaker to stay and answer a few questions, she turned on her heel and rushed out a back door with a small cadre of staff members. Reporters, including one who is six months pregnant, chased after her, calling out questions...."

... Angle refuses to answer media questions ... at her own "press conference":

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. The Reid campaign cuts a new ad:

"The only job Sharron Angle wants to fight for is hers":

Sam Stein has more on Sharron Angle's theory of "God's plan" for rape victims -- women should use their pregnancies to improve their situations. Or something about "making lemonade from lemons."

Greg Sargent, July 8: "During a radio appearance [Sharron Angle] labeled the $20 billion BP escrow fund secured by the White House as a 'slush fund.' Angle also seemed to agree with a caller who flatly described the fund as extortion, and added: 'Government shouldn't be doing that to a private company.' For good measure, she said Dems are exploiting the crisis to push energy reform and are following 'Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.'" ...

     ... Update: Angle tries to walk back the "slush fund" remark. ...

     ... The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Alex Altman of Time comments on Angle's latest gaffe.

Greg Sargent, July 7: Sharron Angle says she will "pursue" her claim that Harry Reid's campaign is misusing (or something) her "intellectual property." Sargent sees Angle's strategy, whatever it is, as a really bad idea. CW: besides, Reid could win the case by merely demonstrating that Angle & "intellectual" were mutually exclusive concepts. ...

... Las Vegas Sun, July 6: "Nevada Democrats today re-launched their version of GOP senate candidate Sharron Angle’s old campaign website. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign yanked the website over the weekend after Angle’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter, claiming Reid abused 'proprietary materials' from Angle’s old site. This afternoon, however, the Nevada Democratic Party put the site back up, claiming protection under the First Amendment." Reid's "The Real Sharron Angle" page is here.

Jon Ralston: during my interview of her, a new, fake Sharron Angle emerged, one who parrots scripted, more moderate talking points on some issues in which she has been "out there."

Angle Speaks! to Jon Ralston:


     ... Here's a related Las Vegas Sun story.

Think Progress: in a January 25 radio interview, Sharron Angle said that abortions for victims of rape & incest would interfere with "God's plan." CW: because one of the mysterious ways god works is through rape & incest?

Brian Stelter of the New York Times: Nevada reporters are playing a game of "Where's Sharron?" ...

... BUT Sharron Angle will talk to political reporter Jon Ralston this afternoon, June 29.

Jay Newton-Small of Time on why Harry Reid's chances are improving -- Sharron Angle.

"This Is Crazy." Harry Reid is up with a new hard-hitting spot against Sharron Angle:

Dave Weigel of the Washington Post: Sharron Angle's campaign denies a staffer called a reporter an "unprintable." CW: I wish the MSM would at least let us fill in the blanks on these "unprintable" epithets. Was it "fuckhead" or "my good man"? The backstory, in which Weigel is even less specific, is interesting: Angle refuses to endorse her own stated positions.

Matt Yglesias: according to Sharron Angle, Scientology is natural homepathic medicine.

The Las Vegas Sun has a big ol' feature on Sharron Angle's Second Amendment Solution to fixing the federal government. 

Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun says Harry Reid's attack ad on Sharron Angle "rings true."


The Reid operation is gearing up to paint Angle as, well, a nutjob, as a cross between Rand Paul and Orly Taitz. There doesn't appear to be a shortage of material. -- Greg Sargent

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post: Sharron "Angle said in a recent interview that the Gulf spill was an 'accident' and opined that we need to further 'deregulate' the oil industry in the wake of the disaster."

Washington Post: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said "reporters would have 'complete access' to Sharron Angle... 'in a few weeks,' but not now." Cornyn said Angle "needed to get 'prepared.'"

AP: "Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle, a tea party favorite who describes herself as a conservative's conservative, left the Republican Party at the height of the Reagan revolution and became a Democrat for at least several years, government records show."

Talking Points Memo: "The peculiar ideology of Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, is perhaps no better illustrated than by her embrace of the patriot group Oath Keepers, whose membership of uniformed soldiers and police take an oath to refuse orders they see as unconstitutional -- including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states' sovereignty, and 'any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.'"

First, Kill Harry Reid. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post: in an interview she gave earlier this year, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle advocated armed insurrection against the federal government. The Las Vegas Review-Journal also carried the story.

You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out. -- Sharron Angle

Odd Couple. Alex Pareene of Salon: John Ensign takes Sharron Angle to lunch, forgets to tell other Republicans he invited her to join them. Pareene has fun with this one. ...

... AND, as Ryan Grim reports, so is Nevada's Democratic party, who have prepared a little introductory speech for Ensign to deliver. It covers all of Ensign's AND Angle's good points.

Fox & Friends "interview" Sharron Angle, Harry Reid's nutty opponent, so they can all lie about Angle's nutty views. Jon Ralston, the Sun's political reporter & columnist, for one was not amused. Think Progress has video of the "interview."

Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday that Nevadans are right to be angry about record high unemployment and home foreclosures, but he said voters shouldn't punish U.S. Sen. Harry Reid because Republicans -- not Democrats -- caused the economic crisis."

Read It & Weep. Talking Points Memo: "The new Rasmussen poll of the Nevada Senate race shows Republican nominee Sharron Angle leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the wake of her big win in Tuesday's primary. The numbers: Angle 50%, Reid 39%."

Dana Milbank: "Only weeks ago, [Harry Reid] the Senate majority leader was...facing a seemingly inevitable defeat in his reelection battle in Nevada. But then came Tuesday's primary, and Republicans selected as their candidate Sharron Angle, a woman who, among other things, favors bringing more nuclear waste to Nevada, floated the idea of outlawing alcohol, and wants to abolish the Education Department, the Energy Department, the EPA, the United Nations and most of the IRS. She's not so keen on Social Security, Medicare or unemployment insurance, either." ...

... Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times profiles Sharron Angle.

Las Vegas Sun: Jim Gibbons becomes the first governor in Nevada's history to lose a primary race.

Las Vegas Sun: "...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got the race he wanted. Sharron Angle, a former Reno assemblywoman and Tea Party favorite, emerged from Tuesday’s Republican primary..., but carrying political baggage that experts say gives the embattled Reid a new lease on political life."

"A...tea party-backed contender..., Sharron Angle, led a crowded field for the right to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada in the fall."

AP: Gov. Jim Gibbons lost "to Brian Sandoval, a former federal judge.... Rory Reid, Harry Reid's son, won the Democratic nomination."

John Bresnahan & Manu Raju of Politico: Harry Reid is "angling" to pick his Republican foe: Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. "On her website — full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors — Angle" says

She wants to privatize Social Security; cut federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; abolish the federal income tax and institute a 'simpler, fairer, flatter tax system'; 'defund Obamacare'; pull the United States out of the United Nations; ban nearly all abortions; get rid of the Energy and Education departments as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and remove all campaign finance restrictions, requiring instead immediate reporting of donations.