October 10th, 2010
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State of the Union Early Bird

(CNN)–It’s early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the Sunday headlines to go with your morning coffee.

Some of the items on our radar this morning: The midterm elections, the latest in Pakistan and in fighting terrorism, and politics.

Check out what we’re reading today and watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET.

MIDTERMS

Beyond the tea party: What Americans really think of government

Most of those who see the country as headed off-course put "a great deal" of blame on the government. Overall, 55 percent of Americans say the government is not paying attention to the biggest issues. Similar percentages say the government does not use tax money wisely, is out of sync with their values and has not helped their families.

Tea party fuels GOP midterm enthusiasm, action

The latest evidence comes in another of a long series of surveys conducted by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University. What it shows is that tea party supporters and other conservatives are the most energized and are prepared to work the hardest to persuade friends and neighbors to vote Nov. 2.

'Professional left' says Obama's needling strategy won't work

“Hectoring your supporters doesn't work, and it never has,” Hamsher said. “And anyone with as much campaign experience as Obama and [Vice President] Biden knows that, which is why you never saw them do it in their own races.”

Some House Democrats may hold ground against Republican wave

House Democrats in conservative-leaning districts have dug in, fought back and begun to reverse declining poll numbers and poor favorability ratings, developing what they believe are winning messages in a hostile political environment. Their cumulative efforts could blunt some of the predicted GOP gains next month, Democrats hope, showing that even a powerful wave can run up against break walls.

Nation appears poised for midterm change

“It used to be that people gave our politicians a chance to straighten things out and understood that government generally responds slowly," said Stuart Rothenberg, a 30-year student of national politics and a nonpartisan handicapper of elections across the country. "The MTV generation is sufficiently large, and they expect change not just today — they expect change yesterday."

Vilified or Not, Pelosi Insists She’s Winning

And a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that Ms. Pelosi and Sarah Palin are two of the country’s most polarizing political figures. Fifty-one percent of respondents said it was unacceptable for Ms. Pelosi to continue as speaker, a figure exceeding the percentage who say it would be unacceptable for Democrats to retain control of Congress.

Reigniting the passion of African American voters is key to Democrats' hopes

Sen. Collins: Why divided government would be less divisive


It's a tough time to be a moderate in the U.S. Senate. Sitting down with those on the opposite side of a debate, negotiating in good faith, attempting to reach a solution - such actions are now vilified by the hard-liners on both sides of the aisle. Too few want to achieve real solutions; too many would rather draw sharp distinctions and score political points, even if that means neglecting the problems our country faces.

Democrats feud over plan to fix deficits

Rivlin’s about to announce a plan to fix the deficit that’s expected to include some of her past prescriptions for the problem. Cut Social Security benefits. Or maybe raise the retirement age from 66 to 70. Or both.

PAKISTAN/TERROR THREAT

Cheney calls anti-terror policies necessary but controversial

"Now I think the biggest threat of all is the possibility that we'll end up with terrorists, at some point, in the heart of one of our communities, one of our big cities, armed with a nuclear weapon."
"When you're dealing with somebody who wants to die for Allah and their promise is that if they do they'll go straight to paradise, then the possibility of a nuclear weapon isn't a deterrent, it's an incentive. And it's my belief if they ever do get their hands on that kind of capability, that they'll use it."

Al-Qaeda's new strategy: Less apocalypse, more street fighting

Recent plots, including the Mumbai raid in November 2008, the Times Square car bomb attempt in May of this year and now the plot in Europe, show that al-Qaeda is not only operationally alive and well, but has transformed its post-Afghanistan tactical retreat into a formidable new strategy….. The new al-Qaeda seems to understand its limitations and appears to be adopting more realistic means of achieving its grand objectives. There is no reason to think that al-Qaeda has abandoned its all-out jihad to defend Islam against what it sees as centuries of repression and humiliation at the hands of the West. But instead of fomenting revolutionary outrage with spectacular gestures, it is slowly raising a new army designed to wage traditional urban warfare.

Pakistan reopens border to NATO supply trucks

Drone attacks may be legal, but are they moral?

POLITICS

So what exactly is Mitt Romney’s job? Even Republicans are unsure

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  1. u2canfail

    I am going to Jon Stewarts Rally to Restore Sanity. Election season brings out the worst of our system. Instead of issues we have a lot of ugly accusations. Do these people have a stand on an issue? Are the States in such great shape that nothing local counts? Election Reform is at the TOP of my agenda.
    NO campaign contributions over $25, No direct contact by lobbies, letter only. No dinners, no parties, no plane rides. Let me, a voter be in charge again. It is the system, not the party that is troubling. Money has too much power.

    October 10, 2010 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  2. anthony ofili - lagos Nigeria

    I think president obama's mouth is louder than his actions. It is sad americans may realise this too late.

    October 10, 2010 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  3. stufthis

    It is time to give out the "Ozzy Osbourne Award For Eloquence and Thoughtfulness" to the most deserving candidate this year. The award goes to Sharron Angle for 'Sharia Law in Dallas.' It was close with Paladino, Robinson, LePage, Miller, O'Donnell, Rubio, Boehner, Virginia Fox, and Rand Paul. Previous winners were Bachmann in 2008 for 'communists in the house of reps.' which beat out Sarah Palin and Louie Gomert. in 2006, King from Iowa beat out Virginia Fox.

    October 10, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. stufthis

    Glenn Beck also dresses up in Nazi clothes, but Glenn said that slavery was OK until the government got involved, which is Fascism

    October 10, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |