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Tea-Party candidates, many backed by Sarah Palin, have toppled Party-establishment favorites in Republican primaries this year. But veteran operatives have an ace in the hole: big money. Also, America's highest poverty level in a half century, and a conversation with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg about his visit with Fidel Castro. How did he look? What did he say about Cuba, the US and the prospect of nuclear war?

Banner image: US Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell speaks to her supporters after she won the Delaware US Senate primary against Rep. Mike Castle on September 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Will Big Money Save a Divided Republican Party? 33 MIN, 56 SEC

In Alaska, Utah, Nevada and now New Hampshire, Tea Party-backed candidates for the US Senate have defeated party stalwarts in this year's Republican primaries.  But the poster child may be Christine O'Donnell. The right-winger, who's made an issue of masturbation, defeated former governor and incumbent Congressman Mike Castle this week in Delaware. Democrats may think the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot, but veteran GOP operatives, including Karl Rove, are not lying down. We hear about massive, coordinated spending plans, backed by the very mainstream establishment Tea Partiers love to hate.

 


Karl Rove discusses O'Donnell on Fox News

Guests:
David Weigel, Slate.com (@daveweigel)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@AmSpec)
John Hawkins, RightWingNews.com (@johnhawkinsrwn)
Michael Crowley, Time magazine (@CrowleyTIME)

The Ruling Class

Angelo M. Codevilla

Making News Poverty Level Highest in Half Century, Census Shows 7 MIN, 24 SEC

Some 43.6 million Americans now live in poverty and the poverty rate is now 14.3% -- the highest since 1994. That's according to the Census Bureau's annual report, released today in Washington. Economist Elise Gould of the progressive Economic Policy Institute has more.

Guests:
Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute

Reporter's Notebook Conversations with Fidel 9 MIN, 7 SEC

In a recent for The Atlantic magazine, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about the prospect of war between Iran, Israel and the United States. One of his readers was Fidel Castro, who then invited Goldberg to Cuba for three days of lengthy conversations. Goldberg's posted accounts about his visit, responding to readers and to Castro himself, who took issue with how Goldberg interpreted one of Castro's remarks.

Guests:
Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View (@JeffreyGoldberg)

Prisoners

Jeffrey Goldberg

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