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O'Donnell's Chinese secrets; DeMint's Shariah law

Manchurian candidate? The Associated Press unearthed a 2006 Senate primary debate in which the inimitable Christine O'Donnell, Delaware's GOP Senate nominee, said that China has a "plan to take over America." Quoth O'Donnell: "I wish I wasn't privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to." O'Donnell doesn't have security clearance from the U.S. government, so is she working for Beijing?

In other O'Donnell developments, our friend Mark Leibovich at the New York Times blew the lid off of the O'Donnell-as-Bozo-the-Clown scandal. O'Donnell's brother, Daniel, told Leibovich that their father, also Daniel, "was Philly's Bozo for a time." Acting on a reader tip, Leibovich followed up and got the elder O'Donnell to admit that he was merely a "fill-in Bozo" and not, in fact, Philly's regular Bozo.

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Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told a Spartanburg audience that he stands by his claim that gay men, lesbians, and sexually-active, unmarried women should not be allowed to be teachers. "Politics," he said, "only works when we're realigned with our Savior."

In what is possibly a related development, Nevada's Republican Senate candidate, Sharron Angle, complained about encroaching Sharia law in America, saying "there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States."

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The liberal "One Nation" rally at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend was a bust. So, instead of posting a photo of the sparsely attended event, the group used a photo of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington nearly half a century ago. "Thank you. Share your 10-2-10 photos and stories," it said over the old black-and-white photo.

By Dana Milbank  | October 4, 2010; 9:20 PM ET
 
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