Hotline Sort: Rahm, Under Fire
Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Obama and Romney are pulling their negative ads for 9/11, Crossroads GPS launches a new Senate ad blitz, Jesse Jackson Jr. is back in Washington, and the pizzeria owner didn't know he'd hug the president.
11) Florida pizzeria owner/President Obama hugger Scott Van Duzer, who says it's been "pretty crazy": "I didn't know I was going to hug the guy."
10) From The New Republic: "Meet Jonathan Dine, the Libertarian Who Could Swing the McCaskill-Akin Race." The piece looks at the other candidate on the ballot in the Missouri Senate contest -- who has twice been convicted of felonies.
9) Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., campaigned for Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and said he believed the Indiana Treasurer would compromise in the Senate. But when Mourdock was asked to name a Democrat he'd compromise with, he said he's only familiar with the Democratic leadership. "And I have to tell ya," Mourdock said, "I don't see many ideas coming from their leadership that are the types of ideas we need."
8) Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., is back in Washington -- but not voting, and aides say they aren't sure when he'll return to work.
7) The Democratic nominee in Maryland's 1st District, Wendy Rosen, dropped out of the race Monday -- but the Baltimore Sun reports that it's "unclear, however, whether she could remove her name from the ballot with the election less than two months away."
6) The PAC supporting former Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee in Washington's gubernatorial race has now reserved nearly $5 million in ad time. The Republican Governor's Association is already up with an ad hitting Inslee.
5) Politico reports that Freedom PAC, the super PAC supporting Rep. Connie Mack in the Florida Senate race, is launching their first television ad -- a six-figure, two-week buy.