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2:10 PM ET, October 1, 2009

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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Carper quietly devises third option  —  Sen. Tom Carper bided his time on health care reform.  —  Rarely in the spotlight, and unfailingly restrained, the Delaware Democrat never staked out a public position on the government insurance option, solidifying his status as the model of an undecided moderate in need of persuading.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Talking Points For Obama's Political Operation Describe Public Option As “Small Part” Of Reform  —  This one is likely to irk public option fans: A new set of talking points being distributed on the state level by Obama's political operation instructs organizers to describe the public option as …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Senate: Lowden Announces Against Reid
Discussion: The Page
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
CROWDED FIELD: Lowden unveils Senate bid
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Post editors should read their own columnists  —  The Washington Post Editorial Page today lashes out at “Roman Polanski's apologists,” a group it says is “typified by the comments of Swiss filmmaker Otto Weisser, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, film and TV celebrity Whoopi Goldberg” …
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Los Angeles Times:
In Roman Polanski case, is it Hollywood vs. Middle America?  —  Reactions to the extradition of the fugitive filmmaker show a sharp divide.  —  Roman Polanski (Getty Images)  —  From Michael Moore's politics to on-screen sex and violence, the movie business is constantly being assailed for not sharing the country's values.
Rasmussen Reports:
Roman the Rapist  —  A Commentary By Susan Estrich
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Don Surber
Washington Post:
The Sordidness of Polanski's Crime Justifies U.S. Adjudication
Discussion: Don Surber, The Rhetorican and BBC
Patterico's Pontifications:   Harvey Weinstein: Hollywood Has the Best Moral Compass
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Gates Doubts U.S.'s Afghan Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with senior counselors for three hours Wednesday to launch his review of Afghan war strategy, amid indications that his defense secretary — the key link between the White House and the military — is among those undecided about the right approach.
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New York Times:
McChrystal Rejects Lower Afghan Aims  —  LONDON — The top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, rejected calls for scaling down military objectives there on Thursday and said Washington did not have unlimited time to settle on a new strategy to pursue the eight-year-old war.
Michael Yon / Washington Times:
The Greatest Afghan War  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The Greatest Afghanistan War has deteriorated so noticeably that one can now feel the enemy's growing pulse.  Each month it beats steadier, stronger, and in 2010 it will finally be born.  —  On Sept. 11 in Kandahar, a South African civilian …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi: No Grayson apology necessary  —  Nancy Pelosi is shrugging off GOP calls for a mea culpa from Alan “they want you to die quickly' Grayson.  —  “We have to have a debate that is not distracted from... Apparently Republicans are holding Democrats to a higher level than they are holding …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pawlenty preps 2012 campaign team  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been quietly assembling the blueprint of a presidential campaign and will announce Thursday the support of a group of high-level political strategists and donors, complemented by a handful of top new media consultants, POLITICO has learned.
Quinnipiac University:
Pennsylvania Senate Seesaw Tips To Toomey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama's Approval Drops Below 50 Percent  —  The seesaw 2010 Senate race in Pennsylvania tips to Republican Pat Toomey, who has 43 percent to recently converted Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter's 42 percent, too close to call …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABORTION FIELD TRIPS.... I've seen a few outlets noting Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) new attack on health care reform.  Except, it's not really “new” — it's a point some right-wing websites raised a few months ago.  Bachmann is just getting around to it now.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: Dems would allow abortions for 13-year-olds
Discussion: Wonkette
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bachmann warns of abortions at school
Discussion: TPMDC
James Pethokoukis:
Obama's not-so-secret plan to raise taxes  —  Does President Obama have a secret plan to raise taxes on middle-class Americans — and,well, pretty much everybody else — with a European-style, value-added tax?  Actually, it's not such a big secret.  Connect the dots:
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Spending Doesn't Work  —  Our new research shows no evidence of a Keynesian ‘multiplier’ effect.  There is evidence that tax cuts boost growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The global recession and financial crisis have refocused attention on government stimulus packages.
Associated Press:
FBI Ordered to Release Cheney Interview  —  Judge Says FBI Must Reveal Much of Interview Conducted During CIA Leak Investigation  —  (AP) A federal judge ruled Thursday that the FBI must publicly reveal much of its interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney during the investigation …
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Karolos Grohmann / Reuters:
Olympics-2016 Games could be the last, says Tokyo governor  —  Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara warned on Wednesday the 2016 Olympics could be the last Games, with global warming an immediate threat to mankind.  —  Tokyo is bidding to host the 2016 summer Olympics with Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid also in the running.
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Cantor: Obama's not met with GOP leaders since May  —  President Obama has cut off communication with Republican leaders, going more than four months without hosting the bipartisan congressional leadership at the White House to discuss his health care proposal, the No. 2 Republican in the House said Wednesday.
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CBS News:   Waiting for a Boring Day at the White House
Political Punch:
President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning Federal Employees from Texting While Driving  —  ABC News has learned that President Obama signed an executive order last night banning federal employees from text-messaging while on government business, driving government vehicles or using government equipment.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Republicans' Independent Gains?  —  President Obama's strength among independent voters has waned since the 2008 election with more and more unaffiliated voters now identifying with Republicans, according to new data from Gallup.  —  For the first time in more than four years of Gallup polls …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politics Daily
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE TAKES THE PRIZE  —  White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee took home the top prize in the 16th annual “D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity” contest on Wednesday evening, and he did so in a very unconventional way.  Instead of adopting a traditional comedic routine of joke buildup and punchline …
Discussion: The Swamp and Swampland
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Delaware Senate  —  2010 Delaware Senate: Castle 47%, Biden 42%  —  The 2010 U.S. Senate race in Delaware is all about the candidates who haven't decided whether to run yet.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey in the state finds that longtime Republican …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Comcast in Talks to Buy NBC-Universal from General Electric (updated)  —  Deal was negotiated at a meeting among bankers in New York on Tuesday.  Comcast denies a deal is done, but does not deny talks  —  Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment …
 
 
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Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers
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