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3:45 AM ET, October 31, 2009

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Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Transparency like you've never seen before  —  Today marks a major milestone in government transparency — and an important lesson in the unintended consequences of such vigorous disclosure.  —  We previously announced that the White House in December of this year would …
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Norm Eisen / The White House:
Visitor Records  —  As part of President Obama's commitment to government transparency, we are providing records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis online.  In December 2009, we will begin posting all White House visitor records for the period from September 15th onwards under the terms of our new voluntary disclosure policy.
Think Progress:
Right Wing Falsely Asserts Right Wing Boogeymen Bill Ayers And Jeremiah Wright Visited The White House  —  Early this evening, the White House voluntarily released nearly 500 visitor records of “individuals visiting the executive mansion between Inauguration Day and the end of July.”
The Hill:
White House visitor records show CEOs, celebs, familiar names  —  The White House late Friday afternoon released 500 records of visitors and hailed the move as a historic moment in transparency.  —  The 500 visitors reflect 110 disclosure requests processed by the administration …
Discussion: The Politico
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner on National Review Online:
A Tip On Using the White House Visitor Logs, Just Posted — By: Stephen Spruiell
Discussion: American Power and TPMDC
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
TPM gets in the pool
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Linda Rogers / L.A. NOW:
Gavin Newsom quits race for California governor  —  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who has been seen as a leading contender to be the next governor of California, announced today that he is quitting the race.  —  Newsom is withdrawing from the Democratic primary amid lackluster poll numbers and meager fund-raising receipts.
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom pulls out of governor's race  —  (10-30) 15:49 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Lacking both money and political momentum, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom withdrew from the California governor's race today.  —  “With a young family and responsibilities at City Hall, I have found it impossible …
Los Angeles Times:
Gavin Newsom drops out of California governor's race  —  The San Francisco mayor makes the decision amid lackluster poll numbers and meager fund-raising receipts.  Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, expected to run, is left with little Democratic primary opposition.  —  Gavin Newsom repeatedly told …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newsom drops out of Cali. gov race
Discussion: Swing State Project
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele: Hoffman win is a GOP win  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that a victory by Doug Hoffman, the third-party candidate in the Nov. 3 New York special election, is a win for the GOP.  —  The actual Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, trails Hoffman …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
What the NY-23 Special Election Is Really About
Discussion: American Power
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:   Biden to NY 23  —  Josh Kraushaar and I report:
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Pelosi Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers  —  The health care bill recently unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is over 1,900 pages for a reason.  It is much easier to dispense goodies to favored interest groups if they are surrounded by a lot of legislative legalese.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Michelle Bachman on Pelosi Health Care Bill: “This Is the Crown Jewel …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   A Gift for the Lawyers  —  A friend points out a little nugget …
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Nick Baumann / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
22 Things Dick Cheney Can't Recall About the Plame Case
Discussion: Emptywheel
Political Punch:
$160,000 Per Stimulus Job?  White House Calls That ‘Calculator Abuse’  —  Posting its results late this afternoon at Recovery.gov, the White House claimed 640,329 jobs have been created or saved because of the $159 billion in stimulus funds allocated as of Sept. 30.
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
MSNBC Airs Uncensored Breast Self-Exam  —  This reminds me when Fox News plays a constant b-roll of girls in bikinis during, say, Spring Break while proclaiming, “Ohhhh, isn't that terrible!  That's so inappropriate!”  —  MSNBC's Dr. Nancy — who's show gets terrible ratings …
Adam Kirsch / New York Times:
Ayn Rand's Revenge  —  A specter is haunting the Republican Party — the specter of John Galt.  In Ayn Rand's libertarian epic “Atlas Shrugged,” Galt, an inventor disgusted by creeping American collectivism, leads the country's capitalists on a retributive strike.
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010
La Gringa / La Gringa's Blogicito:
Guaymuras Accord tonight?  —  Honduran President Roberto Micheletti  —  President Roberto Micheletti made an announcement at 10 pm.  He has agreed to Zelaya's demand that the National Congress decide the issue of Zelaya's restitution, but that that decision must be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
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Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Reports of a Deal in Honduras Are Premature
Discussion: Financial Times
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Attention Bush Apologists: Reagan Greeted Fallen Americans at an Air Force Base, Idiots  —  It appears my post yesterday got the teabaggers all riled up.  —  Apparently, their position is that George W. Bush's refusal to honor fallen Americans as they return to this country for the last time …
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Fox News:
Gore Vidal: Thirteen-year-old Roman Polanski rape victim was a ‘hooker’  —  Author Gore Vidal says he refuses to feel any sympathy for Roman Polanski's rape victim, whom he dubs a “hooker.”  —  In an interview with The Atlantic, the controversial 83-year-old author of such books as …
Discussion: Shakesville, The Reaction and RedState
CNN:
Source: Afghan election talks break down  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his election opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, have broken down, a Western source close to the Afghan leadership told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
ACORN video creates new conservative star  —  Breitbart wins following Web sites provide outlet to the right  —  Andrew Breitbart blew into Washington recently for what amounted to a victory lap.  —  The Internet entrepreneur spent last week soaking up accolades from conservatives …
Bill Hennessy / Big Government:
New York 23: When a Nation Calls  —  The Tea Party movement has been quiet since the September 12 massive rallies in Washington, Quincy, Dallas, and elsewhere.  Paul Krugman was so bold as to write on October 26, “the tea baggers have come and gone.”  On the same day, CBS News blogger Charles …
 
 
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Read It Here First  —  The Bottom Line has obtained a copy …
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Chirac Ordered to Face Trial in France
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Deal in Senate on Protecting News Sources
Discussion: The Caucus and MoJo Blog Posts
The Note:
Pelosi on Awkward Moment with Reid: It's Not Him — It's Afghanistan
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Here's The Lowdown: Are The Affordability Credits in The Reform Bill Affordable?
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The Huffington Post:
Brian Williams From Afghanistan: How Kabul Changed Overnight …
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Daily Show Heckled, Attacked For Airing Interview With Leader …
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