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3:15 PM ET, October 30, 2009

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Washington Post:
Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry  —  House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Seven members of House defense subcommittee scrutinized by ethics investigators  —  Separate probes focus on ties to lobbying firm founded by Hill aide  —  Nearly half the members of a powerful House subcommittee in control of Pentagon spending are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
White House: 650,000 jobs saved, created by stimulus  —  Reports to be released Friday on the government Web site Recovery.gov are expected to show that the $150 billion in grants and loans made so far under the economic stimulus package have created or saved about 650,000 jobs, White House officials said Friday morning.
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Political Punch:
Obama Administration: Stimulus Directly Saved or Created Roughly 650,000 Jobs
Discussion: Hot Air, FITSNews and Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010  —  Subway Series: Former Dem Veep Candidate Plans to Campaign for GOP  —  Sounding more like an independent than a Democrat, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., tells ABC News he will campaign for some Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections …
Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Deal Reached in Honduras to Restore Ousted President  —  MEXICO CITY — A lingering political crisis in Honduras seemed to be nearing an end on Friday after the de facto government agreed to a deal that would allow Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, to return to office.
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
A Diplomatic Coup for the Obama Team.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Commentary
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Defining Moment  —  O.K., folks, this is it.  It's the defining moment for health care reform.  —  Past efforts to give Americans what citizens of every other advanced nation already have — guaranteed access to essential care — have ended not with a bang, but with a whimper …
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Political Punch:
ABC News Poll: More Americans Prefer Public Option to Bipartisan Bill  —  In our most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll respondents were asked:  —  “Which of these would you prefer - (a plan that includes some form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can't get affordable …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Opt-out divides Schumer and Emanuel
Discussion: The Page and Mouth of the Potomac
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
Toward a General Theory of Democratic Disgruntlement, Part 2  —  Yesterday, I raised the question of why Democrats approve of the current Democratic-controlled Congress at lower rates than Republicans did when they controlled the Congress.  This asymmetry, particularly in the short term …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did White House pressure NYT into changing Dover story?  —  Originally, the New York Times reported on President Barack Obama's visit to Dover AFB and the arrival of fallen serviceman by explaining that the White House wanted Obama to be seen as concerned and aware of the sacrifices made in America's war policies:
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Pat Robertson on hate crimes bill: ‘The noose has tightened around the necks of Christians.’  —  Yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network, televangelist Pat Robertson aired a segment slamming President Obama for signing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Shakesville
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Miller: No amendments likely as healthcare bill moves forward  —  A House Democratic leader strongly hinted Friday that amendments won't be allowed on the healthcare bill.  —  Hispanic members, abortion opponents, supporters of “single-payer” healthcare and liberal members are all clamoring …
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Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
The White House Stupidly Goes To War With Car Web Site Edmunds.com  —  It is an odd, and we'd say regrettable, pattern of this White House that it lets itself get dragged down into fights with specific media outlets.  —  George W. Bush experienced acrimony with the New York Times …
Michael W. McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
The Pay Czar Is Unconstitutional  —  Kenneth Feinberg hasn't been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last week's announcement that “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg slashed compensation for executives at seven large financial firms by an average of 50% stunned Wall Street …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on Obama's Afghanistan ‘drift’  —  Old Soviet joke:  —  Moscow, 1953.  Stalin calls in Khrushchev.  —  “Niki, I'm dying.  Don't have much to leave you.  Just three envelopes.  Open them, one at a time, when you get into big trouble.”  —  A few years later, first crisis.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Tenacity Question  —  Today, President Obama will lead another meeting to debate strategy in Afghanistan.  He will presumably discuss the questions that have divided his advisers: How many troops to commit?  How to define plausible goals?  Should troops be deployed broadly or just in the cities and towns?
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb Bush: Obama trying to ‘attack capitalism’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Since his brother left office in January, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been mostly diplomatic when discussing the Obama administration.  —  On Wednesday, he took a sharper tone.  —  During remarks to a U.S. Chamber …
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Fox News Poll: Most Blame Bush for Economy  —  Here's a somewhat surprising result from the new Fox News poll.  Asked which president is “more responsible for the current state of the economy,” only 18 percent say President Obama.  Fifty-eight percent say former President George W. Bush.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Wall Street Journal:
We're Governed by Callous Children  —  Americans feel increasingly disheartened, and our leaders don't even notice.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The new economic statistics put growth at a healthy 3.5% for the third quarter.  We should be dancing in the streets.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Chris Christie: Man, am I fat  —  I couldn't agree more with Cavuto: This is a brilliant piece of retail politics, turning Corzine's lame digs at his weight into a high-profile opportunity to charm voters.  The tone is exactly right and the jokes are actually funny, and he makes sure …
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Brutal ruling quashes birthers' suit  —  A federal judge in California has issued a brutal ruling dismissing a closely-watched “birthers'” lawsuit challenging President's Barack Obama's qualifications to be president.  —  In a 30-page ruling issued Thursday morning, Judge David Carter used …
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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CNN:
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  Interview with Tom Ricks; Hostages Plea …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
GOP plan boycott of Boxer markup
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Running?  Really?  —  As you see, the news today is that Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
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Associated Press:
Clinton Faces Pakistani Anger at Drone Attacks
Discussion: The New Republic
John M. Annese / Staten Island Advance:
New Brighton wife tried to kill husband over Muslim principles, cops allege
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
CBO: Public option premiums higher than private plans
Discussion: Ezra Klein, New York Times and QandO
Mallory Simon / CNN:
They make their mark in mug shot history
Discussion: Telegraph