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7:05 PM ET, October 30, 2009

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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.
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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:
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   TPM gets in the pool
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Lieberman In '94: The Filibuster “Ails Washington” And Should Be Eliminated  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senator Joseph Lieberman's (I-Conn) threat to filibuster health care legislation that includes a public option for insurance coverage has sent minor shock-waves throughout Washington.
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
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Reports of a Deal in Honduras Are Premature
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PEACEFUL RESOLUTION IN HONDURAS.... Matt Yglesias noted earlier …
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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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 …
Discussion: American Power
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 …
Discussion: Left in the West and Taylor Marsh
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Bill Hennessy / Big Government:
New York 23: When a Nation Calls
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 and RedState
John / Power Line:
Do They Need the Public Option?  —  Much discussion of the House Democrats' health care bill has focused on its inclusion of the “public option,” which most observers see as a Trojan Horse intended to serve, ultimately, as the vehicle for socialized medicine as private insurers are driven from the market …
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
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Political Punch:
ABC News Poll: More Americans Prefer Public Option to Bipartisan Bill
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Plum Line
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: Shakesville and Online NewsHour
CREW:
CREW LAWSUIT RESULTS IN RELEASE OF NOTES OF CHENEY'S FBI INTERVIEW IN WILSON LEAK CASE  —  30 Oct 2009 // Washington, D.C. - Today, after successfully winning a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, under court order, CREW received documents related to former Vice President Dick Cheney's interview …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Biden campaigning for Owens in NY 23  —  The White House is sending Vice President Joe Biden to upstate New York to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens in a last-minute push to help Democrats pick up the longtime Republican House seat.  —  The Biden rally will be taking place next Monday morning in Watertown.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
What the NY-23 Special Election Is Really About  —  In the span of a few short weeks, the special election in New York's 23rd congressional District has become the one result that the savviest church members are polishing off our sharpest metaphors for.  —  But what would a victory by the Democrat …
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Stimulus creates 650,000 jobs  —  White House releases first broad look at stimulus-funded employment, focusing on $150 billion in spending.  —  WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) — The largest stimulus program in the nation's history has created or saved at least 650,000 state and local jobs …
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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 …
New Jersey Business News:
Stockton poll gives Corzine a razor-thin edge over Christie  —  A new poll finds incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine leading Republican challenger Chris Christie by 1 percentage point — 40 percent to 39 percent — heading into Tuesday's general election.
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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 …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Daily Show Heckled, Attacked For Airing Interview With Leader Of Palestinian Nonviolent Democratic Movement  —  This past Wednesday, The Daily Show aired an interview with Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American peace activist and author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Raw Story
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
Sean D. Naylor / Army Times:
Allies turn Afghan insurgents into partners  —  ISAF seeks to reintegrate insurgents back into society  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A new initiative to persuade low- and mid-level Afghan insurgents to lay down their weapons and rejoin society is already bearing fruit and holds great promise for the future …
Yossi Klein Halevi / Wall Street Journal:
The Return of Israel's Existential Dread  —  In tabloid cartoons and dinner conversations, Israelis brace themselves for war with Iran.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Jerusalem  —  The postcard from the Home Front Command that recently arrived in my mailbox looks like an ad from the Ministry of Tourism.
 
 
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Chris Edwards / Cato @ Liberty:
The Death of Private Investment
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Ali A. Akbar / Campaign Trail:
NRCC Pulling Out of NY-23?
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why do other countries care more about health care cost control?
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
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NY-23 Across America
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Good News: Federal Judge Cuts Convicted al Qaeda Ops Sentence …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Miller: No amendments likely as healthcare reform bill moves forward
Isabel Macdonald / The Huffington Post:
NJ Law Enforcement Appear to Contradict Dobbs' Version of Gunfire Incident
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Running?  Really?  —  As you see, the news today is that Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb Bush: Obama trying to ‘attack capitalism’
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress