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9:55 PM ET, September 24, 2009


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The Huffington Post:
Blue Dog Opposition To Public Option Fades In Whip Count  —  Blocking a public health insurance option is a relatively low priority for conservative Blue Dog Democrats, according to an ongoing survey of its members.  The fading House opposition could clear the way for the public option to move through the chamber.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Dem campaign anxiety: Vulnerables say they lack cover from Pelosi  —  Politically vulnerable Democrats say Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders aren't offering them the protection from tough votes that they did in the last Congress.  —  Conservative Democrats fear that dozens …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi commits to 72-hour wait before health vote
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: A Public Option “Trigger” Is “An Excuse For Not Doing Anything”
Discussion: TPMDC and Taylor Marsh
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top House Liberal: We've Still Got Strong Bloc Of Votes Against …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TPMDC
Political Punch:
Yosi Sergant Resigns  —  ABC News' Yunji de Nies Reports:  —  Embattled former National Endowment for the Arts communications director Yosi Sergant is out of a job.  Late this afternoon, the NEA released a short statement saying, “This afternoon Yosi Sergant submitted his resignation from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NEA communications director resigns  —  The National Endowment for the Arts said Thursday that its communications director, Yosi Sergant, has resigned.  —  “This afternoon Yosi Sergant submitted his resignation from the National Endowment for the Arts.  His resignation has been accepted …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Exclusive: Poll shows Deeds within 4  —  Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia, has pulled to within four percentage points of Republican Bob McDonnell, according to a new InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll out Thursday.  —  The poll, conducted Wednesday evening …
Dallas Morning News:
Man arrested in alleged attempt to bomb Dallas skyscraper  —  Staff reports  —  Federal authorities arrested a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen whom they said placed an inactive car bomb today at Fountain Place, a 60-story skyscraper in downtown Dallas.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Dinah Lord
Man arrested in alleged attempt to bomb Dallas skyscraper
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
GOP files suit to block Kirk  —  After failing in their bid to stop the Massachusetts legislature from giving Democratic Governor Deval Patrick the power to fill a United States Senate vacancy, Republicans are going to court on Friday to try to prevent the governor's interim pick from taking office.
Christopher Rhoads / Wall Street Journal:
Netanyahu Blasts Ahmadinejad at U.N.  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a blistering attack on the floor of the United Nations Thursday on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying the hearing granted the Iranian president the night before amounted to a “disgrace of the U.N. charter.”
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
“What a Disgrace”  —  Bibi kills at the UN.
Michael Ledeen / The Corner on National Review Online:
Is Obama Naïve?  — By: Michael Ledeen  —  I don't think so.  I think that he rather likes tyrants and dislikes America.  I think he'd like to be more powerful, I think he is trying to get control over as much of our lives as he can, so that he can put an end to the annoying tumult of our public life.
Michelle Malkin:
“Mmm mmm mmm:” New details about the Dear Leader song video; Update: School responds  —  Scroll for updates...  Photoshop: Leo Alberti  —  In case you were wondering which school taught kids that “Barack Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm” rap that I posted yesterday afternoon, here are some new details.
Frances Robles /
They're torturing me, Honduras' Manuel Zelaya claims  —  Honduras' fallen leader told The Miami Herald he is being subjected to mind-altering gas and radiation — and that ‘Israeli mercenaries’ are planning to assassinate him.  —  FROBLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  TEGUCIGALPA — It's been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power.
Rod Boyce / • Fairbanks, Alaska:
An apology to Sarah Palin  —  The Daily News-Miner has had its agreements and disagreements with now-former Gov. Sarah Palin at various points during her time serving the state of Alaska.  We have tried to maintain respect for the office of governor and to be generally civil when discussing Mrs. Palin …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Environmentalists Seek to Wipe Out Plush Toilet Paper  —  Soft Toilet Paper's Hard on the Earth, But Will We Sit for the Alternative?  —  By David A. Fahrenthold, Page A01  —  ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — There is a battle for America's behinds.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONRAD'S MESSAGE TO THE LEFT.... Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), the Senate Budget Committee chairman and a member of the unsuccessful Gang of Six effort, raised a few eyebrows this week with a message for his “progressive friends.”  —  Conrad, a consistent opponent of the public option …
Ezra Klein:
Why France's Health Care Is So Good, The Public Option So Bad …
Discussion: TalkLeft and D-Day
Megan Fox / New York Post:
Prez comes across as a gullible sap  —  President Obama yesterday did his best impression of a high-school soph omore participating in his first Model UN meeting, retailing pious clichés he learned from his pony-tailed social studies teacher.  —  Even Woodrow Wilson might have blanched …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Census Worker Found Dead In Kentucky — What Do We Know?  —  Over the last 24 hours, we've been tracking a gruesome story developing involving the death of a Kentucky Census Bureau worker.  The potential political implications of what happened are already generating a lot of attention around the internet …
New York Times:
Public Wary of Obama on War and Health Care, Poll Finds  —  President Obama is confronting declining support for his handling of the war in Afghanistan and an electorate confused and anxious about the proposed health care overhaul as he prepares for pivotal battles over both issues, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Andrew McIntosh / Sacramento Bee:
Meg Whitman's voting record short, sparse  —  Almost 9 million Californians cast ballots in the 2003 special election that swept movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger into the Governor's Office.  —  Meg Whitman wasn't among them.  —  The billionaire businesswoman now running for governor herself …
Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found … The UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire.  —  Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date to the 7th Century, is unparalleled in size and worth “a seven figure sum”.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and On Deadline
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 2012 foes  —  If Barack Obama had to stand for reelection today he'd win by as much as he did last year, if not more.  —  He leads Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Sarah Palin by anywhere from 7-15 points in hypothetical 2012 contests.  —  Huckabee comes the closest, trailing Obama 48-41.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
After being chastized by Cantor's ‘PR flack,’ Ed Schultz challenges the congressman to a one-hour debate.  —  At a forum this past Monday, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) fielded questions from his constituents about health care reform.  As ThinkProgress first reported, Cantor told a woman whose relative …
Ben Johnson / NewsReal Blog:
MSNBC Commentator: Republicans “Want to See You Dead...They Kinda …
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
2010 State Business Tax Climate Index  —  The Tax Foundation has published its 2010 State Business Tax Climate Index, which ranks the fifty states according to five indices: corporate tax, individual income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax, and property tax.
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Michael Silverstein / The Moderate Voice:
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Beware the Stalin in progressive hearts
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reason
The Beauty Parlor Bomb Plan; Massive Terror Plot Alleged
Discussion: Dinah Lord and Jihad Watch
Alexandra Frean / Times of London:
Police fire tear gas at G20 protesters
Discussion: Moe Lane
The Note:
“Top Line” — Weiner on Bloomberg: ‘I Would Have Beaten Him Like a Rented Mule’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and City Room
Greg Sheridan / Real Clear Politics:
Lots of People Love Obama, But Does Anyone in the World Really Fear Him?
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Pentagon promises $35 billion tanker award will be ‘transparent’
Discussion: The Politico
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A $4 billion bailout for the Postal Service?
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Bush Officials Objected To Awarding Medal To J.K. Rowling …
Democracy Corps:
New Jersey Governor Race Now a Tie