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6:05 PM ET, September 24, 2009


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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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi shoots down public option ‘trigger’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday shot down a healthcare compromise that has been viewed as the best chance for getting a bipartisan bill through the Senate.  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected the idea of a “trigger” for a public option.
The Huffington Post:
Dog Fight: Dueling Whip Counts Hold Fate Of Public Option  —  The Blue Dog Coalition is engaged in a member-to-member whip operation in the House, beginning with a survey of its 52 lawmakers, to find out where they stand on critical health care issues.  The principal focus is the public insurance option …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top House Liberal: We've Still Got Strong Bloc Of Votes Against …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi commits to 72-hour wait before health vote
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Doug Wilder whacks Deeds  —  Former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder announced Thursday that he will not be endorsing a candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race, while mounting some sharp criticism at Democrat Creigh Deeds over his stance on taxes and guns.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Despite pressure from Obama, Wilder won't back Deeds
Discussion: National Review Online and TPMDC
L. Douglas Wilder / Virginia Tomorrow:
Statement on the 2009 Governor's Race
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.
The Note:
Finance Fireworks - Cutting Benefits vs. a Govt. Takeover  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Tempers flared this morning as the Senate Finance Committee continues to slog through its mark up of a sweeping health care reform bill.  —  Sen. Max Baucus, who chairs the Finance Committee …
Ezra Klein:
Republicans for Waste and Abuse in Medicare
Wall Street Journal:
Medicare and Gag Orders
Discussion: Reason
Boston Globe:
Kirk named to fill Kennedy seat  —  By Matt Viser, Frank Phillips, and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff  —  Governor Deval Patrick today named Paul G. Kirk Jr. to serve as interim US senator, making the announcement in the presence of the immediate family of the late Edward M. Kennedy.
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber, Politics Daily and Wonkette
Marist Poll:
9/24: NY Voters to Obama, “Mind Your Business”  —  The White House is urging Governor David Paterson not to run for office next year, but what do New York State voters think?  62% say the Obama Administration is wrong to suggest the governor should not run while 27% think Washington is well within its rights to get involved.
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Rove: Conservatives need ‘Obamacare’ alternative
Discussion: The Page
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Victory on preventive detention law: in context  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  When Barack Obama gave his “civil liberties” speech at the National Archives in May, he advocated a new scheme of preventive detention for detainees whom he claimed “cannot be prosecuted yet who pose …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
“What a Disgrace”  —  Bibi kills at the UN.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Commentary
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:
Bush Officials Objected To Awarding Medal To J.K. Rowling Because Harry Potter Books Promote Witchcraft  —  The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civil award, and is given to individuals who have contributed to: 1) the security or national interests of the United States …
Rich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online:
Palin's Hong Kong Speech — By: Rich Lowry  —  The first thing we can say about Sarah Palin's speech is that it is exactly the kind of address she should be giving.  It's plain-spoken and not exactly ground-breaking, but it's substantive and the kind of thing that is absolutely essential to adding some heft to her political portfolio.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin breaks with McCain on F-22 cuts
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 …
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: On Deadline and Jules Crittenden
New York Times:
New York Police Official in Terror Unit Is Removed  —  The New York Police Department has removed a senior official from one of its two sometimes competing antiterrorism units, after it played a role in disrupting a sensitive federal terrorism investigation, current and former police officials said on Wednesday.
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 …
David Rogers / The Politico:
A $4 billion bailout for the Postal Service?  —  Without some intervention by Congress, Medicare is slated to announce next month increased Part B premiums, which are typically deducted from a retiree's Social Security check to help pay for physician services.
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.
Discussion: The American Scene and Salon
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SEIU's Burger takes pragmatic stance
The Note:
“Top Line” — Weiner on Bloomberg: ‘I Would Have Beaten Him Like a Rented Mule’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and City Room
Netanyahu slams UN, challenges it to confront Iran
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and FP Passport
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 tanker award will be ‘transparent’
Discussion: The Politico
Democracy Corps:
New Jersey Governor Race Now a Tie
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Mass. GOP files injunction to stop appointment
Discussion: TPMDC
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Barbara Barrett / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
ACORN scandal taking toll on group's N. Carolina office
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:
Wisdom of taxing rich questioned
Ben Johnson / NewsReal Blog:
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