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11:40 AM ET, September 29, 2009

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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Abortion Fight Complicates Debate on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — As if it were not complicated enough, the debate over health care in Congress is becoming a battlefield in the fight over abortion.  —  Abortion opponents in both the House and the Senate are seeking to block the millions …
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The Politico:
Public option may have new life  —  The public option limped out of August, battered and left to die in the Senate.  —  But its supporters are working hard this week to bring it back, against the odds, with a series of high-profile votes in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
More Americans Believe In UFOs Than Oppose A Public Option
Discussion: The Politico and NOW! Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Schumer reshapes odds for public plan
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
W.H. vies to shape the Senate
Discussion: The Caucus, The Hill and MyDD
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Hollywood Unites to Defend Polanski  —  Pleading guilty to unlawful sex with an underage girl — the drugging, raping and sodomizing of a 13 year-old — isn't stopping Hollywood from ginning up an indignation campaign over the possibility of fugitive director Roman Polanski being held accountable for his crimes.
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Anne Applebaum: I Had Absolutely No Way to Know That My Husband Was Helping Polanski — That Is, Other Than by Reading a Story Which I Myself Linked  —  As I mentioned earlier this evening, Anne Applebaum today defended her decision not to disclose her Polish politician husband's official efforts …
David Gibson / Politics Daily:
Roman Polanski: What if He Were ‘Father Polanski’?
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court's New Season  —  Justices Face an Unusually Diverse Caseload; Some Legal Observers Expect the Conservative Bloc to Overrule Past Opinions  —  Questions before the Supreme Court, which begins its new term Monday, include corporate political spending, dog-fighting videos …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court to Consider Church-State Implications of Mojave Cross
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Case of the Plummeting Supreme Court Docket
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and ACS Blog
Benjamin Wittes / Washington Post:   Obama Retreats on Creating a Better System for Detaining Suspected Terrorists
Telegraph:
Andy Williams accuses Barack Obama of following Marxist theory  —  Andy Williams, the veteran pop singer, has accused Barack Obama of “following Marxist theory” and “wanting the country to fail”.  —  Williams, a lifelong Republican whose hits include Moon River and Music To Watch Girls By …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Palin finishes memoir, ‘Going Rogue,’ out Nov. 17  —  NEW YORK — Sarah Palin (PAY'-lin) has finished her memoir just four months after the book deal was announced.  Her publisher says the release date has been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17.  —  Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham …
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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
What They're Telling Us — By: Mark Steyn  —  This piece by Lloyd Marcus, a black conservative, is called “Stop Allowing the Left to Set The Rules,” and deals with the alleged racism of the anti-Obama opposition.  As Mr. Marcus notes: … True.  Nobody minds liberal commentators expressing …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Time for Obama to Act Like a President  —  Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States.  As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is.
Wall Street Journal:
French Atomic Pique  —  Sarkozy unloads on Obama's ‘virtual’ disarmament reality.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama wants a unified front against Iran, and to that end he stood together with Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown in Pittsburgh on Friday morning to reveal the news …
Washington Post:
Start making your case.  —  Use the entry form to send us a short opinion essay (400 words or less) pegged to a topic in the news and an additional paragraph (100 words or less) on yourself and why you should win.  Entries will be judged on the basis of style, intelligence and freshness of argument …
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Porn surfing rampant at U.S. science foundation  —  Number of cases overwhelms watchdog, costs taxpayers  —  Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Right-wing icon Schlafly: Feminism is ‘the most dangerous, destructive force in our society today.’  —  Phyllis Schlafly, the anti-Equal Rights Amendment activist who heads the Eagle Forum, hosted the right-wing conference How To Take Back America last weekend.
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
In Bad Times for Capitalism, Socialists in Europe Suffer  —  PARIS — A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of Socialism's slow collapse.  —  Even in the midst of one of the greatest challenges to capitalism in 75 years, involving a breakdown of the financial system due to …
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Nelson wants health reform in 2 parts  —  SCOTTSBLUFF - Sen. Ben Nelson said Monday he'd prefer a health care reform package that centers on cost savings this year, leaving extended insurance coverage for a later date.  —  Such a scenario would give 2010 voters an opportunity to weigh in on …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner on National Review Online:
Patrick Gaspard, ACORN, and Obama — By: Stanley Kurtz  —  With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant.
NY Daily News:
Former Bill Clinton aide claims ex-president got touchy-feely with her  —  A book due out in January by Stacy Parker Aab alleges Steven Spielberg's wife greeted then-President Clinton in a bathing suit.  Above, Clinton gives a speech on energy efficiency.  —  Monica Lewinsky may not always …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Philip K. Howard / Wall Street Journal:
Why Medical Malpractice Is Off Limits  —  A few thousand trial lawyers have a lock on Democrats, who refuse to consider any legal reform.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Eliminating defensive medicine could save upwards of $200 billion in health-care costs annually, according to estimates …
Discussion: YID With LID and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Ed Henry / CNN:
First lady says ‘gloves are off’ in bid for Olympics
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
GOP extends its target list for Nov. 2010
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Rich Senator, ‘Poor’ Senator
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Video: Hey, who's up for another clip of kids chanting about Obama?
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Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
U.S. Says Taliban Has A New Haven in Pakistan
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