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1:15 AM ET, September 30, 2009


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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Moore: ‘We will work against you’  —  Controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Tuesday issued a warning to Democrats who have been cool to President Barack Obama's call for meaningful health care reform: Get on board or prepare to lose your seat.  —  “To the Democrats in Congress …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Harkin says he has the votes to pass public option bill in the Senate  —  The Senate has the votes to pass a healthcare reform bill including a public option, a key Senate chairman said Tuesday.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa.), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
What Rockefeller Understands  —  Over the last few weeks Jay Rockefeller has emerged as the Senate's most visible spokesman for a public insurance option.  And, purely from a public relations standpoint, this is something of a mixed blessing.  He comes from West Virginia and is pretty popular there …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Bill Nelson, Tom Carper Support Schumer “Level Playing Field” Public Option
Discussion: NOW! Blog
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Growing Momentum for Public Option
Josh Grossberg / E! Online:
Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese: Free Roman Polanski!  —  Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen want Roman Polanski back on the streets.  Jewel, not so much...  The two Oscar winners, along with Pedro Almodóvar, John Landis, Jonathan Demme, David Lynch and more than 100 filmmakers …
Christian Toto / Big Hollywood:
HuffPo Goes All In to Defend Polanski, Readers Revolt  —  The Huffington Post has made it crystal clear where it stands on the news that director Roman Polanski may have to answer for his 31-year-old crime of child rape: “Move on, everyone.  Nothing to see here.  Keep on directing, Roman.  Love ya!”
Wim Wenders / Guardian:
Release Polanski, demands petition by film industry luminaries  —  Woody Allen, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese add their names to a petition urging the immediate release of the director from detention in Zurich  —  Woody Allen, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese today added their names …
John L. Perry /
Obama Risks a Domestic Military ‘Intervention’  —  There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.”  Don't dismiss it as unrealistic.  —  America isn't the Third World.  If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Sarah Palin, a Soon-to-Be Publishing Phenom  —  Barracuda goes rogue.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Sarah Palin may no longer be governor of Alaska, but she's certainly destined to become a best-selling author.  HarperCollins, her publisher, has announced the print-run of her memoir …
Discussion: Don Surber and Reason
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arkansas Senate Race  —  Another Democratic senator may be at-risk in 2010.  Arkansas' Blanche Lambert Lincoln trails all four of her leading Republican challengers in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey in the state.  —  Lincoln fails to get 50% of the vote …
Rasmussen Reports:
61% of Arizona Republicans Say McCain Out of Touch With Party Base
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   Poll: Blanche Lincoln Trails Republican Challengers
Washington Examiner:
Bill  —  I can think of nothing more disturbing than the use of fallen soldiers as political fodder.  Shame on you, you political hacks.  May God forgive you.  —  So the Pres doesn't have time to discuss the General's troop request, but has time to continue pushing Heathcare reform 60% …
Ed Henry / CNN:
First lady says ‘gloves are off’ in bid for Olympics  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama vowed Monday to “take no prisoners” as she and her husband launch an unprecedented bid for Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid.  —  “It's a battle — we're going to win — take no prisoners,” …
Matthew Vadum / AmSpecBlog:
The Politico Gets Played By ACORN  —  One thing that journalists don't seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement …
Mike Roman / Big Government:
Massive Voter Fraud in NY Linked to ACORN
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Panel Agrees Obama Is The ‘First Muslim American President’  —  At the How to Take Back America conference last weekend, attended by several Republican lawmakers, former Reagan official and prominent neoconservative Frank Gaffney, right-wing historian Bill Federer …
Jacques Steinberg / The Choice:
At Tufts, an Attempt to Prohibit Sex When a Roommate Is in the Room  —  College roommates have been known to use neckties and socks, among other items that can be wrapped around a dorm-room door knob, to warn off a roommate from inadvertently walking in on a sexual encounter.
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Breaking: Appellate court dismisses Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS; Rather vows to appeal [updated]  —  More than two years after Dan Rather filed a $70-million lawsuit against CBS for breach of contract and fraud, a New York Supreme Court appellate division has tossed out his claim.
Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
Berkeley may sign onto U.N. treaties  —  Berkeley would become the first city in the United States to independently try to comply with U.N. treaties on torture, civil rights and racial discrimination, if the City Council passes a measure on the issue tonight.
Chris Herring / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Donor Gets 24-Year Term  —  NEW YORK — A federal judge Tuesday sentenced Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu to more than 24 years in prison for illegally funneling money to U.S. political candidates and for defrauding investors in a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Generals: Cheneys scaremongering  —  About a dozen retired generals and admirals, trying to add momentum to President Barack Obama's effort to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison, are accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz of scaremongering about the dangers of closing it.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Grayson: GOP wants ‘you to die’  —  Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., warned Americans that “Republicans want you to die quickly” during an after-hours House floor speech Tuesday night.  —  His remarks, which drew angry and immediate calls for an apology from Republicans, were highlighted by a sign reading …
Discussion: Hot Air
The Huffington Post:
GOP Rep. Trent Franks Calls Obama “An Enemy Of Humanity”  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A Republican member of the House of Representatives accused President Barack Obama of being “an enemy of humanity” during a conservative values forum this past weekend.  —  In a speech Saturday …
Wall Street Journal:
The Neocons Make a Comeback  —  Neocons are back because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il and Vladimir Putin never went away.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The other day I was asked by a writer for a mainstream French newspaper to say something about the “return” of the neoconservatives.
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