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12:40 PM 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 …
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.
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Senate Democrats plan to force vote on public option  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two members of the Senate Finance Committee plan to put their Democratic colleagues on the spot on Tuesday by offering amendments on whether to give uninsured Americans the opportunity to join a government insurance program.
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
More Americans Believe In UFOs Than Oppose A Public Option
Discussion: The Politico and NOW! Blog
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
How Finance swing votes break down
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Harkin says he has the votes to pass public option bill in the Senate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer reshapes odds for public plan
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Celebrities, diplomats unite behind convicted child-raping degenerate
David Gibson / Politics Daily:
Roman Polanski: What if He Were ‘Father Polanski’?
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Case of the Plummeting Supreme Court Docket  —  In the early 1980s, the Supreme Court decided more than 150 cases a year.  These days, it decides about half that many.  —  A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court advocacy clinic at Yale Law School held a conference to explore the mystery of the court's shrinking docket.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court to Consider Church-State Implications of Mojave Cross
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Benjamin Wittes / Washington Post:
Obama Retreats on Creating a Better System for Detaining Suspected Terrorists
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Daily Dish
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: Health Care Reform Needs 65 Votes To Be Legitimate
Michelle Malkin:
Creepy O-cult video of the day: “Deliver us, Obama!” Updated
Discussion: Nice Deb and Babalú Blog
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Did ACORN Elect Al Franken?  —  Robert Samuelson scorns the egomaniacal “quest for glory” of Congressional Democrats who are trying to pass health care reform.  But of course the quest for glory may be the only reason a worthwhile reform could still pass.  It ain't going to pass it because it's popular!
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
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 …
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: Betsy's Page and YID With LID
The Conference Board:
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Dips in September  —  The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had improved in August, dipped in September.  The Index now stands at 53.1 (1985=100), down from 54.5 in August.  The Present Situation Index decreased to 22.7 from 25.4.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Attack Dog Needed?
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Another Week, Another Obama Comic Book
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Deeds continues to close in
Ed Henry / CNN:
First lady says ‘gloves are off’ in bid for Olympics
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Jules Crittenden
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
GOP base still wild about Palin
Discussion: GOP 12
Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
Rich Senator, ‘Poor’ Senator
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Hey, who's up for another clip of kids chanting about Obama?
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Althouse and Nice Deb
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
U.S. Says Taliban Has A New Haven in Pakistan
Discussion: The AfPak Channel and The Page