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1:05 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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Harkin says he has the votes to pass public option bill in the Senate
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
Discussion: TalkLeft, Associated Press and The Page
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’?
Sid Vacuous /
SHOCK DISCOVERY: COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS APPEAR TO ‘PRAY’ TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA  —  “Hear our cry Obama!”  —  The Gamaliel Foundation is the community organizing group that helped sponsor Barack Obama's initial work in Chicago.  —  Editor's Note: The UNCUT version of this video clip is linked in the “Related” section below.
Michelle Malkin:
Creepy O-cult video of the day: “Deliver us, Obama!” Updated
Discussion: Nice Deb and Babalú Blog
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.
Benjamin Wittes / Washington Post:
Obama Retreats on Creating a Better System for Detaining Suspected Terrorists
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
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.
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 …
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!
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Jules Crittenden
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Olympic trip ‘noble,’ unneeded
Discussion: Maryland Politics and The Politico
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Nuclear Debate Brews: Is Iran Designing Warheads?  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama stood last week with the leaders of Britain and France to denounce Iran's construction of a secret nuclear plant, the Western powers all appeared to be on the same page.
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
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Defense Bill, Lauded by White House, Contains Billions in Earmarks
Discussion: Politics Daily
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
GOP base still wild about Palin
Discussion: GOP 12
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court to Consider Church-State Implications of Mojave Cross
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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