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7:35 PM ET, September 29, 2009

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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) …
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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 …
Associated Press:
Key Senate panel rejects public health plan  —  Outcome of vote on government-sponsored insurance was expected  —  WASHINGTON - A key Senate panel on Tuesday voted against creating a new government health insurance plan to compete with the private market.  —  The 15-to-8 vote …
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 …
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 … THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE  —  As health insurance reform makes its way through congress, it's easy to observe the partisan fighting in Washington and believe the country is deeply divided over a “public option.”  —  Luckily, that is not the case.
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.
Patrick Yoest / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Committee Rejects Public Option for Health Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON—The Senate Finance Committee rejected amendments Tuesday that would add a government-run health-insurance plan to the committee's health-care legislation, but debate over whether to adopt a public plan isn't expected to end at the committee.
Discussion: Club for Growth and Fausta's Blog
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Panel Rejects a ‘Public Option’ in Health Plan
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Many Options for a Public Option — Even if Not Enough Votes
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Short Takes: Politics and the Public Option
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Growing Momentum for Public Option
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 …
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Associated Press:   Lawmaker clarifies ‘enemy of humanity’ remark of Obama
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 …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll: Blanche Lincoln Trails Republican Challengers
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
61% of Arizona Republicans Say McCain Out of Touch With Party Base
Mike Roman / Big Government:
Massive Voter Fraud in NY Linked to ACORN  —  The Working Families Party and local Democratic Party Officials are at the center of a massive voter fraud scandal in Troy, NY.  —  According to the Times Union: … What isn't mentioned is that WFP is nothing more than a front group for ACORN.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Moe Lane
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Europe's Socialists Suffering Even in Downturn  —  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 “irrational exuberance …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
I'm Still On The Right
Discussion: The New Editor
Diane Bell / San Diego Union-Tribune:
S.D. ghostwriter mum on Sarah Palin memoir  —  One San Diegan knows all the details of Sarah Palin's soon-to-be released memoir, but don't ask her about it.  She can't tell.  —  Lynn Vincent, Palin's ghostwriter, has signed a non-disclosure agreement.  She has been hard at work on the book …
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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Santorum Heads to Iowa, Looks Forward to Palin Memoir — By: Robert Costa
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama to Afghanistan?  —  A prediction: President Obama will add a “surprise” visit to Afghanistan to his Olympics-lobbying trip to Copenhagen.  —  The president and his advisers must realize, in Mark McKinnon's words, that “people elected Obama to be president—not the head of the Illinois Chamber …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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!
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Attack Dog Needed?  —  AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dawn Majors  —  The national debate over President Obama's health care plan has exposed a weakness in the Democratic Party apparatus: it lacks a high profile surrogate to push back — hard — against the rhetorical arguments put forward by Republicans.
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.
Chris Lee / kff.org:
Public Support For Health Reform Increases in September, Reversing Summer Declines as Congress Takes Up Legislation  —  Survey Finds Support For New Proposals For Fees And Taxes on Insurance Companies to Help Pay For Overhaul  —  MENLO PARK, CA — Public support for health reform ended its summer slide …
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.
Chris Herring / Wall Street Journal:
Fund-Raiser Hsu Sentenced to 24 Years  —  NEW YORK — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu to more than 24 years in prison for illegally funneling tens of thousands of dollars to U.S. political candidates and for his role in a Ponzi scheme.
 
 
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