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6:35 AM ET, October 1, 2009

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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Republicans decide not to introduce Grayson resolution  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans changed course on Wednesday and decided not to move forward with a resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to “die quickly.”
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Grayson: I'll apologize to the “dead”  —  Rep. Alan Grayson is not so apologetic — on the House floor:  —  And he ups the ante by comparing the lack of good health care to the Holocaust.  Oy.  —  Last night, I gave a speech and I'm not going to recount everything I said but after that speech …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Larson: Grayson should apologize for ‘die quickly’ remark  —  The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus is calling on one of his members to apologize for charging that Republicans want Americans who get sick to “die quickly.”  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said on the floor Tuesday night that …
The Huffington Post:
Despite Outrage, Many House Republicans Have Said Dem Health Care Will Kill People
BBC:
French drop Polanski release call  —  The French government has dropped its public support for Roman Polanski, saying the 76-year-old director “is neither above nor beneath the law”.  —  The move follows a backlash against a campaign for Polanski's release, with several leading European politicians …
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Luchina Fisher / ABCNEWS:
Roman Polanski: What Did He Really Do?  —  13-Year-Old's Testimony Tells Story Behind Polanski's Guilty Plea to Unlawful Sexual Intercourse  —  In the more than 30 years since director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl and then fled the country before he was sentenced …
Marcia Clark / Blogs and Stories:
Polanski's Lost Alibi
The Hill:
Kerry and Boxer launch climate debate  —  Supporters of Senate climate change legislation introduced Wednesday rallied outside the Capitol to promote their bill as a lifeline for the planet and a way to protect both economic and national security.  —  The event effectively marked the start …
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin co-author: Evangelical, partisan  —  Sarah Palin's most consequential choice since leaving the Alaska governor's mansion may be her co-author - a staunch conservative, devoted evangelical Christian, and intensely partisan Republican from far, far outside the Beltway.
Discussion: race42008.com and GOP 12
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BBC:
World powers turn up heat on Iran  —  World powers have increased pressure on Iran, urging the country to reveal the nature of its nuclear programme during six-party talks in Geneva.  —  A spokesman for the German chancellor said Iran was “comprehensively failing to co-operate”.
Discussion: race42008.com
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Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranian Opposition Warns Against Stricter Sanctions
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare  —  Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs.  —  Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley …
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Keith Koffler / Roll Call:
Obama Drafts Health Care Fallback Plan
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Snowe May Withhold Trigger Amendment Until Full Senate Debates Health Care
Discussion: Firedoglake, Swampland, The Page and Time
JammieWearingFool:
'Blithering Idiot's' Book Already No. 1 at Barnes and Noble and No. 2 at Amazon (Update: Now No. 1 at Amazon)  —  The left may have a collective aneurysm by the time Going Rogue is released, and that's still not until November 17.  —  I figure by the end of the day it'll be No. 1 at Amazon.
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Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Reality Check: Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame  —  Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States.  In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House slams Glenn Beck on blog
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Burned by Obama  —  Wall St. execs feel betrayed  —  In the depths of the financial crisis last year, people like Morgan Stanley's John Mack, BlackRock's Larry Fink, Greg Fleming (then of Merrill Lynch), JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein were telling everyone …
Discussion: neo-neocon, Townhall.com and Power Line
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Sex, scorn and videotape  —  When John Edwards returned to North Carolina in the course of his long quest for the presidency, Andrew Young always met him at the airport in Edwards's big black Chevy Tahoe.  Young drove, and Edwards rode shotgun, silently raising his left hand whenever he wanted a Diet Coke …
beliefnet:
Sarah Palin on Islam and China  —  I've been bluntly critical of Sarah Palin before when I felt it warranted, but I've never had anything but respect for her formidable intellect and political saavy.  I think she's easily the most credible challenger to President Obama in 2012 and while I still …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
43 U.S. Troops Have Died in Afghanistan Since Gen. McChrystal Called for Reinforcements  —  (CNSNews.com) - Another American died in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the final day of September—and exactly one month after the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan sent a confidential war assessment …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
On Afghanistan War, Obama May Have to Seek GOP Support  —  With much of his party largely opposed to expanding military operations in Afghanistan, President Obama could be forced into the awkward political position of turning to congressional Republicans for support if he follows the recommendations of the commanding U.S. general there.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Independents Lean GOP; Party Gap Smallest Since '05  —  Democratic advantage on leaned party ID is 48% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the third quarter of this year, 48% of Americans identified politically as Democrats or said they were independent but leaned to the Democratic Party.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Where Did ‘We’ Go?  —  I hate to write about this, but I have actually been to this play before and it is really disturbing.  —  I was in Israel interviewing Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin just before he was assassinated in 1995.  We had a beer in his office.  He needed one.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
White House Proposes Changes in Bill Protecting Reporters' Confidentiality
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Success No Matter What  —  This Friday, September's job-loss total will be announced.
Discussion: The Natural Truth
Democracy Now:
As Senate Panel Debates Public Option, Groups Take Direct Action …
Discussion: American Power
Dean Nelson / Telegraph:
Farmer's daughter disarms terrorist and shoots him dead with AK47
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Former Gitmo detainee killed in shootout
Discussion: Associated Press
Neil Nagraj / NY Daily News:
Exhibit featuring nude photo of 10-year-old Brooke Shields sparks outrage
Democracy Corps:
Olympia Snowe: The Political Problems of Stopping Health Care Reform
Discussion: The Plum Line