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1:20 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 Huffington Post:
Despite Outrage, Many House Republicans Have Said Dem Health Care Will Kill People
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist and The Reaction
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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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and Oh No They Didn't!
Marcia Clark / Blogs and Stories:
Polanski's Lost Alibi
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and L.A. NOW
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
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
National Review's John Derbyshire: Women Should Not Have The Right To Vote  —  John Derbyshire, a British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, has written a new book titled We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism.  The book contains a section called “The Case Against Female Suffrage.”
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and RedState
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Reconciliation Myths.
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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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Reason and Gawker
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: Townhall.com, neo-neocon and Power Line
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
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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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: ABCNEWS
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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.
Neil Nagraj / NY Daily News:
Exhibit featuring nude photo of 10-year-old Brooke Shields sparks outrage  —  An exhibition at the Tate Modern will feature a photograph of a nude ten-year-old Brooke Shields alongside sexually explicit pop art - a decision akin to rolling out a welcome mat for perverts, outraged critics charge.
Tim Teeman / Times of London:
Gore Vidal: 'We'll have a dictatorship soon in the US'  —  The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don't expect Barack Obama to save it  —  A conversation with Gore Vidal unfolds at his pace.  He answers questions imperiously, occasionally playfully, with a piercing, lethal dryness.
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Mysterious Private Security Firm Gets Control Of Empty Jail In Small Montana Town  —  A shadowy private security company that has no known clients but claims to have helped foreign governments combat terrorism and will protect anything from cruise ships to Pakistani convoys has taken over a jail …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin ‘grateful’ for top spot  —  Two days after the release date of Sarah Palin's book was announced, it's already become the top seller at both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  —  Palin's publisher announced Monday that the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate …
Discussion: Hot Air, JOSHUAPUNDIT and GOP 12
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin co-author: Evangelical, partisan  —  Sarah Palin's most consequential choice since leaving the White House 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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on gun rights, terrorism law  —  Taking on a major new constitutional dispute over gun rights, the Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to decide whether to apply the Second Amendment to state, county, and city government laws.  In another major case among ten new grants …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Newsmax removes column that called for military coup to resolve the ‘Obama problem.’  —  In a column published on the right-wing site Newsmax yesterday, John L. Perry writes that a military coup against President Obama is possible.  Newsmax appears to have taken down the column from its website this morning.
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ABCNEWS:
Special Health Care for Congress: Lawmakers' Health Care Perks  —  Little Known Office on Capitol Hill Provides Quality Medical Care for Low Price  —  This fall while members of Congress toil in the U.S. Capitol, working to decide how or even whether to reform the country's health care system …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Socialized Medicine is Good Enough for Congress
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Ezra Klein
 
 
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