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8:45 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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Roman the Rapist  —  A Commentary By Susan Estrich  —  He had sex with a 13-year-old girl.  He got her to go to Jack Nicholson's house by promising that she would be in a photo shoot.  When she got there, he fed her a Quaalude and alcohol — champagne for a 13-year-old, how enticing — and then he raped her.
Discussion: Don Surber
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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 …
Marcia Clark / Blogs and Stories:
Polanski's Lost Alibi
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
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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
CNN:
Officials: U.S. to demand access to Iran nuke facility  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A recently revealed nuclear facility in Iran will be the centerpiece of talks that began in Switzerland Thursday among representatives of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and Iran's nuclear chief.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Politico: Freaky-deaky Edwards love child scandal even freaky-deakier than thought  —  Add six cups of freaky, a quart of deaky, stir well, then let chill overnight.  The next day: Voila.  If you're reading this on the east coast, where it's already past nine, I'd advise turning on a light …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pawlenty preps 2012 campaign team  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been quietly assembling the blueprint of a presidential campaign and will announce Thursday the support of a group of high-level political strategists and donors, complemented by a handful of top new media consultants, POLITICO has learned.
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
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senators bristle over Reid's deal  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved swiftly to ensure that his home state of Nevada wouldn't be hurt by Medicaid changes included in the health care reform bill moving through the Senate Finance Committee.  —  Now some of his Democratic colleagues …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Quinnipiac University:
Pennsylvania Senate Seesaw Tips To Toomey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama's Approval Drops Below 50 Percent  —  The seesaw 2010 Senate race in Pennsylvania tips to Republican Pat Toomey, who has 43 percent to recently converted Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter's 42 percent, too close to call …
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
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Possibility of a Nuclear-Armed Iran Alarms Arabs  —  CAIRO — As the West raises the pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, Arab governments, especially the small, oil-rich nations in the Persian Gulf, are growing increasingly anxious.  But they are concerned not only with the prospect …
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Spending Doesn't Work  —  Our new research shows no evidence of a Keynesian ‘multiplier’ effect.  There is evidence that tax cuts boost growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The global recession and financial crisis have refocused attention on government stimulus packages.
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
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Can't Outsource Afghanistan  —  George Bush succeeded in Iraq by talking to his generals regularly.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  So our top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has told CBS's “60 Minutes” that he has spoken with President Barack Obama only once since June.
CNN:
Obama to help DGA rake in half million bucks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama wears the fundraiser-in-chief hat Thursday, as he headlines an event for the Democratic Governors Association.  —  The fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington is expected to rake in around …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
White House Proposes Changes in Bill Protecting Reporters' Confidentiality  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told lawmakers that it opposes legislation that could protect reporters from being imprisoned if they refuse to disclose confidential sources who leak material about national security …
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
House Leaders Trying to Give All Democrats a Say  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate poses the main hurdle to President Obama's effort to overhaul the health care system.  But passing so far-reaching a bill in the House is not going to be easy either.  —  Few Democrats doubt that ultimately …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Dictators and democrats  —  How many rogue nations can President Obama hold in one hand?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In his Inaugural Address, President Obama spoke directly to the world's rogue nations.  “[W]e will extend a hand,” he said, “if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
 
 
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Pullman second on US ban list
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John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Charlie Bass wants his old seat back
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Key Dems confident card-check will pass
Discussion: Commentary
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Rankings, September 2009 Lightning Round Edition
Michael Wilson / Big Hollywood:
Director Adam McKay Strikes Back
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pakistanis Continue to Reject U.S. Partnership
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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
Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Former Gitmo detainee killed in shootout
Neil Nagraj / NY Daily News:
Exhibit featuring nude photo of 10-year-old Brooke Shields sparks outrage