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7:30 PM ET, October 1, 2009

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Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Roman Polanski's Powerful Friends  —  If a rapist escapes justice for long enough, should the world hand him a get out of jail free card?  If you're Roman Polanski, world-famous director, a lot of famous and gifted people think the answer is yes.  Polanski, who drugged and anally raped …
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Los Angeles Times:
In Roman Polanski case, is it Hollywood vs. Middle America?  —  Reactions to the extradition of the fugitive filmmaker show a sharp divide.  —  Roman Polanski (Getty Images)  —  From Michael Moore's politics to on-screen sex and violence, the movie business is constantly being assailed for not sharing the country's values.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Polanski's Many Detractors  —  If the impression you have from reaction to the Roman Polanski extradition case (see Nick Gillespie's great posts here and here) is that the media and the broad Left are overwhelmingly rallying around the weird little Polack, please do think again.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A Right-Left consensus building on Polanski
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Grayson Breaks the Rules  —  Representative Alan Grayson's statement that the Republican plan for health care amounts to “don't get sick” and if you do “die quickly” probably doesn't meet a test of literal accuracy.  Reality is I guess closer to “only get sick if you're stably employed in a good …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Grayson aide: Inaction is “murdering the uninsured”  —  In his floor speech the other day, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) more or less suggested that failing to enact health care reform was the moral equivalent of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide — saying the GOP wanted sick people to “die quickly.”
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
New York Times:
McChrystal Rejects Scaling Down Afghan Military Aims  —  LONDON — The top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, rejected calls for scaling down military objectives there on Thursday and said Washington did not have unlimited time to settle on a new strategy to pursue the eight-year-old war.
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Senate votes to summon McChrystal for testimony
Discussion: The Politico
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Carper quietly devises third option  —  Sen. Tom Carper bided his time on health care reform.  —  Rarely in the spotlight, and unfailingly restrained, the Delaware Democrat never staked out a public position on the government insurance option, solidifying his status as the model of an undecided moderate in need of persuading.
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Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Harkin: No place for GOP at Senate health-bill table  —  Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said today Republicans will not be at the table when the Senate merges the health-care bills from two committees before sending one to the floor.  —  Harkin, a Democrat and chairman of one of the committees …
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:   Reid: Final health bill will have a ‘public option’
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Senate: Lowden Announces Against Reid  —  Former Nevada state Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden will announce her bid to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today, immediately becoming the highest-profile candidate in an increasingly crowded field hoping to unseat the Nevada Democrat.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Senate Dems will push public option
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Talking Points For Obama's Political Operation Describe Public Option …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama rings Finance Dems
Discussion: The Page
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Carter walks back racism charge  —  Former President Jimmy Carter insisted Thursday that he did not say protests against President Barack Obama were driven by racism.  —  Carter touched off a firestorm three weeks ago when he said Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) “You Lie!” outburst was …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bachmann warns of abortions at school  —  Schools might start offering abortions if healthcare reform passes, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) warned last night.  —  Speaking on the House floor, Bachmann raise concerns about the “school based health clinics” discussed in H.R. 3200, which she labeled “sex clinics.”
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: Dems would allow abortions for 13-year-olds
Discussion: Politics Daily, Wonkette and Salon
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABORTION FIELD TRIPS.... I've seen a few outlets noting …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Kerry blocks DeMint trip to Honduras  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has blocked Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) trip to Honduras slated to begin Friday, according to DeMint's office.  —  DeMint's office informed The Hill of Kerry's decision Thursday afternoon.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Businessmen in Honduras Offer Plan to End Crisis
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Kristol Floats ‘Plausible Rumor’ That Hagel Will Replace Gates, Calls Him ‘An Advocate Of Retreat Everywhere’  —  Yesterday, Foreign Policy Initiative co-founder Bill Kristol appeared on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, where he said that he now believes “for the first time that he will not accept …
Discussion: hughhewitt.com and Weekly Standard
New York Times:
Senator's Aid to Mistress's Husband Raises Ethics Flags  —  WASHINGTON — Early last year, Senator John Ensign contacted a small circle of political and corporate supporters back home in Nevada — a casino designer, an airline executive, the head of a utility and several political consultants …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Brendan Nyhan / Pollster.com:
Assessing the GOP brand  —  How weak is the Republican brand right now?  This issue came up yesterday when a Media Matters criticized The Hill for failing to mention the GOP's poor polling numbers in a story on the 2010 elections.  Similarly, I recently suggested that that the damaged …
PewForum.org:
Support for Abortion Slips  —  Issue Ranks Lower on the Agenda  —  Overview  —  Polls conducted in 2009 have found fewer Americans expressing support for abortion than in previous years.  In Pew Research Center polls in 2007 and 2008, supporters of legal abortion clearly outnumbered opponents …
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:   Support Appears to Drop for Abortion Rights
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Chart of the Day  —  The Office of the Speaker of the House emails to nominate this for chart of the day.  Sure.  Why not.  It's a good chart.  Bottom line: the public really likes the idea of having a choice between either a private or a public health insurance plan.
Karolos Grohmann / Reuters:
Olympics-2016 Games could be the last, says Tokyo governor  —  Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara warned on Wednesday the 2016 Olympics could be the last Games, with global warming an immediate threat to mankind.  —  Tokyo is bidding to host the 2016 summer Olympics with Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid also in the running.
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE TAKES THE PRIZE  —  White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee took home the top prize in the 16th annual “D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity” contest on Wednesday evening, and he did so in a very unconventional way.  Instead of adopting a traditional comedic routine of joke buildup and punchline …
Discussion: The Note, The Swamp and Swampland
James Pethokoukis:
Obama's not-so-secret plan to raise taxes  —  Does President Obama have a secret plan to raise taxes on middle-class Americans — and,well, pretty much everybody else — with a European-style, value-added tax?  Actually, it's not such a big secret.  Connect the dots:
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.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Daddy Factor  —  Something you see a fair amount …
Discussion: A Fistful Of Euros
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
GOP tried to recruit hero pilot ‘Sully’ Sullenberger for 2010 bid
Discussion: On Deadline and Associated Press
Guardian:
An interesting deal (in principle)
The Huffington Post:
Sen. Graham Calls Beck ‘A Cynic’ And Birthers ‘Crazy’
Discussion: CBS News and The Swamp
John O'Connor / The State:
Governor: Don't release ethics report
Discussion: Politics Daily
Mikkel Fishman / The Moderate Voice:
My Algorithm Proves You're Gay!
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