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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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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.
Discussion: The Page
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
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
CROWDED FIELD: Lowden unveils Senate bid
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Post editors should read their own columnists  —  The Washington Post Editorial Page today lashes out at “Roman Polanski's apologists,” a group it says is “typified by the comments of Swiss filmmaker Otto Weisser, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, film and TV celebrity Whoopi Goldberg” …
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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.
Washington Post:
The Sordidness of Polanski's Crime Justifies U.S. Adjudication
Discussion: Don Surber, The Rhetorican and BBC
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A Right-Left consensus building on Polanski
Discussion: Hit & Run
Patterico's Pontifications:   Harvey Weinstein: Hollywood Has the Best Moral Compass
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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Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Gates Doubts U.S.'s Afghan Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with senior counselors for three hours Wednesday to launch his review of Afghan war strategy, amid indications that his defense secretary — the key link between the White House and the military — is among those undecided about the right approach.
Michael Yon / Washington Times:
The Greatest Afghan War
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
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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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi: No Grayson apology needed  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says there's no reason for Rep. Alan Grayson to apologize for his “Die quickly” remark, since Republicans have made statements just as outrageous as his.  —  “If anybody's going apologize, everybody should apologize …
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.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: Dems would allow abortions for 13-year-olds  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is picking up on a blogospheric conservative drumbeat by charging that confidentiality clauses in the health reform bills passed by three House committees would allow 13-year-old girls to get abortions without informing their folks.
Discussion: Politics Daily, Salon and Wonkette
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bachmann warns of abortions at school
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Support for abortion rights slips  —  The shift to “common ground” rhetoric among Democrats appears — as some abortions rights advocates feared — to have coincided with a drop in support for abortion rights.  —  Pew writes:  —  Polls conducted in 2009 have found fewer Americans expressing support …
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Support Appears to Drop for Abortion Rights
Discussion: Verum Serum
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.
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Delaware Senate  —  2010 Delaware Senate: Castle 47%, Biden 42%  —  The 2010 U.S. Senate race in Delaware is all about the candidates who haven't decided whether to run yet.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey in the state finds that longtime Republican …
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Obama's ‘Safe Schools’ Czar Admits He Poorly Handled Underage Sex Case  —  Kevin Jennings was teaching high school in 1988 when a gay student confessed an involvement with an older man.  Rather than reporting it, he told the boy, “I hope you knew to use a condom.”  —  FOXNews.com
Mikkel Fishman / The Moderate Voice:
My Algorithm Proves You're Gay!  —  There is an article in The Boston Globe about an MIT project dubbed Project Gaydar. … Of course there is nothing unique about sexuality, as it ominously continues: … So really, despite the provocative introduction, it is really just a program that uses …
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Millionaire Filmmaker Michael Moore: ‘Capitalism Did Nothing For Me’  —  (CNSNews.com) — Documentary film director Michael Moore, who has become a millionaire thanks to the profits from his movies, told CNSNews.com that “capitalism did nothing” for him.  —  CNSNews.com spoke with Moore …
New York Times:
Iran Agrees to More Nuclear Talks With U.S. and Allies  —  GENEVA — Critical talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions that included the highest level bilateral discussions between the United States and Iran in many years ended Thursday evening with Iran agreeing to meet to talk again before the end of the month.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi: No Grayson apology necessary UPDATED  —  Nancy Pelosi is shrugging off GOP calls for a mea culpa from Alan “they want you to die quickly' Grayson.  —  “We have to have a debate that is not distracted from... Apparently Republicans are holding Democrats to a higher level than they are holding …
 
 
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