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6:00 PM ET, October 1, 2009


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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Senate: Lowden Announces Against Reid
Discussion: Riehl World View and The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Talking Points For Obama's Political Operation Describe Public Option …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Senate Dems will push public option
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senators bristle over Reid's deal
Discussion: Conservative Dallas
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Harkin: No place for GOP at Senate health-bill table
Discussion: The Politico
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” …
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Roman Polanski's Powerful Friends
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A Right-Left consensus building on Polanski
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
An interesting deal (in principle)  —  The Geneva meeting on Iran's nuclear programme has wrapped up with the outline of an intriguing idea to defuse tensions  —  The dust is settling in the wake of the Geneva meeting, and it seems to have been a lot more productive than expected.
Michael Adler / Blogs and Stories:
Iran Nuke Deal Details
Discussion: CBS News, Hot Air and Washington Post
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: Weekly Standard
Hugh Store /   Show Transcripts  —  Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol now worried about Obama foreign policy
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bachmann warns of abortions at school
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABORTION FIELD TRIPS.... I've seen a few outlets noting …
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 …
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.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Comcast in Talks to Buy NBC-Universal from General Electric (updated)  —  Deal was negotiated at a meeting among bankers in New York on Tuesday.  Comcast denies a deal is done, but does not deny talks  —  Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment …
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:
Associated Press:
FBI Ordered to Release Cheney Interview  —  Judge Says FBI Must Reveal Much of Interview Conducted During CIA Leak Investigation  —  (AP) A federal judge ruled Thursday that the FBI must publicly reveal much of its interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney during the investigation …
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.
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.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
For Alarmists, Ugly Truths on Global Warming  —  Plateau in Temperatures Adds Difficulty to Task Of Reaching a Solution  —  In this headline on a New York Times story about the difficulties confronting people alarmed about global warming, note the word “plateau.”
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 …
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Assessing the GOP brand
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!
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Support Appears to Drop for Abortion Rights
Discussion: Verum Serum
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Stacie Ritter Cries ‘Shame’ at Insurers Winning in Washington
Political Punch:
President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning Federal Employees …