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12:25 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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Talking Points For Obama's Political Operation Describe Public Option As “Small Part” Of Reform  —  This one is likely to irk public option fans: A new set of talking points being distributed on the state level by Obama's political operation instructs organizers to describe the public option as …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPM LiveWire
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
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.
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Michael Yon / Washington Times:
The Greatest Afghan War  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The Greatest Afghanistan War has deteriorated so noticeably that one can now feel the enemy's growing pulse.  Each month it beats steadier, stronger, and in 2010 it will finally be born.  —  On Sept. 11 in Kandahar, a South African civilian …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
New York Times:
McChrystal Rejects Lower Afghan Aims
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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Washington Post:
The Sordidness of Polanski's Crime Justifies U.S. Adjudication  —  Sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl isn't ‘a little mistake.’  —  FIRST, THERE was: “He's a brilliant guy, and he made a little mistake 32 years ago.”  Next came: “Whatever you think about the so-called crime . . . it is a shocking way to treat such a man.”
Discussion: BBC, Don Surber and The Rhetorican
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 …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Toomey erases Specter's lead
Discussion: Commentary
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Cantor: Obama's not met with GOP leaders since May  —  President Obama has cut off communication with Republican leaders, going more than four months without hosting the bipartisan congressional leadership at the White House to discuss his health care proposal, the No. 2 Republican in the House said Wednesday.
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CBS News:   Waiting for a Boring Day at the White House
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Republicans decide not to introduce Grayson resolution
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.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Consumers Union joins health care battle  —  The venerable advocacy group Consumers Union, best known for publishing Consumer Reports, will dive into the health care fray Monday with a television ad making the case for passing health care reform legislation.
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Dick Morris / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
New Player in Health Care Reform Fight
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 …
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 …
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers  —  Two officers of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department removed Carol Shea-Porter and Susan Mayer from a February 2005 town hall event hosted by then-President George W. Bush at the request of the owner …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Coakley fund-raising off at a sprint  —  More than $2m tallied in a month  —  Attorney General Martha Coakley, right, greeted Ellen R. Malcolm, founder of EMILY's List, with other supporters last night at a campaign event in Boston.  (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
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
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
If the Insurance Companies Win, We Lose  —  As the health care debate rages, one thing has become increasingly clear.  This battle is not mainly some academic argument about the best approaches to health care policy - or even a clash of ideological world views.  It is a fight over who gets what.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Firedoglake
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The downside of nonprofit news organizations like MinnPost, Voice of San Diego, and the Washington Independent.  —  The nonprofit news business—if that isn't a contradiction in terms—is spreading like a midsummer algae bloom.  —  Philanthropists, who in different times would have endowed …
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 Swamp and Swampland
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.
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.
Penelope Green / New York Times:
A Modern Answer to the Commune  —  JOHANNA BRONK wants to make communal vegetarian meals and keep chickens.  Mariel Berger hopes for social, artistic and political collaborations.  Harmony Hazard is into hula hooping, book groups and anarchism.  —  Oh, to be a young city-dweller in search of a house share.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Althouse
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:
China Celebrates 60 Years of Communist Rule  —  BEIJING — China's leaders marked their nation's 60th anniversary on Thursday with a precision display of military bravado, a fleet of floats representing everything from a giant fish to Mount Everest and, improbably, a female militia unit toting submachine guns …
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: Dems would allow abortions for 13-year-olds
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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Behar's Beck Obsession …
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Republicans' Independent Gains?
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Dr. Helen:
Fit for Combat  —  I had a few minutes to kill today …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Lanny Davis / Pundits Blog:
Fact-checking matters — even for columnists and bloggers
Discussion: TalkLeft and NO CHASER
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Key Dems confident card-check will pass
Discussion: Commentary
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Dictators and democrats
beliefnet:
Sarah Palin on Islam and China