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2:45 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  —  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 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 …
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” …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Roman the Rapist  —  A Commentary By Susan Estrich
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Don Surber
Washington Post:
The Sordidness of Polanski's Crime Justifies U.S. Adjudication
Discussion: Don Surber, The Rhetorican and BBC
Patterico's Pontifications:   Harvey Weinstein: Hollywood Has the Best Moral Compass
New York Times:
McChrystal Rejects Lower Afghan 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  —  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
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:
Club for Growth:
Club PAC on the air in NY-23  —  Club PAC Launches TV, Radio Ads in NY-23  —  Washington - Club for Growth PAC began a $250,000 television and radio ad campaign today in the special election for New York's 23rd Congressional District.  The campaign follows Club PAC's recent endorsement of Doug Hoffman …
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.
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 …
Grayson calls Republicans ‘knuckle-dragging Neanderthals’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Freshman Congressman Alan Grayson refused to back down Wednesday from controversial remarks he made on the House floor the night before saying the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to “die quickly.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Grayson Breaks the Rules
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi: No Grayson apology needed
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Wonkette
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.
CBS News:
Waiting for a Boring Day at the White House
Discussion: The Politico
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: Wonkette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABORTION FIELD TRIPS.... I've seen a few outlets noting …
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 …
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
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 …
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.”  —
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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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Penelope Green / New York Times:
A Modern Answer to the Commune
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Discussion: Mediaite
Lanny Davis / Pundits Blog:
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Discussion: NO CHASER, Wonkette and TalkLeft
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers
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