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8:25 PM ET, October 5, 2009


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The Note:
Frist Backing Health Care Bill?  Not So Fast...  ABC News' Aaron Katersky and Rick Klein report: Former Senate Republican leader Bill Frist declared last week that, were he still in the Senate, “I would end up voting for” the health care reform efforts now being debated in Congress.
Igor / Wonk Room:
Why Reid Shouldn't Include The Public Option In The Merged Senate Bill  —  Lawrence O'Donnell — who served as Senate Finance Committee staff director during the debate over President Clinton's failed health care reforms — tells Politico's Live Pulse that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) …
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
2 Democratic Senators Withhold Support of Health Bill
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Six Dem Governors Hold Out On Health Care Letter
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
GOP leaders to Steele: Back off  —  GOP leaders, in a private meeting last month, delivered a blunt and at times heated message to RNC Chairman Michael Steele: quit meddling in policy.  —  The plea was made during what was supposed to be a routine discussion about polling matters …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Steele applauded ACORN leader in speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Like other GOP leaders, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele took a harsh tone toward ACORN last month after several of the group's employees were caught on tape offering financial advice to activists posing undercover as a pimp and prostitute.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
The Hill:
President summons congressional leaders on Afghanistan strategy  —  President Barack Obama has called congressional leaders to the White House on Tuesday to discuss the worsening situation in Afghanistan, according to congressional sources.  —  The meeting, with leaders of both parties …
Discussion: D-Day, The Politico and The Hill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today
Discussion: Danger Room and Alex Conant
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Dems: GOP rooting against America  —  During the Bush era, Republicans from Karl Rove to Joe Wilson questioned — in ways both veiled and overt — the patriotism of Democrats who challenged the administration's Iraq policy, pre-war intelligence and surveillance programs.
Scott Whitlock /   MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan: Conservatives Don't Care If 'Half the …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Politics of Spite  —  There was what President Obama likes …
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
FTC: Bloggers must disclose payments for reviews
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
FTC to bloggers: Fess up or pay up
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
Paul Krugman:
The story of the stimulus  —  I read the Ryan Lizza piece on Larry Summers with a great sense of relief.  It turns out that in talking to Ryan, I managed to say almost nothing worth quoting — which is, in these circumstances, very much the goal.  (If I have something controversial to say …
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
New Yorker Rewrites Economic History
Chuck Todd /
ROVE FOR RUBIO  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Over the past few weeks, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has found himself being put on the defensive more and more in the primary thanks to the challenge by ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio.  While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date …
Not Larry Sabato:
SHEILA JOHNSON'S PARTY FOUL  —  At a rally for Bob McDonnell's campaign, Sheila Johnson mock-stutters when talking about Bob's “o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-opponent” Creigh Deeds.  When Bob comes up to speak he says nothing.  —  Pathetic.  We deserve more class than this in the Governor's mansion.
Peter Hamby / CNN:   Top McDonnell backer mocks Deeds' speaking problems
Brian W. Walsh / Washington Times:
Criminalizing everyone  —  Needed: A ‘clean line’ to determine lawfulness  —  “You don't need to know.  You can't know.”  That's what Kathy Norris, a 60-year-old grandmother of eight, was told when she tried to ask court officials why, the day before, federal agents had subjected her home to a furious search.
Discussion: Boing Boing and The Impolitic
Kate Galbraith / Green Inc.:
Apple Resigns From Chamber Over Climate  —  Apple has become the latest company to resign from the United States Chamber of Commerce over climate policy.  —  “We strongly object to the chamber's recent comments opposing the E.P.A.'s effort to limit greenhouse gases,” wrote Catherine A. Novelli …
Meir Javedanfar / Guardian:
Ahmadinejad has no Jewish roots  —  Rumours that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's family converted to Islam from Judaism are false.  In fact, they are proud Shias  —  In June 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's meteoric rise from mayor of Tehran to president of one of the most influential countries in the Middle East took everyone by surprise.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Petraeus For President!  (12 Months Late)  —  It's certainly true that Washington was abuzz with the idea of the GOP trying to recruit General David Petraeus as a 2012 presidential candidate, but as I recall that was 12-18 months ago so I'm a bit puzzled to see it put at the heart …
Anne Bayefsky / Weekly Standard:
You Can't Say That  —  At the UN, the Obama administration backs limits on free speech.  —  The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression.  The newly-minted American policy was rolled …
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
No Exit  —  The never-ending lunacy of Betsy McCaughey.  —  On an ordinary day, Henry Aaron, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, comes across as the quintessential policy wonk: knowledgeable, thoughtful, measured, perhaps even a tad boring.
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Obama to Address Gay Rights Organization  —  President Obama will speak to a gathering of gay rights activists this weekend, a day before thousands of people are expected to march on Washington in a demonstration calling for greater legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgendered Americans.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Red Eye Resurgence: More Demo Viewers Watch Fox At 3am Than CNN at 8pm  —  Fox News' 3amET comedy/news hybrid Red Eye is in a league of its own when it comes to cable news shows.  But that doesn't mean it isn't a player in the ratings.  —  Despite its late (or early, depending on your sleep habits) …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Kentucky Senate  —  2010 Kentucky Senate: Early Match-ups Suggest Tight Race for GOP Vacancy  —  Republicans look like they're in for a tough fight in Kentucky to maintain the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Jim Bunning.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey …
Government Admits Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed al Qahtani's Torture Videotaped  —  CCR Blasts Government for Failing to Disclose Existence of Videotapes for Seven Years  —  The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) learned today of the existence of video and audio tapes …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
He's Back, Hat in Hand  —  Chastened by Reaction To His Rutgers Women's Basketball Team Comments, an ‘Older And Wiser’ Don Imus Returns to TV on the Fox Business Network  —  After holding forth for hours behind the mike on everything from Roman Polanski to Afghanistan …
Wall Street Journal:
What We Would Have Told Obama  —  Though we weren't invited to the White House, here are better ideas to increase coverage for the uninsured.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  We aren't among the doctors invited to a Rose Garden event today to “join the President in pushing for health insurance reform …
Discussion: The Foundry and The Politico
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Two Firefights: One Video  —  In July, British soldiers …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
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