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10:45 PM ET, October 5, 2009


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Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
2 Democratic Senators Withhold Support of Health Bill  —  At least two Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have refused to pledge support for the health-care reform bill scheduled for a vote this week, underscoring the hard work ahead for President Obama as he tries to enact …
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) …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Six Dem Governors Hold Out On Health Care Letter
Discussion: The Politico and Open Congress
Jonathan Cohn / Kaiser Health News:
To Be Effective, Exchanges Need Bargaining Power
Publius / Big Government:
Breaking: Louisiana Attorney General: Rathke Embezzled $5 Million From ACORN  —  From NOLA.COM: … Whole blockbuster story here.  —  Update: According to the new subpoena issued by the Louisiana Attorney General, it seems ACORN leadership was aware of the full extent of the embezzlement.
Robert Travis Scott / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
ACORN embezzlement was $5 million, La. attorney general says  —  An internal review by the board of directors of the community organization ACORN determined that the amount allegedly embezzled from the community organization was $5 million, well more than the previously reported amount of nearly $1 million …
The Hill:
President summons congressional leaders on Afghanistan strategy  —  The meeting comes amid mounting casualties in the eight-year war and as President Barack Obama weighs a pending request for 40,000 more troops from the leading commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
FTC to bloggers: Fess up or pay up
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
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
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama Rallies Doctors  —  President Obama gathered doctors at the White House Monday for a pep rally in support of his health care reform plans, which he argued would help them spend more time treating patients and less time filling out forms.  —  Obama said little new about his signature …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Wither Grayson on Health Care?
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Robert Fisk / The Independent:
The demise of the dollar  —  In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading  —  In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning …
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 …
Associated Press:
UK Supermarket Pulls Ad From Fox News Over Beck  —  LONDON (AP) — Upscale British supermarket chain Waitrose said Monday it was pulling its advertisements from Fox News in the U.K. after customers complained about the cable news channel's Glenn Beck program.
Discussion: Think Progress and Prairie Weather
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 …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama cancels meeting with Dalai Lama ‘to keep China happy’  —  President Barack Obama has refused to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington this week in a move to curry favour with the Chinese.  —  The decision came after China stepped up a campaign urging nations to shun the Tibetan spiritual leader.
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: Wonkette and Hot Air
Andrew Ross Sorkin / Vanity Fair:
Wall Street's Near-Death Experience  —  With the implosion of Lehman Brothers, in September 2008, the realization dawned: Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs could be next.  In an excerpt from his new book, the author reveals the incredible scramble that took place—desperate phone calls …
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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Special report: A parental revolt against the SEIU's home invasion robbery  —  The SEIU Purple Army: Coming to a home near you?  —  Last month, I noted the appalling story about the SEIU's power grab in Illinois to unionize home health care workers.  —  But you haven't heard the half of it.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Don Surber
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Fun With “Journalists”: Sacramento Bee Edition  —  My eyebrows arched when I read Andrew McIntosh's September 24 Sacramento Bee article on former eBay CEO-turned candidate for California governor Meg Whitman and her spotty voting record.  I have interviewed Whitman on air a couple of times …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Glenn W. Smith / Dog Canyon:
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Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Democrats Chafe Under Gitmo Delays
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Douglas Holtz-Eakin / The New Majority:
No More Bribes for Homeowners
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Michael Yon:
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Wall Street Journal:
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