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3:30 PM ET, October 8, 2009


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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Left claims 218 in sight  —  Liberal told House Democrats that they have nearly enough votes to pass their preferred version of health insurance reform.  —  Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told a closed-door caucus meeting that the group's …
Sen. Arlen Specter / The Huffington Post:
Supporting a Robust Public Option  —  As debate continues on much needed health care reform, I urge my Senate colleagues to support a robust public option plan.  It's important that the President's ideas on the public option be implemented to maintain a level playing field.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Riehl World View
New York Times:
Health Care Bill Gets Green Light in Cost Analysis
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Pelosi to submit multiple public options for CBO scoring
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
A Better Way to Health Reform
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Labor's Fight Over Funding Health-Care Reform.
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Corzine Points a Spotlight at His Rival's Waistline  —  It is about as subtle as a playground taunt: a television ad for Gov. Jon S. Corzine shows his challenger, Christopher J. Christie, stepping out of an S.U.V. in extreme slow motion, his extra girth moving, just as slowly, in several different directions at once.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Corzine Attempting “Juvenile Schoolyard Taunts” Strategy
Discussion: Perfunction and TalkLeft
Michael Scherer / Time:
Calling 'Em Out: The White House Takes on the Press  —  There was never a single moment when White House staff decided the major media outlets were falling down on the job.  There were instead several such moments.  —  For press secretary Robert Gibbs, the realization came in early September …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
ROMAN POLANSKI BACKERS GAVE $34K TO BARACK OBAMA, DNC  —  Movie industry types calling for the release of director Roman Polanski last year gave $34,000 to Obama's presidential campaign and the Democratic Party, FEC records show.  —  Polanski's arrest late last month by Swiss authorities …
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Civilian, Military Officials at Odds Over Resources Needed for Afghan Counterinsurgency  —  In early March, after weeks of debate across a conference table in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the participants in President Obama's strategic review of the war in Afghanistan figured …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Army Officers Criticize Rebuke of Gen. McChrystal
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
Afghan War Debate Now Leans to Focus on Al Qaeda
Quinnipiac University:
American Voters Oppose Obama Health Care Plan, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; GOP Gets Lowest Grades Since Obama Elected  —  American voters oppose 47 - 40 percent President Barack Obama's health care reform plan, and don't want an overhaul that only gets Democratic votes …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Latest on the Public Option  —  Yesterday Sam Stein of Huffington Post reported that a new ‘compromise’ public option is getting a hearing on Capitol Hill, one which would allow individual states to opt-out of a national public option.  To be clear, this is not 50 different state-based public options …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer: Opt-Out Public Option Gaining Steam
Discussion: The Plum Line and Ben Smith's Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE UNAMBIGUOUS MEANING OF A CROSS.... Thee U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in a case called Buono v. Salazar, the year's big church-state case.  The controversy surrounds a large white, wooden cross, built to honor the war dead of World War I, given special congressional status on federal land.
David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains  —  Martin Fletcher at Forward Operating Base in Wardak province, Afghanistan  —  American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months …
New York Times:
In First Lady's Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery  —  WASHINGTON — In 1850, the elderly master of a South Carolina estate took pen in hand and painstakingly divided up his possessions.  Among the spinning wheels, scythes, tablecloths and cattle that he bequeathed to his far-flung heirs …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
REPORT: ‘We Will Overthrow The Government’ — Calls For Violence Repeatedly Stoked By Conservative Voices  —  Last week, the right-wing media outlet Newsmax — which receives 4 million unique monthly visitors and 130,000 print subscribers — published a column by conservative author John Perry arguing …
Wendy Button / Politics Daily:
Health Care Speechwriter for Edwards, Obama & Clinton Without Insurance Now  —  For the first time in my life, I am without health insurance and it is a terrible feeling.  —  In the past, I paid attention to the health care debate as a speechwriter who prepared speeches, talking points …
French minister in ‘boy sex’ row  —  France's Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand is facing intense pressure over a book he wrote that described paying for “young boys” in Thailand.  —  The book was written four years ago, before he joined the government, but is back in the headlines following …
Discussion: Swampland and The New Republic
Steve Farley /
Gun-toting soccer mom is shot dead … Meleanie Hain, the pistol-carrying Lebanon mom who received national attention for taking a loaded gun to her daughter's soccer game, was shot to death Wednesday night with her husband in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Fiasco Footnote  —  The authors of the 2007 Iran NIE have some explaining to do.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When it comes to politicized intelligence in the Bush years, the critics may finally have a point.  Perhaps the work of America's intelligence agencies was manipulated …
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Father of Palin's grandson to pose for Playgirl  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Levi Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure—his bare body.  —  Posing nude for Playgirl is next for the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandchild.  Johnston's attorney, Rex Butler …
US News:
Scientist: Carbon Dioxide Doesn't Cause Global Warming  —  A noted geologist who coauthored the New York Times bestseller Sugar Busters has turned his attention to convincing Congress that carbon dioxide emissions are good for Earth and don't cause global warming.
Discussion: and Dean's World
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Burr looking better  —  There is probably no politician in the country whose fate better exemplifies the shift in the national political climate over the last four months than Richard Burr.  —  His approval this month comes in at a very mediocre 36% with an almost equal 35% disapproving of his work in the Senate.
Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
Breaking: Cross-Dressing Escort Registered by ACORN Imprisoned for Voter Fraud, ACORN Probe Continues in Ohio  —  ACORN just can't seem to stay away from hookers.  —  The activist group, which has long worked with criminals as it preys on the weak and the troubled, is on the verge of yet another public relations catastrophe.
Choire Sicha / New York Times:
Blogged and Sold  —  NOT long ago I was approached by a brilliant marketing firm.  Their proposal: using any means necessary, could I convince America that a certain youth-appealing president, whose name rhymes with The Rock o' Llama, favored a specific brand of attire?
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
House GOP leaders voting against defense bill
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Chamber says 'we're not changing'  —  A defiant Tom Donohue …
Discussion: The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
“I'm in my place. I'm the speaker of the House”
Discussion: The Plum Line and Jezebel
Tim Mak / The New Majority:
Census May Have Hired Violent Criminals to Canvass Your Home
Jaya Narain / Daily Mail:
One gay man, two lesbians, a three-legged cat and a poisoned curry plot
Angie Drobnic Holan / PolitiFact:
The story:  —  Speed-reading the health care reform bill?
Discussion: The Politico and
Washington Wire:
Humor With a Political Punch: Lesson for GOP?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal