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1:35 PM ET, October 8, 2009


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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Is Winning the Health-Care Debate  —  Gallup says independents now favor Republicans by nine points.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Passing health-care reform could be harmful to the health of congressional Democrats.  —  Just look at how President Barack Obama's standing has fallen as he has pushed for reform.
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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
THERE IS NO BAUCUS BILL  —  The internet is alive with the sound …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Labor's Fight Over Funding Health-Care Reform.
Barb Shelly / Midwest Voices:
Bob Dole outs naysayer Mitch McConnell
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 …
New York Times:
Afghan War Debate Now Leans to Focus on Al Qaeda
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Army Officers Criticize Rebuke of Gen. McChrystal
Discussion: Commentary
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
The Huffington Post:
Dems Discussing Public Option With Opt-Out Clause: The Silver Bullet?  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Democrats have begun discussions on a compromise approach to health care reform that would establish a robust, national public option for insurance coverage but give individual states the right to opt out of the program.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Latest on the Public Option
Discussion: TPMDC and No More Mister Nice Blog
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer: Opt-Out Public Option Gaining Steam
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Republicans Hammered in Public Opinion  —  A new Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama's approval rating holding steady at 50%, but finds Republicans get their lowest grades since Obama was elected on several measures:  — Voters disapprove 64% to 25% of the way Republicans in Congress …
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.
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.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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 …
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 …
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 …
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
A Better Way to Health Reform  —  The American health-care system suffers from three serious problems: Health-care costs are rising much faster than our incomes.  More than 15 percent of the population has neither private nor public insurance.  And the high cost of health care can lead …
Discussion: Economist's View and EconLog
Sen. Arlen Specter / The Huffington Post:   Supporting a Robust Public Option
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and INSTAPUTZ
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
“I'm in my place. I'm the speaker of the House”
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
REPORT: ‘We Will Overthrow The Government’ …
French minister in ‘boy sex’ row
Nicholas Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
the unusual economics of the film industry
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Ezra Klein
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
Discussion: Don Surber
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Burr looking better
 Earlier Items: 
Angie Drobnic Holan / PolitiFact:
The story:  —  Speed-reading the health care reform bill?
Washington Wire:
Humor With a Political Punch: Lesson for GOP?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alexander C. Hart / Los Angeles Times:
Obama and students space out at the White House
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette