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10:50 AM ET, October 16, 2009

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The Politico:
Exclusive: W.H. helped create corporate-backed health care campaign  —  At a meeting last April with corporate lobbyists, aides to President Barack Obama and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) helped set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, primarily financed by industry groups …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Hatchet Job So Bad It's Good  —  In the past, the insurance industry's power has been a major barrier to health-care reform.  Most notably, the industry paid for the infamous “Harry and Louise” ads that helped kill the Clinton plan.  But times have changed.
Lori Montgomery / Capitol Briefing:
CBO Estimates House Health Bill at $905B or Less  —  Congressional budget analysts have given House leaders cost estimates for two competing versions of their plan to overhaul the health-care system, concluding that one comes within striking distance of the $900 billion limit set by President Obama and the other falls below it.
Al From / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Don't Need the Public Option
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CBS News:
Do Dems Still Need 60 Senate Votes for Health Care?
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
The Politico:
Public option backers fight on
Discussion: The Hill and Prescriptions
Connie Hair / Human Events:
BREAKING: Dems Go Nuclear on Obamacare  —  House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) held a hearing this morning to certify that H.R. 3200 — the main House Obamacare bill which was the subject of all the town hall rage in August — has met all requirements to pass as a “budget reconciliation” measure.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Fox News:
House Panel Paves Way for ‘Nuclear Option’ in Health Care Reform Bill
Discussion: Townhall.com and Gateway Pundit
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
It's All Going According to Plan!
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX News vs. White House: Round three  —  In Glenn Beck's pursuit of every member of the Obama administration who ever hung a Che Guevera poster on his college dorm wall, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has become a new target for.... Well, for criticizing FOX News.
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Chuck Raasch / USA Today:
Keeping the Fox out of the White House
Jake Brooks / NY Daily News:
Meghan McCain twitter photo backlash leads to apology  —  Republican firebrand Meghan McCain's skimpy pajamas have her conservative followers all atwitter, forcing the daughter of failed 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain to apologize for posting a racy photo of her décolletage.
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Associated Press:
Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.  —  HAMMOND, La. — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.  —  Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish …
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Mary Foster / The Huffington Post:
Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
HuffPo, Rick Sanchez retract phony Limbaugh quotes  —  No harm in admitting the lie now that his NFL bid's dead.  First, via the Standard, comes this belated HuffPo postscript to a post that's three years old: … And now here's Sanchez, kinda sorta apologizing — on Twitter …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
John Edwards, Sarah Palin Both See Favorable Ratings Slide  —  Edwards' popularity down 27 points since January 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former presidential and vice presidential candidate John Edwards, embroiled in personal scandal, is rated favorably by 21% of Americans and unfavorably by 59%.
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Cries AGAIN On Air, Pining For A Simpler Time In America (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Glenn Beck was in the middle of pining for a ‘simpler time’ in America when he decided the best way to illustrate this idea was to show two advertisements from said 'simpler …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Townhall.com
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Newt Gingrich endorses Dede Scozzafava in NY-23 House race  —  Washington — In a major coup for her campaign, Republican Dede Scozzafava today will pick up the endorsement of Newt Gingrich, one of the nation's leading conservative figures and the architect of the “Republican Revolution” in the mid-1990s.
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Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy
Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Reality Moment  —  That which can't continue doesn't.  A nation can spend and spend, pile debt upon debt, but eventually there comes a reality moment when some leader emerges to say enough is enough and when decent people, looking around at themselves and their own best nature, respond by demanding a return to responsibility.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and marbury
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
$400 per gallon gas to drive debate over cost of war in Afghanistan  —  The Pentagon pays an average of $400 to put a gallon of fuel into a combat vehicle or aircraft in Afghanistan.  —  The statistic is likely to play into the escalating debate in Congress over the cost of a war that entered its ninth year last week.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Raw Story
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
No Nobel Results From Obama Foreign Policy  —  About the only thing more comical than Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was the reaction of those who deemed the award “premature,” as if the brilliance of Obama's foreign policy is so self-evident and its success so assured that if only the Norway Five …
New York Times:
Poll Finds Little Faith in New Jersey's Candidates  —  In New Jersey, one of only two states with governor's races this year, voters are gloomy about the future, upset about their own circumstances and deeply unsettled by the economy.  —  Still, they remain broadly supportive of President Obama …
CNN:
Clinton campaign debt dips below $1 million  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign debt from her failed 2008 presidential bid has fallen below the $1 million-mark for the first time since she launched her candidacy almost three years ago, according …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama Criticized as Too Cautious, Slow on Judicial Posts  —  President Obama has not made significant progress in his plan to infuse federal courts with a new cadre of judges, and liberal activists are beginning to blame his administration for moving too tentatively on what they consider a key priority.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Considers a New Assessment of Iran Threat  —  Amid Pressure After Latest Nuclear Revelations, Spy Agencies Rethink a 2007 Judgment That Weapons Effort Had Been Halted  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. spy agencies are considering whether to rewrite a controversial 2007 intelligence report …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 
 
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pence's trips to Iowa, South Carolina, spur White House chatter
Discussion: TPMDC and GOP 12
Andrew J. Hawkins / cityhallnews.com:
Adam Clayton Powell IV To Open Exploratory Committee For Rangel's Seat
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Bailed-Out Banks Raking In Big Profits
Discussion: msnbc.com
USA Today:
Wages tumble toward 18-year low
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
DHS Reshapes Its Immigration Enforcement Program
Discussion: The Page
Sarah Palin / National Review:
Drill  —  Petroleum is a major part of America's energy picture.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Page
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Regional inequities in health care reform
Discussion: The Greenroom
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Michigan Dem responds to GOP charges about Muslim interns
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMMuckraker
WCBS-TV:
Mid-October Snow Shocks Tri-Staters
Discussion: Redhot
Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
Liberals, Lay Off Obama
CNN:
Sky-high drama ends in the family attic