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4:55 PM ET, October 16, 2009

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Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy  —  PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — The rise of conservative “tea party” activists around the country has created a dilemma for Republicans.  They are breathing life into the party's quest to regain power.  But they're also waging war …
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
On Newt Gingrich's Endorsement  —  A lot of people have called me and emailed me to say that the original post that was here was too rough on former Speaker Gingrich.  I'll concede that this could be the case and replace the text with this instead.  —  For several weeks conservative leaders …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Shouldn't the Republican Establishment Help a Republican Win a Congressional Seat?  —  A new poll in the November 3 special election for the congressional seat, NY-23, vacated by Army Secretary John McHugh, confirms what knowledgeable observers have suspected for a while …
Michelle Malkin:
An ACORN-Friendly, Big Labor-Backing, Tax-and-Spend Radical in GOP Clothing  —  Yes, it's time for the upside-down elephant.  The Stupid Party is at it again.  The subject of today's column: An abomination in the NY23 special congressional race to replace former GOP Rep. John McHugh …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Scozzafava to Switch Parties?  —  Will Dede Scozzafava, the liberal Republican running in the November 3 special election for Army Secretary John McHugh's open upstate New York seat, stay in the Republican party in the (unlikely) event that she wins?  Would she run in 2010 as a Republican—facing what would likely be a tough primary?
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Compromise is a Two-Way Street  —  Al From has one of these op-eds where you urge liberals to drop hopes for a public option in the interests of being pragmatic and passing health reform.  I sort of agree with this—reform is worth doing even without a public option.
Discussion: TalkLeft and MoJo Blog Posts
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Harkin: Final health care bill will have public option
Al From / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Don't Need the Public Option
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Sen. Harkin: Three ways to public option
Discussion: The Hill and Des Moines Register
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Don't Call Me a Slut  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Hours after The Daily Beast's Meghan McCain posted a self-portrait on Twitter it made national news and she was a pariah.  But she says it's the media who are the real boobs.  —  On Wednesday I posted a hastily-taken self-portrait on Twitter …
The Politico:
Exclusive: How Dems set stage for 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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BREITBART.COM:
White House criticism of Fox increasing ratings: Murdoch
Discussion: The Swamp and JammieWearingFool
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%.
The Lede:
Interview Sets Off Skeptics of Balloon Drama  —  Updated |  10:45 a.m. It was, apparently, a heartwarming tale — the 6-year-old Colorado boy who was reportedly carried aloft in a wayward helium balloon on Thursday, only to turn up several hours later after a frantic, widely televised search.
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Liz Robbins / The Lede:
Heene Family Is Being Investigated for Possible Balloon Hoax
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 …
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Daily Mail:
A strange, lonely and troubling death . . .  The news of Stephen Gately's death was deeply shocking.  It was not just that another young star had died pointlessly.  —  Through the recent travails and sad ends of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger and many others, fans know to expect the unexpected …
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Charlie Brooker / Guardian:   Dancing on Gately's grave. For money
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.
Mary E. O'Leary / New Haven Register:
Lieberman says he would vote to let health care reform motion proceed  —  U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., whose vote could be crucial to breaking an expected GOP filibuster on health care legislation, Thursday said he would consider voting to move the bill forward …
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BBC:
UN backs Gaza ‘war crimes’ report  —  The UN Human Rights Council has backed a report into the Israeli offensive in Gaza that accuses both Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes.  —  The report by Richard Goldstone calls for credible investigations by Israel and Hamas …
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
The U.N. Human Rights Council
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Juliet Fletcher / pressofAtlanticCity.com:
Christie's weight, Corzine's beard: Politics goes skin deep  —  By any standard, what David Rice said to Chris Christie took guts.  —  But Rice was glad afterward that he said it.  —  Ambling up to the Republican candidate for governor last week at an event in Monmouth Junction …
Discussion: TPMDC
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. Is Still Cagey About Oswald Mystery  —  WASHINGTON — Is the Central Intelligence Agency covering up some dark secret about the assassination of John F. Kennedy?  —  Probably not.  But you would not know it from the C.I.A.'s behavior.  —  For six years, the agency has fought …
Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Barney Frank, Predatory Lender  —  Almost two-thirds of all bad mortgages in our financial system were bought by government agencies or required by government regulations.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Recent reports that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will suffer default rates …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Another Goldman executive named to key government post as its profits skyrocket  —  (updated below)  —  Apparently, the U.S. government didn't have enough Goldman Sachs executives in key financial and regulatory positions, so the following happened this week:
John / The City Square:
A Tea Party greets Obama in San Francisco  —  Even in San Francisco, Pres. Obama cannot escape protesters.  He held a fundraiser at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco tonight (Thursday) and a crowd turned out across the street on Union Square to let him know what they thought …
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Charlie Crist supporters worried  —  The most persistent rumor this week: Gov. Charlie Crist 44 percent Marco Rubio 30 percent in the race for U.S. Senate.  The poll allegedly is the Florida Chamber of Commerce's, but president Mark Wilson isn't calling us back.  —  Is it true?  We have no idea.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Jones Street  —  The anti-Israel organization J Street has been hemorraghing sponsors for its conference as Senators and Congressmen learned of its true agenda.  Just in the last few hours, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA) …
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.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
It's All Going According to Plan!  —  Peter Beinart thinks Obama's on track to success.  Actually, Beinart understates the favorability of the circumstances.  If, like me, you assume that the most desirable and popular part of Obama's agenda is health care reform, while the rest of it is studded …
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Indicted NY Financier Gave Big To Hillary and Terror Charity
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Bloomberg:
Ted Turner Passed Cash ‘Like a Joint,’ Now Feels ‘Like a Dummy’
Discussion: The Swamp and Clusterstock
Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
Don't Cut The Payroll Tax
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Michael Brick / New York Times:
At A&M, a Dance of Decorum for Obama Visit
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Ensign pulls in less than $33K
Discussion: Swing State Project and TPMDC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Grab A Mop”
Connie Hair / Human Events:
BREAKING: Dems Go Nuclear on Obamacare
Discussion: JammieWearingFool