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3:10 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Erick's blog and American Power
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Today Newt Gingrich Takes Himself Out of the 2012 Running  —  Conservatives have been a little concerned behind the scenes about 2012.  There are many stars on the right wanting to run, but many of them were going to be overshadowed by Newt Gingrich.  —  He has, deservedly or not …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Salon
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?
Discussion: Erick's blog
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
Al From / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Don't Need the Public Option
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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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 …
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%.
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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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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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.
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The Buzz:
Charlie Crist supporters alarmed with Rubio
Discussion: Salon
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.
The Lede:
Interview Sets Off Skeptics of Balloon Drama  —  Falcon Heene, fearful of being punished for messing around with his father's balloon, had been hiding out above the garage at the family's home in Fort Collins, Colo., his parents said.  —  But on Thursday evening, after Falcon and his family appeared on CNN …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, MyDD and Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jones will headline J Street conference  —  The White House is placing a major vote of confidence in J Street, the left-leaning Jewish group whose conference later this month has become the focus of a battle over the group's place in American Middle East politics.
Discussion: Commentary
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Grab A Mop”  —  “What I reject is when some folks say we should go back to the past policies when it was those very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.  Another way of putting it is when, you know, I'm busy and Nancy is busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess —
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 …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Patient Denied Care For Her Brain Tumor Says Insurers Want You To ‘Die Now, So We Can Save Money Later’  —  Yesterday, Dawn Smith — who has a brain tumor her insurer has refused to help treat — traveled from her home in Atlanta, Georgia to request a meeting with H. Edward Hanway, CEO of the health insurance giant CIGNA.
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.
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: Townhall.com and Politics Daily
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Ted Turner Passed Cash ‘Like a Joint,’ Now Feels ‘Like a Dummy’
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Journalistic Malpractice From Leavitt and Dubner
Daily Mail:
A strange, lonely and troubling death . . .
Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
Don't Cut The Payroll Tax
Milton J. Valencia / Boston Globe:
Harvard group cancels invitation to anti-immigration speaker
Discussion: 24Ahead and Wonk Room
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
DSCC beats GOP for third consecutive fundraising quarter
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report
 Earlier Items: 
Dara Kam / Post on Politics:
FPL linked to biz group's demand for investigation of utility regulator Argenziano
Discussion: The Buzz
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
At State, as in the Senate, she often talks softly …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael Brick / New York Times:
At A&M, a Dance of Decorum for Obama Visit
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Connie Hair / Human Events:
BREAKING: Dems Go Nuclear on Obamacare
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
CNN:
Michigan Dem responds to GOP charges about Muslim interns
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Think Progress
Associated Press:
Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.