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3:45 PM ET, October 16, 2009

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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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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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Harkin: Final health care bill will have public option  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, the Democrat who chairs one of the Senate committees tasked with developing health care legislation, promised Friday that a health care bill will be on President Obama's desk before Christmas and will include a so-called “public option.”
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
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Sen. Harkin: Three ways to public option  —  The Senate has more than one way to get to agreement on the controversial public option, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said Friday.  —  Though Harkin insisted he continues to support a “robust” …
Discussion: The Hill and Des Moines Register
Al From / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Don't Need the Public Option
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
BREITBART.COM:
White House criticism of Fox increasing ratings: Murdoch
Discussion: The Swamp and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
On Newt Gringrich'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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Scozzafava to Switch Parties?
Discussion: American Power and Erick's blog
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC wades into New York special election
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TPMDC
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%.
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.
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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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 …
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 this happened today: … A Goldman executive as COO of the SEC's enforcement division.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 —
 
 
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
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At A&M, a Dance of Decorum for Obama Visit
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
CNN:
Clinton criticizes Bush handling of Afghan conflict
Discussion: The Page
Manu Raju / The Politico:
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Discussion: TPMDC
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
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Cries AGAIN On Air, Pining For A Simpler Time In America (VIDEO)
Discussion: Townhall.com and Politics Daily