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1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2009


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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House Dems want Medicare for everyone  —  Say hello to “Medicare Part E” — as in, “Medicare for Everyone.”  —  House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare, an established government healthcare program that is better known than the public option.
Morgen Richmond / Big Government:
The Public Option Deception  —  The public option has been a political football since early summer.  The President has said more than once that he prefers it but will not demand it.  This was considered capitulation by many on the left who see the public option as necessary for “real” reform.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Pelosi to Include Medicare+5 Public Option in House Bill
Lori Montgomery / Capitol Briefing:
House Democrats' desired health bill would cost $871 billion
Discussion: Hot Air, Prairie Weather and
The Politico:
Obama strategy: Marginalize critics  —  This is the first of a two-part look at the marginalization of the GOP.  Tomorrow: GOP officials fear that the party's image is being defined increasingly by boisterous conservative commentators.  —  President Obama is working systematically …
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Volcker Fails to Sell a Bank Strategy  —  Listen to a top economist in the Obama administration describe Paul A. Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who endorsed Mr. Obama early in his election campaign and who stood by his side during the financial crisis.
Jennifer Ryan / Bloomberg:
King Suggests Splitting Up Largest Banks to Stem Risk
Discussion: The Big Picture
Red Square /
Obama's War on Fox News Becomes a Quagmire  —  THE WHITE HOUSE - Despite the President's promise of a swift and decisive victory, Obama's War on Fox News has developed all signs of an unwinnable quagmire, making the White House even more isolated in its unilateral attempts to crush the growing media insurgency.
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's New York Fiasco  —  Republicans try to lose a House seat.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Republicans are telling themselves that a political wave is building that could carry them to big election gains next year.  Judging by their performance so far in a special election in New York …
Discussion: Commentary, AmSpecBlog and Erick's blog
Philip Boroff / Bloomberg:
Carnegie Hall Stagehand Moving Props Makes $530,044  —  Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — After you practice for years and get to Carnegie Hall, it's almost better to move music stands than actually play the piano.  —  Depending on wattage, a star pianist can receive $20,000 a night at the 118-year-old hall …
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Oprah hopes Palin has the right stuff to win back viewers  —  Oprah Winfrey, on a campaign to climb back from last season's ratings slump, will attempt to kiss and make up with conservative viewers on Nov. 16 when she has Sarah Palin on her syndicated talk show .
Verne Gay / Newsday:   Oprah goes rogue, invites Palin on show
Washington Post:
U.S. deeply split on troop increase for Afghan war  —  Majority says nation lacks clear strategy  —  As President Obama and his war cabinet deliberate a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, Americans are evenly and deeply divided over whether he should send 40,000 more troops there …
Steven Rattner / Fortune:
Why we had to get rid of GM's CEO  —  The man who led the auto bailout tells about his shock at the state of the carmaker's finances and management. … Everyone knew Detroit's reputation for insular, slow-moving cultures.  Even by that low standard, I was shocked by the stunningly poor management …
Discussion: The Hill, Clusterstock and marbury
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Emanuel at the Epicenter: Then and Now  —  WASHINGTON — When Heath Shuler, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, was thinking about running for Congress in 2006, he found he had a new best friend.  Every time the phone rang, it seemed, it was Rahm Emanuel or someone Mr. Emanuel had told to call.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Ben Smith's Blog
Bill Donohue / Washington Post:
America's secular saboteurs  —  There are many ways cultural nihilists are busy trying to sabotage America these days: multiculturalism is used as a club to beat down Western civilization in the classroom; sexual libertines seek to upend the cultural order by attacking religion …
The Politico:
Clinton helps Deeds — sort of  —  It's doubtful that any of the few hundred people who turned up for Democrat Creigh Deeds at a Northern Virginia campaign office needed a reminder that their candidate is trailing badly in his race for governor.  —  They got one anyway …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Grassley Warns HHS Web Site May Be ‘Propaganda’  —  Senate Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is raising concerns that a Department of Health and Human Services Web site that urges visitors to send an e-mail to President Barack Obama praising his health care reform plan may violate rules against government-funded propaganda.
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Court papers claim Madoff's offices were full of cocaine, topless women  —  Bernie Madoff, cocaine kingpin?  —  New additions to a lawsuit against the jailed Ponzi schemer charge that he presided over an office so fueled by the drug that it was known as the “North Pole.”
Ezra Klein:
Will lower health-care costs mean higher wages?  —  As we went over yesterday, the theory of the excise tax is that employers will buy less costly health-care plans and put the money they save into wages.  Most of you had one question in response to that, which was well expressed …
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Limbaugh goes the extra mile  —  Shock jock turns on Andy Revkin after his comments on population and greenhouse gas emissions  —  US radio host Rush Limbaugh's main reason for existence is to go too far — and then drag mainstream conservative discourse out there with him.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Reporter never yelled at Scozzafava  —  Dede Scozzafava's campaign is now retracting its accusation that Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack yelled at her - which was what prompted her husband to call the police - after McCormack played the audiotape of the incident to the Associated Press:
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Former rivals Plouffe, Schmidt team up  —  (CNN) - Nearly a year after Election Day 2008, the campaign managers for John McCain and Barack Obama, who spent last year at war, have joined forces.  —  McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt and David Plouffe, his counterpart on the Obama campaign …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
CDC shocker: Swine Flu killing young people at surprising rate … The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have confirmed what public health officials have been saying for some time.  The Swine Flu, pandemic H1N1, is unusually deadly for young people in the United States.
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Democrats lock Republicans out of committee room  —  Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren't present.  —  Towns' action came after repeated public ridicule from the leading Republican …
Rudy Giuliani /
General Powell  —  is one of the most distinguished and admired men in America.  As a four-star General, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Gen. Powell has experienced leadership at the highest levels.  Gen. Powell shows you precisely what it takes to be a leader …
Leonard Downie / Financial Times:
American journalism needs public support  —  American journalism is at a transformational moment, in which an era of dominant newspapers is rapidly giving way to one in which the gathering and distribution of news is more widely dispersed.  As is the case with regional newspapers in Britain …
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Zeroing in on the dollar's decline
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The New Untouchables  —  Last summer I attended a talk …
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Mouth of the Potomac
Wall Street Journal:
Mets Win One: Owners Made Money on Madoff
Discussion: DailyFinance and Clusterstock
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Beck says ‘progressives’ …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Takes a Health Care Hiatus
Discussion: The Note
David Rohde / New York Times:
A Drone Strike and Dwindling Hope
Discussion: Danger Room and Washington Post
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Some Republicans say they need to offer options, not just opposition to reform
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Voting Present Is Not an Option — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
Senior broadcasters on cocaine ‘praised for creative genius’
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Maddow Finally Apologizes for Saying Limbaugh Wanted MLK's Assassin …
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Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
'Jesus's face' spotted on the toilet door in Ikea Glasgow

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Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
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