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9:50 AM ET, October 22, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Temporary Beltway Sanity  —  The doctor fix blows up in the Senate, no thanks to the AMA.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Yesterday saw some rare good news on the health-care front, with the stealth Democratic plan to move $247 billion in ObamaCare costs off the books collapsing in the Senate on a procedural vote of 47 to 53.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Miscalculation delivers loss on Medicare doctor's fix for Majority Leader Reid
Discussion: msnbc.com and Hot Air
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Harry Reid Lashes Out at Republicans After Senate Sinks Medicare Measure
Discussion: QandO and MyDD
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama, But Fox Isn't a News Organization?  —  Here's a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.  —  On Monday, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Revealed: Who else was at that secret Obama briefing with Olby and Maddow?  —  Tantalizing but frustrating, as it's only a partial list; without the full attendance sheet, it's impossible to say definitively that the most transparent administration evah was playing only to its cheerleaders.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama hits opponents with Chicago brass knuckles
Discussion: GayPatriot and Betsy's Page
Washington Post:
Obama administration to cut executive pay at 7 bailed-out firms  —  NEW YORK — The Obama administration plans to order companies that have received exceptionally large amounts of bailout money from the government to slash compensation for their highest-paid executives by about half on average …
Discussion: Shopfloor
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
U.S. to Order Steep Pay Cuts at Firms That Got Most Aid
The Hill:
‘Die quickly’ congressman creates namesofthedead.com; GOP cries foul  —  Rep. Alan Grayson, whose “die quickly” remark gained him much attention, has created a new website based on his meme called “namesofthedead.com.”  —  On the site, visitors can log the names and stories of friends …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Alan Grayson Unveils ‘Names of the Dead’ Web Site — And Gets Punked With Joke Names  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has set up a new Web site, Names of the Dead, to memorialize Americans who died because they had no health insurance: … Grayson announced this new Web site on the House floor:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Alan Grayson: Fox News, GOP are the enemies of America, peace, puppies
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Exclusive: Holbrooke on Holbrooke  —  Washington has been abuzz with stories speculating about the role of special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, the gregarious U.S. diplomat who has been somewhat absent from public appearances recently.
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Labor, abortion rights groups give to Dede  —  Fundraising reports for all the candidates in the New York special election are due today, but the candidates have been required to report all donations above $1,000 in the final weeks of the race.  —  And, to get a sense why conservatives …
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Thom Geier / EW.com:
Attention, Sarah Palin bashers: Lookalike book ‘Going Rouge’ is coming!  —  We know that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can hunt, and even field-dress a moose, but how will she take to poachers on her book sales?  Start-up publisher OR Books has announced plans to publish Going Rouge …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Quarterly Approval Average Slips Nine Points to 53%  —  Largest second- to third-quarter drop for an elected president  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In Gallup Daily tracking that spans Barack Obama's third quarter in office (July 20 through Oct. 19), the president averaged a 53% job approval rating.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Gallup: First-year quarterly drop in Obama's approval rating …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney's Speech Tonight  —  Dick Cheney that is, who will be speaking at the Center for Security Policy tonight.  The speech is a real humdinger.  Check back here at 6 for the full text of the former vice president's remarks.
Max Boot / New York Times:
There's No Substitute for Troops on the Ground  —  “I HOPE people who say this war is unwinnable see stories like this.  This is what winning in a counterinsurgency looks like.”  —  Lt. Col. William F. McCollough, commander of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment …
Discussion: WWNY
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
More Troops Are a Bad Bet
Republican Ways and Means:
7 Months After Stimulus 49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs  —  America Now Over 6 Million Jobs Shy of Administration's Projections  —  The table below compares the White House's February 2009 projection of the number of jobs that would be created by the 2009 stimulus law (through the end of 2010) …
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
New jobless claims rise more than expected to 531K  —  First-time jobless claims rise more than expected to 531,000, continuing claims fall  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Gregory B. Hladky / Hartford Advocate:
Republicans Overtweet  —  Twitter shuts down 33 fake accounts created by state Republicans in an attempt to lambast Dems  —  Barack Obama's victory last year left many Republicans bemoaning their party's ineptitude when it came to political exploitation of the Web.
Danielle Ivory / The Huffington Post:
Rape Victim's Choice: Risk AIDS or Health Insurance?  —  Huffington Post Investigative Fund  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Christina Turner feared that she might have been sexually assaulted after two men slipped her a knockout drug.  She thought she was taking proper precautions …
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Half See Own Costs Worsening Under Healthcare Bill
Discussion: The Swamp and The Hill
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems seek cover to boost debt limit
Ken Blackwell / The Politico:
Reagan conservative in North Country
Discussion: Townhall.com
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Centrists vs. Pelosi: Blue Dog Democrats beginning to show spending fatigue
Discussion: New York Times and Don Surber
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Tzipi Livni Shows Prime Ministerial Stuff on J Street Conference
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Ron Kampeas Pulls Out of J Street Conference
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Roger Pielke, Jr / Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog:
Giant Fish, Big Fish and Minnows of the Liberal Blogosphere
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks at the United States Institute of Peace
Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Another former Gitmo detainee killed in a shootout
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Vitter's Office Finally Comments On Judge Who Denied Interracial Marriage