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6:25 PM ET, October 22, 2009

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Newt.org:
On the NY23 Race, We Have A Practical Choice To Make  —  In the statement and audio clips below, Speaker Gingrich explains his decision to endorse Dede Scozzafava in the NY 23 special election:  —  Through my experience as Speaker of the House and building a Republican majority in 1994 …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
It's Time for Dede Scozzafava and Her False Police Report to Go — By: Jim Geraghty  —  When a candidate commits a crime, the usual bonds of loyalty that a party requires are severed.  When Sen. Larry Craig got caught in the airport restroom, Mitt Romney threw him off his campaign team.
QHillyer / Washington Times:
Scozzafava Should Withdraw
Discussion: National Review Online and Hot Air
The Note:
Public Option: It's Back  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  The public option.  The idea was believed to be dead.  Liberals wanted it, but Senate vote counters insisted it simply could not pass the Senate.  The dynamic, however, has changed.  The public option may be back from dead.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Snowe: I Do Not Support Opt Out Compromise, Would Likely Filibuster Public Option Bill  —  In a huddle with reporters moments ago, I asked Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) for her thoughts on a public option compromise that would allow states to opt out of a national government insurance program …
Stephanie Condon / Associated Press:
Liberals Open Fire on Harry Reid
Discussion: Hot Air
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Neocon Fainting Couch  —  When we last visited steely-eyed warrior Peter Wehner, he was leading the chairborne rangers in an epic battle against George Will, who Wehner decided had grown weak at heart over Afghanistan.  That was but a few weeks ago, but since then our valiant warrior …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Political Punch:
At Bush Administration Reunion, Cheney Attacks Obama ... Again
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Landrieu blasts public option  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) echoed Republican criticisms of a public option today, suggesting it would bankrupt the country.  —  Describing the public option as a “government-run, taxpayer subsidized, national insurance plan,” Landrieu said it would likely replicate …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPMDC
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mary Landrieu Is Against The Public Option, But Does She Know What It Is?
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TPMDC and Wonkette
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Key senators may rebuff Obama on health care
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   LANDRIEU'S LINE IN THE SAND.... The AP reports this morning …
The Politico:
Conservatives roar; GOP trembles  —  Many top Republicans are growing worried that the party's chances for reversing its electoral routs of 2006 and 2008 are being wounded by the flamboyant rhetoric and angry tone of conservative activists and media personalities, according to interviews with GOP officials and operatives.
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The Politico:
Pence: Rush, Beck speak for many  —  The chairman of the House Republican Conference says it's “hogwash” that GOP leaders are worried about what Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party movement are doing to their party's image.  —  In a story headlined “Conservatives Roar; Republicans Tremble …
Pew Research Center:
Fewer Americans See Solid Evidence of Global Warming  —  Modest Support for “Cap and Trade” Policy  —  There has been a sharp decline over the past year in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising.  And fewer also see global warming …
New York Times:
Democrats Lose Big Test Vote on Health Legislation  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats lost a big test vote on health care legislation on Wednesday as the Senate blocked action on a bill to increase Medicare payments to doctors at a cost of $247 billion over 10 years.
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday issued a proposal designed to ensure that the incentive compensation policies of banking organizations do not undermine the safety and soundness of their organizations.  —  The proposal includes two supervisory initiatives.
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Wall Street Journal:
Pay Czar to Slash Compensation at Seven Firms
BBC:
REM call for Guantanamo closure  —  Rock bands including Pearl Jam and REM have joined a coalition of musicians to support the US president's efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.  —  The National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, which also includes former military officers, launched on Tuesday.
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The Huffington Post:
Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment May Be Stripped By Senior Dem, Sources Say  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  An amendment that would prevent the government from working with contractors who denied victims of assault the right to bring their case to court is in danger of being watered …
Hilary Stout / New York Times:
For Some Parents, Shouting Is the New Spanking  —  JACKIE KLEIN is a devoted mother of two little boys in the suburbs of Portland, Ore. She spends hours ferrying them to soccer and Cub Scouts.  She reads child-development books.  She can emulate one of those pitch-perfect calm maternal tones to warn …
The Huffington Post:
AHIP Lobbyist To GOP: Don't Give “Comfort To The Enemy” On Health Care  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A top lobbyist for the major private insurance industry trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), urged Congressional Republicans to not even consider helping Democrats pass …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Economic Adviser: The Stimulus' Impact on Economic Growth Has Past  —  An interesting tidbit from Dr. Christina Romer's testimony before the Joint Economic Committee.  Citing economic analysts she says the fiscal stimulus will have its greatest impact on growth in the second and third quarters of 2009.
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Lauren Cox / ABCNEWS:
Low Testosterone = A Vote for McCain?  —  Study Shows Testosterone Levels of McCain Supporters Dropped on Election Night  —  Republican men nationwide may have experienced a drop in testosterone levels the night Barack Obama was elected president, according to the results of a small study …
Discussion: The Reaction
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN NPR.... Ken Rudin is the political editor for NPR.  To see him swallow the latest Republican attack meme whole is more than a little painful.  Here's his commentary on “Talk of the Nation” yesterday, complaining about the White House's criticism of Fox News. … I'd like to think Ken Rudin knows better.
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Unable to Say Where Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans to Buy Health Insurance  —  (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) would not say what part of the Constitution grants Congress the power to force every American to buy health insurance …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weasel Zippers
Roll Call:
36 Moderate Democrats Threaten to Vote Down Health Bill  —  Three dozen moderate Democrats are warning Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) that they must show that their health care bill will cut long-term costs or they will vote it down.
 
 
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