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7:30 PM ET, October 22, 2009

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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 …
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mary Landrieu Is Against The Public Option, But Does She Know What It Is?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
The Huffington Post:
Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC and Daily Kos
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson: Reid, WH “leaning toward” public option
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Stephanie Condon / Associated Press:
Liberals Open Fire on Harry Reid
Discussion: Hot Air
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Carper: Senate Bill Will Include A National Public Plan With An Opt Out
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LANDRIEU'S LINE IN THE SAND.... The AP reports this morning …
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
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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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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
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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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.
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Nazi looted art found at future site of Bush presidential library  —  Two valuable works of art looted by the Nazis during World War II have been discovered at Southern Methodist University (SMU), which is the future home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
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.
Tom Doggett / Reuters:
Pickens says U.S. firms ‘entitled’ to Iraqi oil  —  Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told Congress on Wednesday that U.S. energy companies are “entitled” to some of Iraq's crude because of the large number of American troops that lost their lives fighting in the country and the U.S. taxpayer money spent in Iraq.
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Court Deals Blow to Owners of Apartment Complex  —  The state's highest court dealt a financial blow on Thursday morning to the already beleaguered owners of the sprawling Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village complexes in Manhattan when it ruled that they improperly began charging market rents on thousands of apartments.
 
 
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David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crime Measure
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
A message for America  —  Pat Condell has a message to America.
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Obama continues to lead 2012 contests
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside The Beltway
BBC:
US paper seeks marijuana critic - but you must be ill to apply
CNN:
Organized crime's new target: Medicare, Medicaid
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Inouye Hits Senate Milestone
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