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8:30 AM ET, October 23, 2009

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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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New York Times:
Senate Leader Takes Risk Pushing Public Insurance Plan  —  WASHINGTON — In pushing to include a government-run health insurance plan in the health care bill, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, is taking a calculated gamble that the 60 members of his caucus could support the plan if it included a way for states to opt out.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Public Option Playing Field, in Two Dimensions
Discussion: Open Congress
The Huffington Post:
Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
The Public Option Comeback
Discussion: The ChamberPost
Prescriptions:
Senate Majority Leader Reid Leaning Toward ‘Public Option’ for Insurance
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Behind the War Between White House and Fox  —  WASHINGTON — Late last month, the senior White House adviser David Axelrod and Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News, met in an empty Palm steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tê te.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: White House tries to bar Fox News from interviewing pay czar  —  Decide for yourself what the most disgraceful aspect of this is.  Was it the fact that Gibbs told Jake Tapper explicitly on Monday that the White House wouldn't try to dictate to the press pool …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Unprecedented: White House Tries to Ban Fox from Press Pool  —  Today the White House stepped up its attack on Fox News, announcing that the network would no longer be able to conduct interviews with officials as a member of the Press Pool.  The Pool is a five-member group consisting of ABC …
The Politico:
W.H. attacks worry moderate Dems
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Opinionator
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-23 race first test of tea party power  —  Tea party activists from across the nation are rallying around the House special election in upstate New York, viewing it as the first electoral test of the nascent conservative movement's political muscle.  —  Organizers up and down the East Coast report …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin backs Hoffman in NY-23  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday endorsed Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava, the Republican Party's choice, in the special election for New York's 23rd congressional district.  —  “The people of the 23rd Congressional District …
Discussion: Daily Kos, WWNY and TPMDC
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Palin Endorses Hoffman  —  Sarah Palin's decision to endorse the Conservative party candidate over the Republican nominee in a special House election in upstate New York is the latest example that the former Alaska governor's allegiance is to her conservative principles rather than the edicts of the party.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Palin Supports Hoffman
Discussion: The Jawa Report and TPMDC
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin endorses in New York race, while Pawlenty holds back
The Note:
Palin ‘Going Rogue’ in Upstate New York
Washington Post:
Deeds should've listened to us, senior Obama officials say  —  Top Democrats seek to shield Obama in case of election loss  —  Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state …
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
The Rachel Maddow Show: Indefensible  —  As Rachel reports, it looks like the vote taken by 30 Republicans to protect contractors rather than rape victims is not playing very well for them in their local papers.  —  Jamie Leigh Jones and her attorney joined Rachel to talk about what happened …
Rasmussen Reports:
73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base  —  President Obama told an audience at a Democratic Party fundraiser Wednesday night that Republicans often “do what they're told,” but GOP voters don't think their legislators listen enough to them.
Discussion: The Hill
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama continues to lead 2012 contests
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
Poll: US belief in global warming is cooling  —  WASHINGTON — Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming.  —  Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says.  And the share of people who believe pollution caused …
Discussion: Power Line, Vox Popoli and QandO
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Pew Research Center:
Fewer Americans See Solid Evidence of Global Warming
Emily Kaiser / City Pages:
Bong water is an illegal drug, Minn. Supreme Court rules  —  Time to dump your bong water in case the feds show up at your door.  They might think you actually plan to drink it later.  According to a split decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court, a person in possession of more than 25 grams …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Boston Herald:
Bay State liberals shun Barack Obama's visit  —  President Obama blows into the bluest state today facing a cold shoulder from once true-blue admirers, as gay rights activists, anti-war protesters and vexed environmentalists vow to picket a fund-raiser he's headlining for Gov. Deval Patrick - a marquee event that hasn't even sold out.
 
 
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BBC:
UK recession longest in decades
Discussion: Clusterstock
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Democratic Party Boss Convicted; Christie Accuses Corzine …
Discussion: Big Government and RedState
BBC:
Angry scenes face far-right leader at BBC
Discussion: Reuters and Media Decoder
Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
The Israeli Left Implodes
Discussion: RealClearWorld
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Two Democrats buck Rep. Towns, call for Countrywide probe
Discussion: The Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Arguments Against Gay Marriage Literally Stop Making Sense
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crime Measure
Discussion: The Politico and ACS Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
A message for America  —  Pat Condell has a message to America.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Jihad Watch
Roll Call:
36 Moderate Democrats Threaten to Vote Down Health Bill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Nazi looted art found at future site of Bush presidential library
Lauren Cox / ABCNEWS:
Low Testosterone = A Vote for McCain?
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and The Reaction