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8:20 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
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson: Reid, WH “leaning toward” public option
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
The Huffington Post:
Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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
New York Times:
Democrats Lose Big Test Vote on Health Legislation
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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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Neocon Fainting Couch
Discussion: The Impolitic
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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 …
Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
Hoffman visits the Times  —  We just had a wacky hour at the Watertown Daily Times.  —  Blogger Robert Stacy McCain, who is following Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman around today, banged out a story at my desk while I was inside the editor and co-publisher's office watching the fireworks.
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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.
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Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Unprecedented: White House Tries to Ban Fox from Press Pool
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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 …
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
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
A message for America  —  Pat Condell has a message to America.  —  Transcript of Pat Condell's Video: Wake up, America (hat tip KGS)  —  You remember the cartel of Islamic dictatorships that hijacked the United Nations Human Rights Council don't you?  And then promptly passed a resolution banning the criticism of religion?
Discussion: The Other McCain and Jihad Watch
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
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.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Two Democrats buck Rep. Towns, call for Countrywide VIP mortgage probe  —  Two junior Democrats are urging their leaders to open an investigation into the Countrywide VIP mortgage program.  —  Rep. Paul Hodes (N.H.), who is in his second House term, and freshman Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.) …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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