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10:50 PM ET, October 22, 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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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
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPMDC
The Huffington Post:
Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option
Discussion: TPMDC, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Carper: Senate Bill Will Include A National Public Plan With An Opt Out
Stephanie Condon / Associated Press:
Liberals Open Fire on Harry Reid
Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Palin Supports Hoffman  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD just received a statement from Sarah Palin endorsing conservative Doug Hoffman for Congress:
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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: The Note, Daily Kos and TPMDC
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 …
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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 …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Behind 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 Midtown Manhattan steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tê te.
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Michelle Malkin:
WITHDRAW  —  It's time for the GOP to cut bait on radical leftist Dede Scozzafava.  —  Dump Dede and quick.  —  I repeat: Can the Republican establishment hear conservatives now?  —  NRO's Campaign Spot  —  RedState  —  Washington Times  —  Washington Examiner  —  The Conservatives
Discussion: Don Surber and Stephen Kruiser
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama continues to lead 2012 contests  —  Almost a year after his election as President, Barack Obama continues to lead his most likely 2012 rivals in hypothetical contests for reelection.  —  Obama leads Mike Huckabee 47-43, Mitt Romney 48-40, Sarah Palin 52-40, and Tim Pawlenty 50-30.
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Rasmussen Reports:
73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base
Discussion: The Hill and Hit & Run
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Mondoweiss
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:   T. Boone Pickens: U.S. ‘entitled’ to Iraqi oil.
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
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
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 …
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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Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
The Israeli Left Implodes
Discussion: RealClearWorld and The Debate Link
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Two Democrats buck Rep. Towns, call for Countrywide VIP mortgage probe
Discussion: The Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Arguments Against Gay Marriage Literally Stop Making Sense
Nokia:
Nokia sues Apple in Delaware District Court for infringement …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Engadget
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crime Measure
Discussion: The Politico and ACS Blog
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
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
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Democracy Corps:
Corzine Maintains Small Lead in Race for Governor
Discussion: MyDD and TPMDC
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Save the planet: eat a dog?