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11:10 AM ET, October 22, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Temporary Beltway Sanity  —  The doctor fix blows up in the Senate, no thanks to the AMA.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Yesterday saw some rare good news on the health-care front, with the stealth Democratic plan to move $247 billion in ObamaCare costs off the books collapsing in the Senate on a procedural vote of 47 to 53.
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Harry Reid Lashes Out at Republicans After Senate Sinks Medicare Measure  —  After a month of praising bipartisanship, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at the GOP on the Senate floor Wednesday when a Medicare measure he brought up for a vote failed amid concerns about its impact on the deficit.
Discussion: QandO and MyDD
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Miscalculation delivers loss on Medicare doctor's fix for Majority Leader Reid  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lost the first floor battle of the healthcare reform debate Wednesday when 12 Democrats and one Independent joined all Republicans to defeat a bill to halt Medicare cuts affecting doctors.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Goes Wobbly on Afghanistan  —  The president can sustain bipartisan support for the war if he demonstrates his personal commitment.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In an interview with CNN's John King on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said President Obama …
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Max Boot / New York Times:
There's No Substitute for Troops on the Ground
Discussion: WWNY
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
In Helmand, a model for success?
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
More Troops Are a Bad Bet
Discussion: Prairie Weather and James Fallows
Washington Post:
Obama administration to cut executive pay at 7 bailed-out firms  —  NEW YORK — The Obama administration plans to order companies that have received exceptionally large amounts of bailout money from the government to slash compensation for their highest-paid executives by about half on average …
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama, But Fox Isn't a News Organization?  —  Here's a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.  —  On Monday, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House.
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David Frum / THE WEEK News & Opinion:
Prelude to Republican fratricide  —  GOP candidates in New York and New Jersey should be cruising to victory this November.  But angry conservatives would rather hand power to Democrats than help moderate Republicans win.  —  At the beginning of the summer, most observers expected Republicans …
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Ken Blackwell / The Politico:
Reagan conservative in North Country  —  Doug Hoffman didn't have a chance to make his case to Republican voters in a primary in New York's 23rd Congressional District.  That's because the local GOP establishment chose its candidate behind closed doors, in a formerly smoke-filled room.
Discussion: Townhall.com
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney's Speech Tonight  —  Dick Cheney that is, who will be speaking at the Center for Security Policy tonight.  The speech is a real humdinger.  Check back here at 6 for the full text of the former vice president's remarks.
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Associated Press:
Latest N.J. governor's race poll has Corzine, Christie neck-and-neck with Daggett gaining  —  A poll released today found Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie running nearly even in the New Jersey governor's race.  —  The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll showed 39 percent …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Daggett getting into Ventura territory in polls
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Obama rallies Democrats for Corzine campaign
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Moderate Voice
Thom Geier / EW.com:
Attention, Sarah Palin bashers: Lookalike book ‘Going Rouge’ is coming!  —  We know that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can hunt, and even field-dress a moose, but how will she take to poachers on her book sales?  Start-up publisher OR Books has announced plans to publish Going Rouge …
The Hill:
‘Die quickly’ congressman creates namesofthedead.com; GOP cries foul  —  Rep. Alan Grayson, whose “die quickly” remark gained him much attention, has created a new website based on his meme called “namesofthedead.com.”  —  On the site, visitors can log the names and stories of friends …
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Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Leaders Confident on Health Bill Vote  —  House Democratic leaders sounded bullish Wednesday after launching an all-hands-on-deck effort to win support for a “robust” public insurance option in their health care bill.  —  “We think we have the votes now,” Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) told reporters.
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Centrists vs. Pelosi: Blue Dog Democrats beginning to show spending fatigue
Yossi Melman and / Haaretz:
Iran, Israel attend secret nuclear meet in Cairo  —  Israeli and Iranian representatives recently took part in a conference in Cairo on nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East, the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) said Thursday, but Tehran said the report on the meeting was untrue.
Republican Ways and Means:
7 Months After Stimulus 49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs  —  America Now Over 6 Million Jobs Shy of Administration's Projections  —  The table below compares the White House's February 2009 projection of the number of jobs that would be created by the 2009 stimulus law (through the end of 2010) …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Tzipi Livni Shows Prime Ministerial Stuff on J Street Conference  —  The more I listen to Congressional Opposition chief John Boehner as of late, the more I wish he could find the dignity and common ground for big objectives that Israel's Opposition Party Leader, Kadima Party chief Tzipi Livni …
Gregory B. Hladky / Hartford Advocate:
Republicans Overtweet  —  Twitter shuts down 33 fake accounts created by state Republicans in an attempt to lambast Dems  —  Barack Obama's victory last year left many Republicans bemoaning their party's ineptitude when it came to political exploitation of the Web.
Danielle Ivory / The Huffington Post:
Rape Victim's Choice: Risk AIDS or Health Insurance?  —  Huffington Post Investigative Fund  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Christina Turner feared that she might have been sexually assaulted after two men slipped her a knockout drug.  She thought she was taking proper precautions …
 
 
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Matt Frassica / New York Observer:
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Pakistan takes on the Taliban in South Waziristan
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
The Politico:
Conservatives roar; Republicans tremble
David Altig / macroblog:
The growing case for a jobless recovery
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
New jobless claims rise more than expected to 531K
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Half See Own Costs Worsening Under Healthcare Bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard, The Swamp and The Hill
Roger Pielke, Jr / Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog:
Giant Fish, Big Fish and Minnows of the Liberal Blogosphere
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Vitter's Office Finally Comments On Judge Who Denied Interracial Marriage