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1:10 PM 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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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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson: Reid, WH “leaning toward” public option
Discussion: Firedoglake
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Harry Reid Lashes Out at Republicans After Senate Sinks Medicare Measure
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, QandO and MyDD
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Miscalculation delivers loss on Medicare doctor's fix for Majority Leader Reid
Discussion: msnbc.com and Hot Air
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.
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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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Supports Conservative Party's Doug Hoffman In NY-23  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared yesterday on Laura Ingraham's radio show — and called upon listeners to support Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in the NY-23 special election, instead of the moderate Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Bachmann Says Dole And Frist Represent A 'Non-Pro-Freedom Agenda …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
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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Center For Security Policy:
Cheney: “We cannot protect this country by putting politics over security, and turning the guns on our own guys”  —  On Wednesday night, October 21, former Vice President Dick Cheney received the Center's 20th Keeper of the Flame Award.  —  Here are the Vice President's prepared remarks:
Discussion: Think Progress and Emptywheel
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cheney hammers ‘afraid’ Obama on national security
Discussion: The Swamp
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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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama …
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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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
How John Kerry got the Afghan leader to see sense.  —  Sen. John Kerry's successful mission to Kabul—in which he convinced Afghan President Hamid Karzai to hold a second-round runoff to August's fraud-soaked election—suggests that the Obama administration is putting the squeeze on Karzai …
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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 …
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Jules Crittenden:
Mock As We Say!  —  Not as we do!  —  Lefties resort to sexism vs empowered woman.  (Don't try this with the sitting president) Entertainment Weekly: … Such a good joke, they're all telling it. … It's OK.  Making fun of a powerful self-made woman of backwoods origins is good clean fun!
Discussion: Deceiver.com
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 …
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Health care groups lobby at record pace
Discussion: Time and OpenSecrets.org
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 …
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 …
Matt Frassica / New York Observer:
At n+1 Panel, the Cat Got Douthat's Tongue on Topic of of Gay Marriage  —  Ross Douthat, conservative op-ed columnist for the New York Times, was made visibly uncomfortable for a moment while onstage last night at the New School's Tishman auditorium.  Having sailed through a discussion titled …
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.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
T. Boone Pickens: U.S. ‘entitled’ to Iraqi oil.  —  Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has in recent years been involved in efforts to develop alternative energy.  He has even developed his own energy independence plan, dubbed “The Pickens Plan,” which on its website proudly pledges to reduce …
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
Torture songs spur a protest most vocal  —  Musicians call for release of records on Guantanamo detainee treatment  —  Was the theme to “Sesame Street” really played to torture prisoners held at Guantanamo and other detention camps?  What about Don McLean's “American Pie”?  Or the Meow Mix jingle?
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPM LiveWire
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) …
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Court Deals Blow to Owners of Huge Apartment Complex  —  The Court of Appeals 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..
Max Boot / New York Times:
There's No Substitute for Troops on the Ground  —  “I HOPE people who say this war is unwinnable see stories like this.  This is what winning in a counterinsurgency looks like.”  —  Lt. Col. William F. McCollough, commander of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment …
Discussion: Prairie Weather, WWNY and James Fallows
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.
 
 
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Monkey Economics  —  Via Brad DeLong you won't want to miss …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
James Robinson / Guardian:
Griffin enters BBC TV Centre despite protests
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Darfur  —  Dictators and double standards.  —  Printer
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Florida Senate
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney says Obama ‘dithering’ on Afghanistan …
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Former President Bush to become motivational speaker
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Post Tech
The Politico:
Conservatives roar; GOP trembles
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Vitter's Office Finally Comments On Judge Who Denied Interracial Marriage