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3:35 PM ET, October 22, 2009

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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.
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.
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 …
QHillyer / Washington Times:
Scozzafava Should Withdraw
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Examiner:   EXAMINER EDITORIAL HOT ZONE: Scozzafava should withdraw
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 and TalkLeft
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
W.H. leaning towards public option
Discussion: TPMDC
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Key senators may rebuff Obama on health care
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   LANDRIEU'S LINE IN THE SAND.... The AP reports this morning …
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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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Neocon Fainting Couch  —  When we last visited steely-eyed warrior Peter Wehner, he was leading the chairborne rangers in an epic battle against George Will, who Wehner decided had grown weak at heart over Afghanistan.  That was but a few weeks ago, but since then our valiant warrior …
Discussion: The Impolitic
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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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.
Discussion: Truthdig and Big Hollywood
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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:
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney's Speech Tonight
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 …
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 …
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.
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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Jules Crittenden:
Mock As We Say!  —  Not as we do!  —  Lefties resort to sexism vs. empowered woman!  Again!  (Caution: 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: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
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Thom Geier / EW.com:
Attention, Sarah Palin bashers: Lookalike book ‘Going Rouge’ is coming!
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 …
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
 
 
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Roll Call:
Inouye Hits Senate Milestone
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Landrieu blasts public option
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Bloomberg:
10/22: Bloomberg Leads Thompson By 16 Among Likely Voters
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Gothamist
Tanya Katterns / Stuff.co.nz:
Save the planet: eat a dog?
Time:
Home-Buyer Tax Credit Scrutinized
Discussion: The Big Picture and The Agonist
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Monkey Economics  —  Via Brad DeLong you won't want to miss …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
T. Boone Pickens: U.S. ‘entitled’ to Iraqi oil.
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Former President Bush to become motivational speaker
Danielle Ivory / The Huffington Post:
Rape Victim's Choice: Risk AIDS or Health Insurance?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story