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9:05 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  —  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
Ezra Klein:
A guide to the public option compromises in the Senate  —  There are three “compromise” public options currently being considered in the U.S. Senate (and yes, I know many argue that the public option is itself a compromise, and there's something to that).  Ben Nelson is advocating one.
The Huffington Post:
Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option
Discussion: TPMDC, Firedoglake 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: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson: Reid, WH “leaning toward” public option
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
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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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Neocon Fainting Couch
Discussion: The Impolitic
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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Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Palin Supports Hoffman  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD just received a statement from Sarah Palin endorsing conservative Doug Hoffman for Congress:
Discussion: The Hill and Townhall.com
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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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Nazi looted art found at future site of Bush presidential library  —  Two valuable works of art looted by the Nazis during World War II have been discovered at Southern Methodist University (SMU), which is the future home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
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.
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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Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
The Israeli Left Implodes
Discussion: The Debate Link and RealClearWorld
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Two Democrats buck Rep. Towns, call for Countrywide VIP mortgage probe
Discussion: The Politico
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Rose More Than Forecast
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Riehl World View
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: ACS Blog
Tom Doggett / Reuters:
Pickens says U.S. firms ‘entitled’ to Iraqi oil
Roll Call:
36 Moderate Democrats Threaten to Vote Down Health Bill
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Organized crime's new target: Medicare, Medicaid
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Democracy Corps:
Corzine Maintains Small Lead in Race for Governor
Discussion: MyDD and TPMDC
Tanya Katterns / Stuff.co.nz:
Save the planet: eat a dog?
New York Times:
Democrats Lose Big Test Vote on Health Legislation