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4:40 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.
QHillyer / Washington Times:
Scozzafava Should Withdraw
Discussion: National Review Online and Hot Air
Washington Examiner:   EXAMINER EDITORIAL HOT ZONE: Scozzafava should withdraw
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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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson: Reid, WH “leaning toward” public option  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the White House are leaning towards including a national public option — with a provision for states to opt out of it — in the Senate health care bill, Sen. Ben.  Nelson (D-Neb.) said Thursday.
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.
Stephanie Condon / Associated Press:
Liberals Open Fire on Harry Reid
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Miscalculation delivers loss on Medicare doctor's fix for Majority Leader Reid
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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:
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Neocon Fainting Couch
Discussion: The Impolitic
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney's Speech Tonight
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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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
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LANDRIEU'S LINE IN THE SAND.... The AP reports this morning …
Discussion: Wonkette
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Key senators may rebuff Obama on health care
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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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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Pay Czar to Slash Compensation at Seven Firms
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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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.
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 …
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
Democracy Corps:
Corzine Maintains Small Lead in Race for Governor  —  As the race for New Jersey governor enters the home stretch, a new survey conducted for Stan Greenberg and James Carville's organization Democracy Corps by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research finds the race stable with Democratic Governor Jon Corzine holding …
Discussion: TPMDC
 
 
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