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10:35 AM ET, October 24, 2009


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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sources: White House Pushing Back Against Senate Public Option Opt Out Compromise  —  Multiple sources tell TPMDC that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is very close to rounding up 60 members in support of a public option with an opt out clause, and are continuing to push skeptical members.
Washington Post:
Prognosis improves for public insurance  —  MOMENTUM SHIFT IS DRAMATIC Top Democrats push option in health-care legislation  —  Democratic leaders in the Senate and House have concluded that a government-run insurance plan is the cheapest way to expand health coverage …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
White House Denies Report That It Wants To Weaken Public Plan  —  The White House is denying reports that officials are pressuring Sen. Harry Reid to scale back the scope of the “public option” that'll be attached to the Senate health insurance bill.  Talking Points Memo reported …
Ezra Klein:
White House to Reid: We hope you know what you're doing  —  Things have gotten real complicated, real quick, on the public option.  This roundup of contrasting quotes and statements, for instance, has a Keystone Kops quality to it.  —  I've spent a fair bit of the day trying to figure …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Liberal groups take on Rahm
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Jeff Greenfield / CBS News:
President Obama's Feud with FOX News  —  After Months of Taking Heat from FOX News Stars, the White House is Firing Back  —  (CBS) After months of taking incoming fire from the prime-time stars of Fox News, the Obama White House is firing back, charging that FOX News is different from all other news.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
OutFoxed?  —  Let me be precise here: Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap.
Fox News:
Administration Loses Bid to Exclude Fox News From Pay Czar Interview
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Minions Are Ingrates  —  The Bush administration did leave a plan for Afghanistan.  —  On October 18, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows and, in the process of answering questions about Barack Obama's strategy on Afghanistan …
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
Sam Theodosopoulos / The New Majority:
Jeb Bush to GOP: Stop Being the “Party of No”  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush pushed for the Republican Party to transform itself into a party of “21st century reformers” in a speech to students last night at George Washington University.  —  Bush criticized Republicans for giving …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and 24Ahead
Wall Street Journal:
Troop-Boost Plan Gains Backing  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is moving toward a hybrid strategy in Afghanistan that would combine elements of both the troop-heavy approach sought by its top military commander and a narrower option backed by Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: Commentary and Taylor Marsh Blog:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT CHALLENGING AMERICANS TO LEAD THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN CLEAN ENERGY  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you.  Thank you, MIT.  (Applause.)  I am — I am hugely honored to be here.  It's always been a dream of mine to visit …
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
So desperate they'll believe anything — the fake Obama thesis debunked  —  It really gets to be pretty pathetic sometimes, watching the conservatives grasp at every straw they can in order to attack and discredit a president they don't like.  —  If you listened to Rush Limbaugh today or visited Fox Nation …
First on the Ticker: Obama to make final push for Corzine  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will head back to New Jersey next weekend to campaign for Gov. Jon Corzine, who is in jeopardy of losing his re-election bid, CNN has learned.  —  “The Corzine campaign is excited to announce …
Michelle Malkin:
The bogus death statistic that won't die  —  Creators Syndicate  —  Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida has found his calling: Death demagogue.  First, he accused Republicans of wanting sick patients to “DIE QUICKLY.”  Next, he likened health insurance problems to a “Holocaust in America.”
Discussion: Wizbang, Gateway Pundit and Sadly, No!
Luke Rosiak / Real Time Investigations …:
Entering digital age an expensive proposition for GOP  —  The Republican National Committee shelled out $1.4 million dollars over the last six months for Web sites and services, much of which was spent on, the party's major Web presence that was unveiled this month, new Federal Election Commission expense reports show.
We're too rich!  Affluent Germans petition to pay more taxes  —  A group of rich Germans has launched a petition calling for the government to make wealthy people pay higher taxes.  —  The group say they have more money than they need, and the extra revenue could fund economic and social programmes to aid Germany's economic recovery.
Discussion: FP Passport and AMERICAblog News
The Note:
Pawlenty ‘Concerned’ About NY GOP Candidate; Plans Endorsement Soon  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  With the Republican Party splintering over a House race in upstate New York, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on's “Top Line” today that he has significant concerns …
The Note:
Pawlenty: My State Should Opt Out of Public Option
Discussion: TPMDC
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Dismisses Cheney's Criticisms Over Afghanistan
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Scozzafava Declares Herself Part of Abramoff Wing of GOP …
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Oversight panel launching probe into mortgage lenders
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
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