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2:26 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.
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.
Discussion: Media Research Center
Joe Klein / Swampland:
OutFoxed?  —  Let me be precise here: Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap.  Some of it borders on sedition.  Much of it is flat out untrue.  —  But I don't understand why the White House would give such poisonous helium balloons as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity the opportunity …
The Huffington Post:
Reid Is Only One Or Two Votes Shy On Opt-Out Public Option  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is just one or two Senate votes shy of having a filibuster-proof majority in favor of a public option for health insurance coverage with a provision allowing states to opt-out …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Blue Virginia, TalkLeft and TPMDC
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Democrat blasts White House for anonymous sniping  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A well-known Democratic strategist in Virginia is blasting the White House for placing anonymous quotes in the Washington Post in a pre-emptive effort to blame Creigh Deeds for what might be a loss in the state's upcoming gubernatorial election.
Fox News:
Administration Loses Bid to Exclude Fox News From Pay Czar Interview  —  The Obama administration on Thursday tried to make “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg available for interviews to every member of the White House pool except Fox News.  But the Washington bureau chiefs of the five TV networks decided …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Liberal groups take on Rahm
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Media Matters coordinates campaign against ‘lethal’ Fox
CNN Poll: GOP favorable rating lowest in a decade  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Party's favorable rating among Americans is at lowest level in at least a decade, according to a new national poll.  —  Thirty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday …
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: 24Ahead
Kara Dunford /
Former governor calls for party reform
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
When Asked Where the Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans To Buy Health Insurance, Pelosi Says: ‘Are You Serious?’  —  ( - When asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Scozzafava Declares Herself Part of Abramoff Wing of GOP: Funnels Campaign Cash to Family  —  Jack Abramoff, present jailbird, was convicted of all sorts of crooked schemes.  One of his favorites was to funnel money through various organizations into the hands of other people.
Discussion: The Other McCain and
The Note:
Pawlenty: My State Should Opt Out of Public Option
Discussion: TPMDC and techPresident
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty to ‘probably’ endorse in N.Y. special, expressed doubts about Scozzafava 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 …
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: Gateway Pundit and Joe. My. God.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Views on Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize  —  Majority say it is not deserved, although about half are glad Obama received it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The majority of Americans do not believe President Barack Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize (61%), but the public is split in its personal reaction to the announcement.
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Dismisses Cheney's Criticisms Over Afghanistan  —  PRAGUE — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had a blunt response on Friday to the latest broadsides from former Vice President Dick Cheney: “Who cares?”  —  In the latest exchange between old and new administrations …
Discussion: Wonkette and New York Times
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 …
Karen Schuberg / CNSNews:
Abortion Kills More Black Americans Than the Seven Leading Causes of Death Combined, Says CDC Data  —  ( - Abortion kills more black Americans than the seven leading causes of death combined, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005 …
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
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