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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 …
Bloomberg:
Snowe Says She Won't Back Any Immediate Public Option  —  Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) — Senator Olympia Snowe said she won't support the immediate creation of any government-run insurance program and raised the possibility that legislation overhauling the health system won't be completed this year.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Landrieu blasts public option
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPMDC
The Huffington Post:
Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option
Discussion: TPMDC, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Prescriptions:
Senate Majority Leader Reid Leaning Toward ‘Public Option’ for Insurance
Stephanie Condon / Associated Press:
Liberals Open Fire on Harry Reid
Discussion: Hot Air and Neptunus Lex
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Carper: Senate Bill Will Include A National Public Plan With An Opt Out
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-23 race first test of tea party power  —  Tea party activists from across the nation are rallying around the House special election in upstate New York, viewing it as the first electoral test of the nascent conservative movement's political muscle.  —  Organizers up and down the East Coast report …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin backs Hoffman in NY-23  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday endorsed Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava, the Republican Party's choice, in the special election for New York's 23rd congressional district.  —  “The people of the 23rd Congressional District …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Palin Supports Hoffman
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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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Behind War Between White House and Fox  —  WASHINGTON — Late last month, the senior White House adviser David Axelrod and Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News, met in an empty Midtown Manhattan steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tê te.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Unprecedented: White House Tries to Ban Fox from Press Pool  —  Today the White House stepped up its attack on Fox News, announcing that the network would no longer be able to conduct interviews with officials as a member of the Press Pool.  The Pool is a five-member group consisting of ABC …
Rasmussen Reports:
73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base  —  President Obama told an audience at a Democratic Party fundraiser Wednesday night that Republicans often “do what they're told,” but GOP voters don't think their legislators listen enough to them.
Discussion: The Hill and Hit & Run
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama continues to lead 2012 contests
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 …
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 …
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BBC:
Angry scenes face far-right leader at BBC  —  Extracts from Nick Griffin's appearance on Question Time, BBC One  —  BNP leader Nick Griffin has insisted he is “not a Nazi” during his first appearance on the BBC's Question Time.  —  The political discussion programme was recorded …
Discussion: Reuters and Media Decoder
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Democratic Party Boss Convicted; Christie Accuses Corzine of Enabling Corruption — By: Jim Geraghty  —  Happy October Surprise, Governor Corzine.  —  Today a jury found Joe Ferriero, former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of mail fraud.
Discussion: Big Government and RedState
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
Washington Post:
Deeds should've listened to us, senior Obama officials say  —  Top Democrats seek to shield Obama in case of election loss  —  Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state …
Discussion: Wizbang
Emily Kaiser / City Pages:
Bong water is an illegal drug, Minn. Supreme Court rules  —  Time to dump your bong water in case the feds show up at your door.  They might think you actually plan to drink it later.  According to a split decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court, a person in possession of more than 25 grams …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
The Rachel Maddow Show: Indefensible  —  As Rachel reports, it looks like the vote taken by 30 Republicans to protect contractors rather than rape victims is not playing very well for them in their local papers.  —  Jamie Leigh Jones and her attorney joined Rachel to talk about what happened …
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
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Two Democrats buck Rep. Towns, call for Countrywide VIP mortgage probe  —  Two junior Democrats are urging their leaders to open an investigation into the Countrywide VIP mortgage program.  —  Rep. Paul Hodes (N.H.), who is in his second House term, and freshman Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.) …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
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David Stout / New York Times:
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Roll Call:
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