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7:40 PM ET, October 23, 2009

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Mike Allen / Reuters:
FRIENDS PUSH AILES FOR PRESIDENT  —  Friends and associates are encouraging Fox News chief Roger Ailes to jump into the political arena for real by running for president in 2012, top sources tell POLITICO.  —  “Ailes knows how to frame an issue better than anybody, and that's what we need now …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Behind the 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 Palm steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tê te.
The Politico:
W.H. attacks worry moderate Dems  —  A White House effort to undermine conservative critics is generating a backlash on Capitol Hill — and not just from Republicans.  —  “It's a mistake,” said Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from western Pennsylvania.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Media Matters coordinates campaign against ‘lethal’ Fox
Washington Post:
Deeds should've listened to us, senior Obama officials say
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
White House Tactics Go Too Far
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.
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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 …
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi lacks votes for most sweeping public option  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi counted votes Thursday night and determined she could not pass a “robust public option” — the most aggressive of the three forms of a public option House Democrats have been considering as part of a national overhaul of health care.
New York Times:
Senate Leader Takes Risk Pushing Public Insurance Plan
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Liberal groups take on Rahm
Discussion: The Politico
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
When Asked Where the Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans To Buy Health Insurance, Pelosi Says: ‘Are You Serious?’  —  (CNSNews.com) - When CNSNews.com asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance …
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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: Townhall.com
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CNN:
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 …
Washington Post:
Top employees leave financial firms ahead of pay cuts  —  Grass is greener where bonuses are sky-high  —  NEW YORK — Even before the Obama administration formally tightened executive compensation at bailed-out companies, the prospect of pay cuts had led some top employees to depart.
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:   Rise of the mob economy
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Annie Leibovitz takes first family photo — Friends encourage Roger Ailes to seek GOP nom in 2012 — Geithner: ‘A big week’ — Endgame: Look for a trigger in final health bill  —  Annie Leibovitz takes first family photo — Friends encourage Roger Ailes to seek GOP nom in 2012 — Geithner …
Discussion: Liberal Values, MyDD and Think Progress
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Mike Allen / The Politico:   ROGER AILES SAYS HE WILL NOT RUN IN 2012 RACE
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and Real Clear Politics
Kara Dunford / media.www.gwhatchet.com:
Former governor calls for party reform  —  Jeb Bush argues Republicans need to be more welcoming  —  Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, unveiled a six-point plan to help strengthen the Republican Party Wednesday night - including shedding the image of being the “old white guy party” and advocating for limited government.
Wall Street Journal:
It's His Rubble Now  —  And the American people want him to fix it.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  At a certain point, a president must own a presidency.  For George W. Bush that point came eight months in, when 9/11 happened.  From that point on, the presidency—all his decisions, all the credit and blame for them—was his.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Former Sen. Hagel: GOP being ‘irresponsible’ on healthcare  —  Republican senators trying to kill healthcare reform have acted irresponsibly, one of their former colleagues asserted.  —  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) chided some of his former colleagues who have suggested …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Bush: I regret standing in front of the ‘Mission Impossible’ banner.  —  President Bush was in Canada yesterday to speak at a luncheon of the Montreal Board of Trade.  Approximately 300 protesters gathered outside the venue, blowing plastic horns, throwing shoes, and burning the former president in effigy.
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Chinese Disconnect  —  Senior monetary officials usually talk in code.  So when Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, spoke recently about Asia, international imbalances and the financial crisis, he didn't specifically criticize China's outrageous currency policy.
Rasmussen Reports:
Trust on Issues  —  Voters Trust Republicans More On 10 Top Issues  —  For the first time in recent years, voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on all 10 key electoral issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.  The GOP holds double-digit advantages on five of them.
Discussion: Power Line and Scared Monkeys
 
 
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BBC:
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Karen Schuberg / CNSNews:
Abortion Kills More Black Americans Than the Seven Leading Causes …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Note
Associated Press:
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Boston Herald:
Bay State liberals shun Barack Obama's visit