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11:40 AM ET, October 24, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Liberal groups take on Rahm
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
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
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: NewsBusters.org
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
WH: We're Happy To Exclude Fox, But Didn't Yesterday With Feinberg Interview  —  Adding to the Fox News v. White House feud today is a dust-up over an interview with pay czar Ken Feinberg.  Turns out, it was a sort of miscommunication, but the White House adds that if they had left Fox …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
OutFoxed?  —  Let me be precise here: Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap.
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 …
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 …
George Will / Washington Post:
George F. Will on GOP lightning rod Michele Bachmann  —  When Marcus Bachmann came home that Saturday evening in 2000, he checked the telephone answering machine and was mystified by the many messages congratulating his wife for something.  “Michele,” he said, “do you have something to tell me?”
Discussion: Power Line and Bark Bark Woof Woof
Scott Goldstein / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas police ticketed 39 drivers in 3 years for not speaking English  —  sgoldstein@dallasnews.com  —  Dallas police wrongly ticketed at least 39 drivers for not speaking English over the last three years, Police Chief David Kunkle announced Friday while promising to investigate …
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 GOP.com, the party's major Web presence that was unveiled this month, new Federal Election Commission expense reports show.
BBC:
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: AMERICAblog News and FP Passport
 
 
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CNN:
First on the Ticker: Obama to make final push for Corzine
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates
Discussion: GlobalWarming.org
Michelle Malkin:
The bogus death statistic that won't die
Discussion: Wizbang, Gateway Pundit and Sadly, No!
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Dismisses Cheney's Criticisms Over Afghanistan
Discussion: Wonkette and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Scozzafava Declares Herself Part of Abramoff Wing of GOP …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quiet Revolution  —  A few weeks ago, “Saturday Night Live” …