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6:20 PM ET, October 25, 2009


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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Prosecutors Turn Tables on Student Journalists  —  EVANSTON, Ill. — For more than a decade, classes of students at Northwestern University's journalism school have been scrutinizing the work of prosecutors and the police.  The investigations into old crimes, as part of the Medill Innocence Project …
Laura King / Los Angeles Times:
Afghans protest rumored desecration of Koran by U.S. troops  —  Hundreds of protesters in Kabul burn an effigy of President Obama, a sign of rising religious conservatism and anti-Americanism in the country.  The U.S. military denies committing acts of sacrilege.
Andrew North / BBC:
Afghan protest over ‘burnt Koran’  —  There have been protests in the Afghan capital, Kabul, over allegations that foreign troops in the country burnt a copy of the Koran.  —  Hundreds of Kabul University students led the latest protest, burning an effigy of US President Barack Obama.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
The Great American Arm-Twist in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politics Daily and
The Huffington Post:
Leaderless: Senate Pushes For Public Option Without Obama's Support  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  President Barack Obama is actively discouraging Senate Democrats in their effort to include a public insurance option with a state opt-out clause as part of health care reform.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Quick quiz: What do these enterprises have in common?  Farm and construction machinery, Tupperware, the railroads, Hershey sweets, Yum food brands and Yahoo?  Answer: They're all more profitable than the health insurance industry.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Wizbang and QandO
Jennifer Brown / Denver Post:
Women pay up to 50% more for health insurance premiums  —  Checking the “female” box when buying health insurance is likely to cost extra — perhaps up to 50 percent more than a man would pay for the same coverage.  —  Gender-rating — or what some term as flat-out sexual discrimination …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TalkLeft
Gina Chon / Wall Street Journal:
Deadly Blasts Rock Baghdad, Killing Dozens  —  BAGHDAD—Two powerful car bombs near high-profile government offices rocked the capital on Sunday in the deadliest attack here this year, killing at least 136 people and raising fresh worry about the capabilities of Iraq's security services ahead of national elections scheduled for January.
Discussion: The Hill
Jomana Karadesh / CNN:
Death toll past 100 in Baghdad bombings
Discussion: Jihad Watch and PoliBlog
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Iraq Ministries Targeted in Car Bombings; Over 130 Dead
Veteran reporter's 5 lessons for Obama  —  Editor's note: Columnist and author Helen Thomas, 89, was a United Press International correspondent for 57 years and covered every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy.  Craig Crawford is a TV commentator and political writer.
Discussion: Wizbang and The Confluence
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic Party encounters ‘Obama hangover’ in state, local elections  —  The president hits the campaign trail on behalf of Democrats, but the electricity of 2008 is tough to recapture.  —  Reporting from Kennett Square, Pa. - As he is quick to point out, President Obama is presiding over two wars …
Anold Wiseman / Virginian-Pilot:
Creigh Deeds for governor
Clarence Page / Chicago Tribune:
Obama outs Fox, but reveals a big flaw  —  Surely President Barack Obama and his advisers don't really think that their feud with Fox News will do anything but enhance the cable network's viewership.  A deeper problem is what the flap reveals about Team Obama, which seems to be more comfortable with campaigning than governing.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WILL PUTS ON LEATHER JACKET, DONS SKIS, EYES SHARK.... When my friend Mustang Bobby emailed yesterday to tell me George Will had written an entire column praising Rep. Michele Bachmann, I thought he was kidding.  Will may be conservative, but he considers himself something of an intellectual and serious thinker.
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
How an Insurance Mandate Could Leave Many Worse Off  —  AMERICANS seem to like the idea of broadening health insurance coverage, but they may not want to be forced to buy it.  With health care costs high and rising, such government mandates would make many people worse off.
Making someone else pay  —  Suppose that, besides being the Enemies of All Mankind, health insurers are actually right.  —  Some companies noted last week that Congress' plans to mandate that everyone buy health insurance include only weak penalties.  The plans also make insurers take on customers who are already sick.
Discussion: Villainous Company
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Inevitability Myth  —  Health care reform is not a fait accompli
Discussion: Commentary and Washington Post
Frank Rich / New York Times:
In Defense of the ‘Balloon Boy’ Dad  —  FOR a country desperate for good news, the now-deflated “balloon boy” spectacle would seem to be the perfect tonic.  As Wolf Blitzer of CNN summed up the nation's unrestrained joy upon learning that the imperiled boy had never been in any peril whatsoever …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP officials: We won't abandon Dede  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee remains committed to embattled GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava in the upstate New York House special election, even as many of the party's top names throw their support to Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.
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Alex Renton / Guardian:
Fewer British babies would mean a fairer planet
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Britons Weary of Surveillance in Minor Cases
Wall Street Journal:
Denying the Green Revolution
Discussion: Commentary and Israpundit
Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Dan Rather: Don't curtail Fox News or any other cable infotainment shows
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Resolution Authority ASAP
The Hill:
Afghan candidate says ‘dramatic’ surge needed, backs McChrystal assessment
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