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8:10 AM ET, October 26, 2009


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Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
The Public Option: Rumor Check  —  A rumor is making the rounds that the White House and Senator Reid are pursuing different strategies on the public option.  Those rumors are absolutely false.  —  In his September 9th address to Congress, President Obama made clear that he supports …
Obama's pointless bipartisanship.  —  From the magazine issue dated Nov 2, 2009  —  “There she is, the Party of One!” cried Sen. Barbara Mikulski when she saw Sen. Olympia Snowe outside the Senate chamber last week.  Mikulski, in a wheel-chair because of a broken ankle, rolled closer to the object of her praise.
Discussion: The Politico and Hullabaloo
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems push for benefits to start by 2010  —  Democrats are pushing Senate leaders and the White House to speed up key benefits in the health reform bill to 2010, eager to give the party something to show taxpayers for their $900 billion investment in an election year.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Newt Gingrich Says He May Run for President in 2012  —  Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker and perennial big thinker in the Republican party, said this morning that he will likely run for president in 2012 if he and his wife, Callista, assess the field of candidates in 2011 and feel “a requirement as citizens that we run.”
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservatives Maintain Edge as Top Ideological Group  —  Compared with 2008, more Americans “conservative” in general, and on issues  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup first noted in June.
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
U.S. Considers Reining In ‘Too Big to Fail’ Institutions  —  WASHINGTON — Congress and the Obama administration are about to take up one of the most fundamental issues stemming from the near collapse of the financial system last year — how to deal with institutions that are so big …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
Online auction to raise funds in Scott Roeder case  —  An Army of God manual.  A prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons.  An autographed bullhorn.  —  These are among the items that abortion foes plan to auction on eBay and other Web sites …
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival:
$$ for Dr. Tiller's assassin- For sale: Abortion clinic-bomber's prison cookbook
Discussion: Jesus' General
Washington Post:
U.S. tested 2 Afghan scenarios in war game  —  Obama and advisers evaluating exercise that used different troop levels  —  The Pentagon's top military officer oversaw a secret war game this month to evaluate the two primary military options that have been put forward by the Pentagon …
Discussion: Guardian and The Page
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Hiatt on the public option — Talk cloaks political inaction  —  The “public option” is dangerous not for what it might do but for what it allows the politicians not to do.  —  From the start, the Obama administration has said that health-care reform has to make health care both more accessible and less costly .
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
After Reform Passes  —  So, how well will health reform work after it passes?  —  There's a part of me that can't believe I'm asking that question.  After all, serious health reform has long seemed like an impossible dream.  And it could yet go all wrong.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Is it morning in America, or has hope given way to malaise?  —  (CNN) — Nearly a year after the presidential election, the excitement of Barack Obama's campaign has faded into the reality of an Obama White House.  —  As observers try to determine what time it is in American politics, they arrive at opposite conclusions.
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Energy Department Aid for Scientists on the Edge  —  WASHINGTON — The federal Energy Department will make good on a pledge for a bolder technology strategy on Monday, awarding research grants for ideas like bacteria that will make gasoline, enzymes that will capture carbon dioxide …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Corzine comes back, but far enough?  —  Recession adds to New Jersey governor's woes in a race drawing national interest  —  ELIZABETH, N.J. — A year into his first term, which he won touting the financial expertise that had made him a multimillionaire, Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D) …
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways  —  MEDFORD, Ore. — Dressed in soaked green pajamas, Betty Snyder, 14, huddled under a cold drizzle at the city park as several older boys decided what to do with her.  —  Betty said she had run away from home a week earlier after a violent argument with her mother.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Huffington Post:
“Showdown In Chicago”: Protesters Crash Bankers Convention, (VIDEO, IMAGES)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Via National People's Action, here is some footage from the protesters at the ABA conference.  From the footage, it's clear there are some strong emotions from the protesters.
Discussion: SEIU and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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Discussion: Raw Story
Spencer Abraham / Weekly Standard:
New Nukes!  —  Since taking office, President Obama …
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Va. GOP makes timely adjustment to changes in state
Discussion: The Conservatives and Commentary
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Ultimate Claim of Gender Discrimination
Discussion: Gawker
Anold Wiseman / Virginian-Pilot:
Creigh Deeds for governor
Discussion: The Roanoke Times and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat
Gina Chon / Wall Street Journal:
Deadly Blasts Rock Baghdad, Killing Dozens
Discussion: The Hill and Riehl World View
Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Dan Rather: Don't curtail Fox News or any other cable infotainment shows
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Resolution Authority ASAP
Veteran reporter's 5 lessons for Obama
Discussion: Wizbang and The Confluence