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7:35 PM ET, October 26, 2009

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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Reid announces opt-out public option  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this afternoon that he plans to push ahead with a public health insurance option that includes an opt-out provision for states - even though he's currently short several votes for passage, according to people close to the situation.
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Wall Street Journal:
Senate on Verge of Health Bill  —  Measure With Stiffer Penalties on Employers and Public Plan Could Come This Week  —  WASHINGTON — Top Senate Democrats are close to finalizing their health bill and could unveil a measure as soon as early this week that would include stiffer penalties …
Matt Sedensky / Associated Press:
Pelosi: Health care ‘public option’ needs new name  —  SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - A government-sponsored “public option” for health care lives, though it may be more attractive to skeptics if it goes by a different moniker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.  —  In an appearance …
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Senator Reid Announces ‘Opt-Out’ Public Plan  —  The Senate health care legislation will include a government-run insurance plan, but states would be allowed to “opt out” of it, the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, announced Monday afternoon.  —  The question of whether to include …
New York Times:
Senator Reid Announces an ‘Opt-Out’ Public Plan
Discussion: The New Republic and Raw Story
Ezra Klein:
Reid to announce a public option?
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
Congress tiring of reading the White House's tea leaves on the public option
Discussion: The Plum Line and MyDD
Shailagh Murray / Capitol Briefing:
Reid says he will bring a health-care bill with public option
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Senate Dems to Obama: Um, a Little Help Here?
Tony Romm / The Hill:
NRSC: Reid is a ‘partisan bully’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Club for Growth:
CFG Poll: Hoffman Leading in NY-23  —  Hoffman Surges Into Lead in NY-23  —  New CFG Poll shows Hoffman 31.3%, Owens 27.0%, Scozzafava 19.7%  —  Washington - A poll released today by the Club for Growth shows Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman surging into the lead in the special election …
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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.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: Tim Pawlenty Endorses Doug Hoffman  —  With polling now showing NY-23 has come down to a two man race between Hoffman and Owens, the Democrat, momentum is clearly in Hoffman's favor.  —  Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota is now adding to the momentum becoming the first sitting Republican Governor to endorse Hoffman.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pawlenty bucks GOP, endorses Hoffman
Discussion: RedState
Political Punch:
NOW President on President Obama's All-Male Athletic Outings: 'It's Troubling'  —  We asked Terry O'Neill, the new president of the National Organization for Women, what she thought of those Democratic women and others quietly complaining about a “boy's club” atmosphere at the White House …
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Washington Post:
McDonnell has double-digit lead in Va. governor's race, Post poll says  —  Republican Robert F. McDonnell carries a double-digit lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds into the final week of the campaign for Virginia governor, according to a new Washington Post poll.
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The Note:
Party Chiefs Kick Off Expectations Game
Discussion: The Politico and Virginia Politics
Daniel Tencer / Raw Story:
RNC keeps racist pics on Facebook for nearly a week  —  Perhaps no one noticed.  Perhaps no one cared.  But hours after a liberal news forum brought attention to a series of days old controversial photos on the Republican National Committee's Facebook page, the photos were finally taken down.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
CNN Drops to Last Place Among Cable News Networks  —  CNN, which invented the cable news network more than two decades ago, will hit a new competitive low with its prime-time programs in October, finishing fourth - and last - among the cable news networks with the audience that all the networks rely on for their advertising.
Wolf Blitzerand / New York Post:
Anchors sink on ‘Jeopardy’  —  CNN should consider banning its anchors from appearing on “Celebrity Jeopardy” after the humiliating defeats of  —  Soledad O'Brien.  Wolf was blitzed last month, coming in last with minus-$4,600, behind comic  —  Andy Richter, a past winner who racked up $68,000 for charity.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
PRESIDENT OBAMA TIES GEORGE W. BUSH ON GOLF  —  President Barack Obama has only been in office for just over nine months, but he's already hit the links as much as President Bush did in over two years.  —  CBS' Mark Knoller — an unofficial documentarian and statistician of all things White House-related …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
New Jersey Poll Preview  —  Some folks thought it was a little odd when Chris Christie went on the air with negative ads against independent candidate Chris Daggett a few weeks ago but it seems to have been a good idea.  —  Two weeks ago Daggett's fav/unfav was 30/24.  Now it's 31/36.
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Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Statisticians reject global cooling  —  WASHINGTON — Have you heard that the world is now cooling instead of warming?  You may have seen some news reports on the Internet or heard about it from a provocative new book.  —  Only one problem: It's not true, according to an analysis …
Doug Kendall / Slate:
The Bench in Purgatory  —  The new Republican obstructionism on Obama's judicial nominees.  —  It's still early in President Obama's first term, but not too soon to conclude that the president's effort to “put the confirmation wars [for judges] behind us” is not going well.
Discussion: Law Blog and ACS Blog
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
UNPRECEDENTED OBSTRUCTIONISM.... In the Clinton era …
Discussion: Gawker
New York Post:
Andy warns Rudy: Psst!  I'm running  —  Andrew Cuomo has secretly notified Rudy Giuliani that he will run for governor next year, The Post has learned.  —  The confidential message, conveyed through intermediaries, was delivered to Giuliani recently and is expected to play a central role …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Michael Crowley / New York Magazine:
The Indecider
Discussion: JSOnline and Des Moines Register
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.
Editor and Publisher:
Top 25 Daily Newspapers in New FAS-FAX  —  NEW YORK Here are the top 25 newspapers in the country ranked by daily (Monday-Friday) circulation for the six months ending September 2009 from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.  The percent change compares the same six-month period ending September 2008.
 
 
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James Fallows:
More on the Minneapolis “overflight”
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
The New Republic:
‘Boring As Hell’  —  That's Boston Mayor Tom Menino, talking about himself.
Brian Orloff / People.com:
Ricky Gervais to Host the Golden Globes
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
How to Burn Pelosi and Reid in Effigy
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Can Garrett Graff put his stamp on Washingtonian?
Discussion: Media Research Center
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
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Michael Barone / New York Post:
O's embarrassment  —  Berlin rhetoric vs. DC reality
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Andy Stern / The Huffington Post:
There's No Such Thing As A Republican Filibuster: It's Time to Deliver
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
‘60 Minutes’: Medicare Fraud Raises 'Troubling Questions About …
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