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5:55 AM ET, October 27, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Durbin: Progressives Forced Our Hand On Public Option  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democratic leaders were forced to include a national public health insurance option as part of health care reform by progressive Democratic senators who refused to support anything less, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Monday.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Reid announces push for 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.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
NRSC: Reid is a ‘partisan bully’  —  Republicans are now hoping to use Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (Nev.) reaffirmed support for a public option as ammunition in their fight to defeat him in 2010.  —  In a statement released just before Reid announced his chamber's final reform bill …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Comeback kids?  —  This is turning into a heck of a comeback story.  —  Step away from the wonky details about opt-in, trigger, the Cadillac tax and cloture votes for a second, and you'll see a serious change in tone has overtaken the health care debate in the past few weeks.
Discussion: MyDD and CBS News
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer: We Prevailed On White House That Public Option Was The Way To Go
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Snowe disappointed with ‘opt-out’ public option
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Senator Reid Announces ‘Opt-Out’ Public Plan
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Glenn Beck goes all in for Doug Hoffman — and third parties
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: Tim Pawlenty Endorses Doug Hoffman
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.
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Don Surber:
CNN's numbers drop 68% in prime to last place
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
After 6 Days, RNC Finally Removes Photo Calling Mixing Of Races A “Crime Against American Values” … RNC FACEBOOK PAGE HOSTED BLATANTLY RACIST PHOTO  —  Earlier today, the Republican National Committee finally removed a racist photo of President Obama that had been featured on its Facebook page since October 20th.
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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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Biden's popularity plunges; lower than Cheney's  —  Vice President Joe Biden's favorable rating has fallen to 42 percent in a new Gallup poll, down from a high of 59 percent just after last year's election.  Biden's unfavorable rating in the new poll is 40 percent, up from 29 percent last November.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Vice President Biden's Favorable Rating Continues to Decline
Discussion: The Hill
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.
The Politico:
Grayson goes too far for colleagues  —  Republicans and Democrats slammed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) for calling Linda Robertson, an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, a “K Street whore” in a month-old radio interview that circulated on Capitol Hill Monday night.  —  “There's no call for that language.
James Fallows:
More on the Minneapolis “overflight”  —  According to numerous accounts in the last hour — AP here, Reuters here, WSJ here — the current story from the Northwest flight crew that forgot to land in Minneapolis is that they were so absorbed in using laptops in the cockpit that they neglected …
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Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:   Laptops Cited for Pilot Inattention
Political Punch:
President Obama Likely to Announce Afghan Decision Between Nov. 7 and 11; Will Likely Seek More Troops - But Not 40,000  —  Sources tell ABC News that as of now President Obama will likely announce his decision about a new strategy in Afghanistan at some point between the Afghan run-off election …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. official resigns over Afghan war  —  When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.  —  A former Marine Corps captain …
Associated Press:
N.J. independent candidate Daggett says GOP rival Christie won't win … TRENTON — An independent candidate running for New Jersey governor has made a bold prediction: Republican challenger Chris Christie will not win the race.  —  Chris Daggett believes he'll pull the upset victory on Nov. 3.
Discussion: TPMDC and National Review Online
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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 …
Robin Pagnamenta / Times of London:
Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet  —  People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.  —  In an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said …
Discussion: RedState, Truthdig and Weasel Zippers
Michael Schneider / Variety:
MacFarlane special loses Microsoft  —  Company yanks sponsorship of Fox show  —  Microsoft has yanked its sponsorship from Fox's upcoming Seth MacFarlane comedy/variety special over content concerns.  —  Fox still plans to air “Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show” …
Discussion: Media Decoder, Mashable! and Engadget
 
 
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