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9:45 PM ET, October 26, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Comeback kids?  —  This is turning into a heck of a comeback story.
Discussion: CBS News and MyDD
New York Times:
Senator Reid Announces an ‘Opt-Out’ Public Plan
Discussion: The New Republic and Raw Story
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Reid's Roll Of The Dice
Discussion: Health Care Experts and MyDD
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SENATE REFORM BILL EARNS PLAUDITS.... Now that a Senate health care bill …
Discussion: TPMDC and Wonkette
Ezra Klein:
Reid to announce a public option?
Discussion: The Politico and Firedoglake
Tony Romm / The Hill:
NRSC: Reid is a ‘partisan bully’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Snowe disappointed with ‘opt-out’ public option
Ezra Klein:
Congress tiring of reading the White House's tea leaves on the public option
Discussion: MyDD and The New Republic
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Over White House Skepticism, Reid Likely To Go The Opt Out Route
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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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 …
CNN:
Obama, smack those playground bullies  —  Joy talks politics with Joe Wurzelbacher, widely known as “Joe the Plumber” on tonight's “Joy Behar” 9 p.m. ET on HLN.  —  New York (CNN) — In the schoolyard of American politics, President Obama is the big, smart kid with all of the test answers who's …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News relishes Obama administration scorn
Discussion: Newsweek
NY Daily News:
Lupica: Obama should focus on the war that matters
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ezra Klein:
The conservative public option  —  Was out of the office for a few hours at C-SPAN world headquarters, but early reports were accurate and Sen. Reid will include a national public option that states could choose to offer to their residents — or not! — in his bill.
Discussion: Open Congress and The New Republic
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: Talking Points Memo
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   New Jersey Poll Preview
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and TVNewser
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 …
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 …
 
 
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