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7:55 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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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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Over White House Skepticism, Reid Likely To Go The Opt Out Route
Ezra Klein:
Reid to announce a public option?
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SENATE REFORM BILL EARNS PLAUDITS.... Now that a Senate health care bill …
Discussion: TPMDC and Wonkette
CNN:
Reid backs health care public option
Discussion: Truthdig and AMERICAblog News
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Comeback kids?  —  This is turning into a heck of a comeback story.
Discussion: MyDD and CBS News
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.
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pawlenty bucks GOP, endorses Hoffman
Discussion: Erick's blog
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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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.
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.
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 …
Michael Crowley / New York Magazine:
The Indecider  —  About New York's governorship, as about so much in his recent political career, Rudy Giuliani can't fully, wholeheartedly make up his mind.  —  On an early-October night here in Kingston, a town about a hundred miles north of Manhattan, it was 2007 all over again.
Discussion: JSOnline and Des Moines Register
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New York Post:
Andy warns Rudy: Psst! I'm running
Discussion: msnbc.com
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
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.
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.
 
 
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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
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Can Garrett Graff put his stamp on Washingtonian?
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
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