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4:45 PM ET, October 27, 2009

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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lieberman: I'll block vote on Reid plan  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he'd back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's health care reform bill.  —  Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: Sure, I'd Filibuster A Health Care Reform Bill With A Public Option  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) told reporters today that he would in fact filibuster any health care bill he doesn't agree with—and right now, he doesn't agree with the public option proposal making its way through the Senate.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
On Being Wrong About the Public Option  —  I made two predictions this summer that look like they're not going to turn out very well.  One was saying that the unemployment rate wouldn't hit 10 percent (it hasn't yet, although it probably will) and the other was saying that the public option was “probably” dead.
The Politico:
Liberals to Obama: Time to step up  —  It's time for your close-up, Mr. President.  —  Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has announced he'll try to push through a health care reform bill with a public option, liberals are turning their focus — and their frustrations …
Associated Press:
Snowe would vote to block Reid's health care bill  —  WASHINGTON — Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe says she would vote with fellow Republicans to block the Democratic health care overhaul if changes are not made to the version Majority Leader Harry Reid outlined this week.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
In Supporting Filibuster, Lieberman Plays For Power
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
UPTICK IN SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC OPTION
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Ark. Senator Says She Still Opposes Public Option
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   59?  —  Lieberman: Sure, I'll filibuster a health care reform bill I don't agree with.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gingrich: NY-23 ‘purge’ 'guarantees Obama's reelection'  —  Gingrich made it again, at unusual length, to Greta Van Susteren last night:  —  VAN SUSTEREN: All right, the 23rd congressional district in New York — you're getting heat from Glenn Beck and others because you have endorsed …
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Kyle Trygstad / Politics Nation:
NY-23 Poll: Hoffman +5  —  For the second time in two days, a poll released by a conservative group finds Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman leading the Nov. 3 special election race for New York's 23rd District.  Neighborhood Research polled the district for Minuteman PAC …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gingrich calls GOP support for Hoffman a ‘purge’  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) late Monday had some choice words for Republicans supporting Conservative Party party candidate Doug Hoffman (N.Y.), accusing them of conducting a “purge” of the GOP.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Former NRCC Chair Tom Cole Endorses Hoffman in NY-23  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that veteran and widely-respected Rep. Tom Cole (R, Okla.), former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and a member of the GOP Steering Committee and a Deputy GOP House Whip …
Howard Fischer / East Valley Tribune:
Scalia: Some on court inventing rights  —  One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday his more liberal colleagues are trying to manufacture new constitutional rights that were never intended by the drafters.  —  “The fight is about the Supreme Court inventing …
Discussion: The Awl
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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 …
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
Bush's first stand on a new podium  —  FORT WORTH — After nine months of being nearly invisible — a big outing has been to a Dallas hardware store for flashlights — George W. Bush made his debut Monday in his latest incarnation: motivational speaker.  —  Nearly 15,000 people heard …
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Aman Batheja / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Bush makes debut as motivational speaker at Fort Worth Convention Center
Discussion: CNN, Dallas Morning News and The Swamp
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Lethal Politics Of The Opt-Out Public Option  —  I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more attention.  But imagine for a moment that the opt-out public option passes and becomes law (I give it a 65 percent chance at this point).  Then what happens?  Well, there has to be a debate in every state …
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
MATTHEW CONTINETTI THINKS THERE ARE LITTLE TINY PEOPLE INSIDE HIS TV  —  Or maybe not, but the Weekly Standard writer, who was raised like a veal by Bill Kristol and other right-wing mentors, doesn't seem to understand the difference between TV characters and the people who play them.
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Washington Whispers:
Palin Book: Feminists Jealous of Sarah's Rise
WJLA-TV:
Exclusive: Final Battleground Virginia Poll  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - With one week until Virginia's gubernatorial election, an exclusive poll for WJLA-TV shows Republican Bob McDonnell retaining his commanding lead.  —  The SurveyUSA poll dated Oct. 27 shows McDonnell with a 17-point lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds, 58-41.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll Suggests Virginia Gov Race Not A Referendum On Obama At All
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Tax refugees staging escape from New York  —  New Yorkers are fleeing the state and city in alarming numbers — and costing a fortune in lost tax dollars, a new study shows.  —  More than 1.5 million state residents left for other parts of the United States from 2000 to 2008 …
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Ex-A.I.G. Chief Is Back, Luring Talent From Rescued Firm  —  Maurice R. Greenberg, who built the American International Group into an insurance behemoth with an impenetrable maze of on- and offshore companies, is at it again.  —  Even as he has been lambasting the government for its handling …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
What if Bush had done that?  —  A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser.  —  Snubbing the Dalai Lama.  —  Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.  —  Freezing out a TV network.  —  Doing more fundraisers than the last president.  More golf, too.
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Pajamas Media
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Obama: Grayson an outstanding member of Congress  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is drawing criticism from his congressional colleagues, but President Obama offered him some warm words at a Miami fundraiser for the Democratic congressional campaign committees last night.
Sen. Arlen Specter / The Huffington Post:
Time to Repeal DOMA  —  The time has come to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Enacted 13 years ago when the idea of same sex marriage was struggling for acceptance, the Act is a relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture.  —  Connecticut, Iowa, and Massachusetts …
Douglas Kennedy / Fox News:
Father of 9/11 Victim Fights to Have ‘Murdered by Muslim Terrorists’ Inscribed on Son's Memorial  —  KENT, Conn. — Peter Gadiel wants everyone to remember his son, James, who was killed during the September 11 terrorist attacks.  —  And he also wants people to remember how he died: “Murdered by Muslim terrorists.”
 
 
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