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12:50 AM ET, October 28, 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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
It Was Lieberman All Along  —  I've been thinking for a couple weeks that Joe Lieberman is the Democrats' biggest potential problem.  The rest of the party has a strong incentive to pass health care reform and avoid a 2010 catastrophe.  But Lieberman?  He's not a Democrat and won't be running on the Democratic ticket in 2012.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
In Supporting Filibuster, Lieberman Plays For Power
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:   UPTICK IN SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC OPTION
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: Salon and The Awl
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Balkinization:
Justice Scalia comes clean on Brown v. Board of Education?  —  UPDATE:  —  As I suspected, Justice Scalia did not say he would have dissented in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.  The newspaper account is incorrect and took his remarks out of context.  The author of the article …
The Huffington Post:   Scalia On Brown v. Board Of Education: I Would Have Dissented
Tim Redmond / Politics:
Arnold to SF: F**k You  —  It was hardly a bill of cosmic import, but Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's AB 1176 would have helped the Port of San Francisco with some financing issues.  It's the kind of bill that legislators offer on behalf of their cities all the time — and generally, they are non-controversial.
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Capitol Weekly:
Reading between the lines  —  Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, famously told the governor to “kiss my gay ass” at a Democratic fundraiser last month.  Two days later, the governor responded in the veto message of one of Ammiano's bills.  —  Earlier in the month …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Fred to Newt: We're not ‘deaf, dumb’
Discussion: National Review and Gateway Pundit
Brian Montopoli Updated / CBS News:
Alan Grayson Stands by “K Street Whore” Comment  —  Outspoken Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is under fire from both Republicans and Democrats after a month-old radio interview was posted online in which Grayson is heard calling an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke a “K Street whore.”
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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.
Howie Klein / The Huffington Post:
Alan Grayson calls a whore a whore …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pathetic: Jarrett backtracks from Fox News bias claim when asked about MSNBC  —  Credit CNN here.  Not only did Campbell Brown follow up with a question about MSNBC after this sorry hack went into Fox-bashing mode but CNN.com actually posted a write-up noting her lame retreat when confronted.
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CNN:   Jarrett makes, retracts charge Fox is biased
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace  —  I was debating with Jon Chait at a J Street panel this morning on the subject of “what does it mean to be pro-Israel?”  As expected, we disagreed on a number of points, most of which I was right on and he was wrong on.  But one thing he said in his opening remarks …
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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Continued Endlessly
Discussion: American Power
Nick Valencia / CNN:
Police: Gang rape lasted over two hours  —  (CNN) — A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: Robust Public Option Lacks Votes To Pass House, Internal Whip Count Document Shows  —  The House Dem leadership has conducted its preliminary whip count and has tallied up less than 200 likely Yes votes in support of a health care reform bill with a robust public option …
New York Times:
Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country's booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years …
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 …
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
GOP Honors Tea Party Marchers — And Inflates Their Numbers  —  Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and 75 other House Republicans have introduced a resolution “expressing gratitude and appreciation to the individuals and families who participated in the Taxpayer March on Washington on September 12, 2009” …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and TBogg
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
Gallup's Conservatives and Libertarians  —  In today's Washington Post, William Kristol exults: … Gallup often asks people how they describe themselves.  But sometimes they classify people according to the values they express.  And when they do that, they find a healthy percentage of libertarians …
Wall Street Journal:
Freaked Out Over SuperFreakonomics  —  Global warming might be solved with a helium balloon and a few miles of garden hose.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Suppose for a minute—which is about 59 seconds too long, but that's for another column—that global warming poses an imminent threat to the survival of our species.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Mood Sours on Economy  —  Poll Reflects Increasing Pessimism, With Majority Saying U.S. Is on the ‘Wrong Track’ for First Time in Obama Presidency  —  Americans are growing increasingly pessimistic about the economy after a mild upswing of attitudes in September.
 
 
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