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6:40 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.
The Huffington Post:
Lieberman Willing To Sink Health Care Reform... But He Would Really Hate To Do It (AUDIO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent Democrat from Connecticut, emerged Tuesday afternoon from a meeting with his caucus as the center of attention — again.
Ezra Klein:
Can you reform the health-care system if you can't change it?
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Dana Milbank's world
Discussion: The Impolitic
Associated Press:
Snowe would vote to block Reid's health care bill
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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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 …
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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: Jim DeMint on Why He Supports Doug Hoffman for Congress  —  Senator Jim DeMint just sent me the statement below on his support for Doug Hoffman.  As one of the real leaders of the conservative movement in this country, DeMint speaks for many of us.
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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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 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Scalia Would Have Voted to Keep School Segregation
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Huffington Post:
Scalia On Brown v. Board Of Education: I Would Have Dissented
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 …
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.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Jones on J Street  —  Obama national security adviser Jim Jones spoke today to the assorted Zionists, anti-Zionists, and social justice advocates who had assembled for J Street's inaugural conference.  Genuine supporters of Israel would find little to object to in Jones's speech.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace  —  I was debating with Jon Chait …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Conventional Folly
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Shakesville
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll Suggests Virginia Gov Race Not A Referendum On Obama At All  —  There's been a fair amount of punditry of late to the effect that the Virginia governor's race is shaping up as a big referendum on Obama's presidency.  If GOPer Bob McDonnell wins, lots of people in DC will be eager to claim …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Newsweek Blogs
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The most important number in politics today
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: The Swamp, Hot Air and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: City Room and The Awl
Bloomberg:
New York Fed's Secret Choice to Pay for Swaps Hits Taxpayers  —  Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — In the months leading up to the September 2008 collapse of giant insurer American International Group Inc., Elias Habayeb and his colleagues worked nights and weekends negotiating with banks …
 
 
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: Robust Public Option Lacks Votes To Pass House …
Discussion: Open Left, TPMDC and RedState
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