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10:10 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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid: Lieberman Is The Least Of My Problems  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed a development, first reported by TPMDC, that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) will filibuster a health care bill if it includes a public option.  —  “Joe Lieberman is the least of Harry Reid's problems,” …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Joe Lieberman Says He'll Block Reid's Health Care Bill
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
In Supporting Filibuster, Lieberman Plays For Power
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gingrich: NY-23 ‘purge’ 'guarantees Obama's reelection'
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Former NRCC Chair Tom Cole Endorses Hoffman in NY-23
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
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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CNN:
Jarrett makes, retracts charge Fox is biased  —  (CNN) - The White House carefully continued its assault on Fox News Tuesday, as a senior White House adviser told CNN's Campbell Brown that the network was “of course” biased against the Obama administration, but immediately backtracked slightly.
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
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.
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 …
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin's book retainer: $1.25 million (Updated with home loan for legal fees)  —  Sarah Palin reported in financial disclosures out this morning that she received $1.25 million from publisher HarperCollins as “retainer for book” before she resigned as governor in July.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's $1.25-million book retainer
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Swamp, msnbc.com and Hot Air
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems: CIA may have misled Congress five times since 2001  —  The CIA may have misled Congress at least five times since 2001, two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday.  —  Intelligence subcommittee Chairwomen Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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.
Discussion: Freakonomics and Althouse
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 …
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 …
 
 
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