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8:55 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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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lieberman Steps Up  —  Opposing Reid's public option gambit.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The health-care debate isn't over, notwithstanding the White House-Nancy Pelosi attempt to make it seem inevitable.  Majority Leader Harry Reid had barely announced his plan to include …
Discussion: Commentary
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: Sure, I'd Filibuster A Health Care Reform Bill With A 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 …
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New York Times:
U.S. to Protect Populous Afghan Areas, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's advisers are coalescing around a strategy for Afghanistan aimed at protecting about 10 top population centers, administration officials said Tuesday, describing an approach that would stop short …
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
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.
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Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
Trigger Warning
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Fred to Newt: We're not ‘deaf, dumb’  —  Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson brushed back former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday over Gingrich's warning that the Republican Party is wrong to thrown in its lot with the Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Big GOP names weigh in on N.Y. congressional race  —  A series of moves by potential Republican presidential candidates has turned a special congressional election next month in New York into an early test of conservative bona fides.  —  In the past week, former House speaker Newt Gingrich …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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
Wall Street Journal:
GMAC Asks for Fresh Lifeline  —  Lender in Advanced Talks for Third Slug of Taxpayer Cash — at Least $2.8 Billion More  —  In a stark reminder of how some battered financial firms remain dependent on government lifelines, GMAC Financial Services Inc. and the Treasury Department …
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Chief of AMD Is Linked to Galleon  —  One of the technology industry's highest-profile executives has become ensnared in an alleged insider-trading case that is shaking the corporate and financial worlds.  —  A criminal case filed by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office earlier …
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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Howie Klein / The Huffington Post:
Alan Grayson calls a whore a whore …
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 …
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Times Buyout Package Reveals More than Expected  —  Just over a week ago, every person in the Times newsroom was sent out a buyout package via UPS Next Day Air.  If 100 staffers don't raise their hands by Dec. 7, there will be layoffs.  —  We got our hands on one of the thickish brown envelopes that went to employees' homes.
Discussion: Mediaite
San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Bridge closed after repair falls apart  —  (10-27) 21:12 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Three pieces of an emergency repair to the Bay Bridge's cantilever section made over Labor Day weekend snapped and crashed onto the upper deck of the span late Tuesday afternoon, striking three vehicles and forcing …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
D.C. vote hopes fade on the Hill  —  D.C. voting rights advocates ran into a major obstacle Tuesday, as the top Senate appropriator said he'd block any proposal to attach the District voting representation bill to a must-pass military spending measure.  —  “Forget it,” said Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
 
 
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Sheryl Henderson Blunt / Weekly Standard:
Silencing Voices for School Choice
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama touts smart grid grants
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
The Human Body Is Built for Distance
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Fatal Conceit  —  Humans are overconfident creatures.
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Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Iraq seeks new nuclear programme
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 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
The public option is not the Medicare option
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Meatless Mondays Draw Industry Ire
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems: CIA may have misled Congress five times since 2001