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10:20 AM ET, October 27, 2009

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The Huffington Post:
Durbin: Progressives Forced Our Hand On Public Option  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democratic leaders were forced to include a national public health insurance option as part of health care reform by progressive Democratic senators who refused to support anything less, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Monday.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Harry Reid, party of one, on the health-care public option  —  What Harry Reid did Monday afternoon gave new meaning to the phrase “public option.”  —  The Senate majority leader, after haggling behind closed doors with members of his Democratic caucus …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer: We Prevailed On White House That Public Option Was The Way To Go
New York Times:
Public Option Push in Senate Comes With Escape Hatch
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Snowe disappointed with ‘opt-out’ public option
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Comeback kids?  —  This is turning into a heck of a comeback story.
Discussion: MyDD
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Right Battles G.O.P. in a Pivotal Race in New York  —  WATERTOWN, N.Y. — From a command center inside the Days Inn here, conservatives from around the country are fighting to preserve what they see as the integrity of the Republican Party.  —  Urged on by leaders like former Gov. Sarah Palin …
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
New York race at epicenter of a GOP mutiny  —  Many conservative voters are rejecting the party nominee in a special House election, leaving leaders to rethink the Republican Party's identity.  —  Reporting from Washington - Silvan Johnson adores Sarah Palin, belongs to a conservative discussion group …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Glenn Beck goes all in for Doug Hoffman — and third parties
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Don Surber:
CNN's numbers drop 68% in prime to last place
Discussion: Pajamas Media
CNN:
Obama, smack those playground bullies
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Biden's popularity plunges; lower than Cheney's  —  Vice President Joe Biden's favorable rating has fallen to 42 percent in a new Gallup poll, down from a high of 59 percent just after last year's election.  Biden's unfavorable rating in the new poll is 40 percent, up from 29 percent last November.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Vice President Biden's Favorable Rating Continues to Decline
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
McDonnell has double-digit lead in Va. governor's race, Post poll says  —  Republican Robert F. McDonnell carries a double-digit lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds into the final week of the campaign for Virginia governor, according to a new Washington Post poll.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: NY-23 as 2012 litmus test?
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Deeds: I didn't push the president away
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress, Don Surber and Gawker
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Aman Batheja / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Popularity fleeting, former president tells seminar crowd
Discussion: Raw Story
Robin Pagnamenta / Times of London:
Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet  —  People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.  —  In an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said …
CNN:
CNN Poll: 6 in 10 back ‘cap and trade’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Six in 10 Americans support a “cap and trade” proposal to cut pollution, according to a new national poll.  —  Sixty percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say they favor “cap and trade,” …
The Politico:
Grayson goes too far for colleagues  —  Republicans and Democrats slammed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) for calling Linda Robertson, an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, a “K Street whore” in a month-old radio interview that circulated on Capitol Hill Monday night.  —  “There's no call for that language.
Jerusalem Post:
J Street branch drops pro-Israel slogan  —  J Street's university arm has dropped the “pro-Israel” part of the left-wing US lobby's “pro-Israel, pro-peace” slogan to avoid alienating students.  —  That decision was part of the message conveyed to young activists who attended a special weekend program …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
MacFarlane special loses Microsoft  —  Company yanks sponsorship of Fox show  —  Microsoft has yanked its sponsorship from Fox's upcoming Seth MacFarlane comedy/variety special over content concerns.  —  Fox still plans to air “Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show” …
Scott / Power Line:
Rocco's Modern Life  —  Rocco Landesman is President Obama's handpicked chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Last week he gave the keynote address to the 2009 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference.  Those of us concerned about the politicization of life and art in the Age of Obama …
 
 
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Washington Whispers:
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Martin Vaughan / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Unit to Scrutinize the Wealthy
Discussion: Raw Story
Boston Globe:
Rivals sound a Kennedy theme
Spiegel Online:
‘Obama Is Average’  —  In a SPIEGEL interview, Charles Krauthammer …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Dismal special election record hampers GOP's 2010 comeback
Discussion: msnbc.com
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Liberal Values
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Interim Freeze on Credit Card Fees and Rates
Discussion: Raw Story
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Statisticians reject global cooling