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9:15 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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer: We Prevailed On White House That Public Option Was The Way To Go  —  So how did we go from a White House at loggerheads with the Senate leadership last Thursday night over a public option, to a deal today that's exactly what the leadership wanted?  —  This evening I spoke …
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 …
New York Times:
Public Option Push in Senate Comes With Escape Hatch
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Comeback kids?  —  This is turning into a heck of a comeback story.
Discussion: MyDD
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Reid announces push for public option
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
CNN Drops to Last Place Among Cable News Networks  —  CNN, which invented the cable news network more than two decades ago, will hit a new competitive low with its prime-time programs in October, finishing fourth - and last - among the cable news networks with the audience that all the networks rely on for their advertising.
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Don Surber:
CNN's numbers drop 68% in prime to last place
Discussion: Pajamas Media
William Kristol / Washington Post:
The future of the GOP is outside the Beltway  —  Bien-pensant conservative elites and establishment-friendly Republican big shots yearn for a more moderate, temperate and sophisticated Republican Party.  It's not likely to happen.  And probably just as well.
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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.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Pajamas Media
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Vice President Biden's Favorable Rating Continues to Decline  —  Forty-two percent view vice president favorably, 40% unfavorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — After peaking at 59% last November, Vice President Joe Biden's favorable rating continues to decline and now stands at 42%.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
After 6 Days, RNC Finally Removes Photo Calling Mixing Of Races A “Crime Against American Values” … RNC FACEBOOK PAGE HOSTED BLATANTLY RACIST PHOTO  —  Earlier today, the Republican National Committee finally removed a racist photo of President Obama that had been featured on its Facebook page since October 20th.
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James Fallows:
More on the Minneapolis “overflight”  —  According to numerous accounts in the last hour — AP here, Reuters here, WSJ here — the current story from the Northwest flight crew that forgot to land in Minneapolis is that they were so absorbed in using laptops in the cockpit that they neglected …
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Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:   Laptops Cited for Pilot Inattention
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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” …
 
 
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Discussion: Open Congress and The New Republic
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How to Burn Pelosi and Reid in Effigy
Discussion: Wonkette