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11:00 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
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Dana Milbank's world
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
New York Times:
Public Option Push in Senate Comes With Escape Hatch
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Snowe disappointed with ‘opt-out’ public option
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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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 …
New York Post:
Doug Hoffman for Congress  —  New York's 23rd Congressional District lies near Canada, far to the north — but next week's special election merits attention throughout the state.  —  That's because the Republican candidate in that race, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, is the product …
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
New York race at epicenter of a GOP mutiny
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Glenn Beck goes all in for Doug Hoffman — and third parties
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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Don Surber:
CNN's numbers drop 68% in prime to last place
Discussion: Pajamas Media
CNN:
Obama, smack those playground bullies
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: NY-23 as 2012 litmus test?  —  The Iowa caucuses may be more than two years from now but a series of moves by potential Republican presidential contenders has turned a special election in New York's 23rd district into an early test of conservative bona fides.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Facebook campaign: Virginia
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Washington Post:
McDonnell has double-digit lead in Va. governor's race, Post poll says
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 …
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Aman Batheja / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Popularity fleeting, former president tells seminar crowd
Discussion: Politics Daily
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 …
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.
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 …
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,” …
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republicans impatient with leaders, awaiting healthcare alternative  —  Some House Republicans are growing frustrated that their leaders have not yet introduced a healthcare reform alternative.  —  For months, the message from House GOP leaders on a healthcare bill has been similar to ads for yet-to-be-released movies: Coming soon.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Dismal special election record hampers GOP's 2010 comeback  —  The GOP could lose its fifth of five big special elections in two years — a development that has Republicans asking why the irregular races continue to bedevil their party, even as it rebounds in other ways.
 
 
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Roland Burris Has a Lot of Questions About How the Federal Government Works
Discussion: Gawker
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
What if Bush had done that?  —  A four-hour stop in New Orleans …
Discussion: NPR Blogs
Robert J. Norrell / The New Republic:
The Race Man  —  Up from History:  —  The Life of Booker T. Washington
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Hit & Run
Rebecca Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Name ‘Smart Grid’ Projects
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Whispers:
Palin Book: Feminists Jealous of Sarah's Rise
Martin Vaughan / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Unit to Scrutinize the Wealthy
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Spiegel Online:
‘Obama Is Average’  —  In a SPIEGEL interview, Charles Krauthammer …
Michael Y. Park / People.com:
Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss Marries SNL's Fred Armisen
Discussion: Liberal Values
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Interim Freeze on Credit Card Fees and Rates
Discussion: Raw Story