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1:00 PM ET, October 27, 2009

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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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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gingrich: NY-23 ‘purge’ 'guarantees Obama's reelection'  —  Gingrich made it again, at unusual length, to Greta Van Susteren last night:  —  VAN SUSTEREN: All right, the 23rd congressional district in New York — you're getting heat from Glenn Beck and others because you have endorsed …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Ric's Rulez
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.
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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Former NRCC Chair Tom Cole Endorses Hoffman in NY-23
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Aaron Blake / The Hill:   Dismal special election record could hamper Republicans' 2010 comeback
Doug Hoffman / National Review:
Yes, We Can — By: Doug Hoffman
Discussion: Townhall.com and TPMDC
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
On Being Wrong About the Public Option  —  I made two predictions this summer that look like they're not going to turn out very well.  One was saying that the unemployment rate wouldn't hit 10 percent (it hasn't yet, although it probably will) and the other was saying that the public option was “probably” dead.
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Dana Milbank's world  —  Only Dana Milbank could write an entire column about the “proposal” Harry Reid laid out at yesterday's press conference without explaining what Reid actually proposed: That the health reform bill he is sending to the CBO will include a public option giving the states the choice to opt-out.
Discussion: The Hill and The Impolitic
New York Times:
Public Option Push in Senate Comes With Escape Hatch
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer: We Prevailed On White House That Public Option Was The Way To Go
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Plum Line
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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WJLA-TV:
Exclusive: Final Battleground Virginia Poll  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - With one week until Virginia's gubernatorial election, an exclusive poll for WJLA-TV shows Republican Bob McDonnell retaining his commanding lead.  —  The SurveyUSA poll dated Oct. 27 shows McDonnell with a 17-point lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds, 58-41.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McDonnell's lead grows  —  Bob McDonnell has again expanded his lead in the race to be Virginia's next Governor and is now up 55-40 on Creigh Deeds.  A week ago the contest stood at 52-40.  —  There is some indication in the recent polls that Democratic voters are giving up on this race.
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:
McDonnell has double-digit lead in Va. governor's race, Post poll says
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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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bush debuts as motivational speaker
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Nielsen: Fox News ratings up almost 10% since WH declared war  —  It's a nine-percent bump in the two weeks since Anita Dunn's whine heard 'round the world — in terms of overall audience.  Among the coveted 25-54 demographic?  A 14-percent bump.  Good work, Barry.
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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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
AARP could benefit from the health insurance reforms it advocates  —  Seniors group makes millions from royalties on health plans  —  The nation's preeminent seniors group, AARP, has put the weight of its 40 million members behind health-care reform, saying many of the proposals will lower costs …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Foundry and AmSpecBlog
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.
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.
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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