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9:25 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  —  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 …
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
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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.
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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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
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?
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Dismal special election record hampers GOP's 2010 comeback
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Michael Y. Park / People.com:
Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss Marries SNL's Fred Armisen
Discussion: Liberal Values
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Slow to Translate Intelligence, Report Says
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Interim Freeze on Credit Card Fees and Rates
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
The conservative public option
Discussion: Open Congress and The New Republic
The White House:
Missing the Boat on Cost Containment
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The New Republic
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
How to Burn Pelosi and Reid in Effigy
Discussion: Wonkette