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10:05 AM ET, October 28, 2009

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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lieberman: I'll block vote on Reid plan  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he'd back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's health care reform bill.  —  Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Defections have Dems ISO Plan B  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's appeals for party unity landed with a thud Tuesday with the very group he needs for his public-option push to pay off: centrists who hold the key to health reform.  —  And not just any centrists but one who makes liberals see red …
Discussion: The Note, Boston Globe and Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:
Lieberman Steps Up  —  Opposing Reid's public option gambit.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The health-care debate isn't over, notwithstanding the White House-Nancy Pelosi attempt to make it seem inevitable.  Majority Leader Harry Reid had barely announced his plan to include …
Discussion: Commentary
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: Robust Public Option Lacks Votes To Pass House, Internal Whip Count Document Shows  —  The House Dem leadership has conducted its preliminary whip count and has tallied up less than 200 likely Yes votes in support of a health care reform bill with a robust public option …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: Sure, I'd Filibuster A Health Care Reform Bill With A Public Option
New York Times:
Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country's booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years …
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New York Times:
U.S. to Protect Populous Afghan Areas, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's advisers are coalescing around a strategy for Afghanistan aimed at protecting about 10 top population centers, administration officials said Tuesday, describing an approach that would stop short …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Don't Build Up  —  It is crunch time on Afghanistan …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Tim Redmond / Politics:
Arnold to SF: F**k You  —  It was hardly a bill of cosmic import, but Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's AB 1176 would have helped the Port of San Francisco with some financing issues.  It's the kind of bill that legislators offer on behalf of their cities all the time — and generally, they are non-controversial.
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Capitol Weekly:
Reading between the lines
Discussion: protein wisdom
John Koblin / New York Times:
Times Buyout Package Reveals More than Expected  —  Just over a week ago, every person in the Times newsroom was sent out a buyout package via UPS Next Day Air.  If 100 staffers don't raise their hands by Dec. 7, there will be layoffs.  —  We got our hands on one of the thickish brown envelopes that went to employees' homes.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Awl
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pathetic: Jarrett backtracks from Fox News bias claim when asked about MSNBC  —  Credit CNN here.  Not only did Campbell Brown follow up with a question about MSNBC after this sorry hack went into Fox-bashing mode but CNN.com actually posted a write-up noting her lame retreat when confronted.
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Democratic donors rewarded with W.H. perks
Discussion: The Hill and JammieWearingFool
CNN:   Jarrett makes, retracts charge Fox is biased
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
For First Time Under Obama, Majority Says U.S. Is on Wrong Track  —  While the stock market has picked up and the country appears to be pulling out of the recession, a majority of Americans - for the first time in the Obama presidency - says the U.S. is headed down the wrong track …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace  —  I was debating with Jon Chait at a J Street panel this morning on the subject of “what does it mean to be pro-Israel?”  As expected, we disagreed on a number of points, most of which I was right on and he was wrong on.  But one thing he said in his opening remarks …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Big GOP names weigh in on N.Y. congressional race  —  A series of moves by potential Republican presidential candidates has turned a special congressional election next month in New York into an early test of conservative bona fides.  —  In the past week, former House speaker Newt Gingrich …
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Nick Valencia / CNN:
Police: Gang rape lasted over two hours  —  (CNN) — A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition.
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Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
Trigger Warning
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
GMAC Asks for Fresh Lifeline  —  Lender in Advanced Talks for Third Slug of Taxpayer Cash — at Least $2.8 Billion More  —  In a stark reminder of how some battered financial firms remain dependent on government lifelines, GMAC Financial Services Inc. and the Treasury Department …
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Chief of AMD Is Linked to Galleon  —  One of the technology industry's highest-profile executives has become ensnared in an alleged insider-trading case that is shaking the corporate and financial worlds.  —  A criminal case filed by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office earlier …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
News gets worse for the MSM  —  There have been a lot of bad days recently for what's come to be known as the Mainstream Media - or MSM - but Monday was one of the worst.  —  New circulation figures showed that big city papers had lost as much as a quarter of their circulation in the last six months.
Vanity Fair:
Letterman and Me  —  One of the few women ever to write for Late Night with David Letterman, the author (a longtime V.F. contributor) remembers a hostile, sexually charged atmosphere.  What's to be done?  Start by breaking late night's all-male gag order.  —  At this moment …
Brian Montopoli Updated / CBS News:
Alan Grayson Stands by “K Street Whore” Comment  —  Outspoken Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is under fire from both Republicans and Democrats after a month-old radio interview was posted online in which Grayson is heard calling an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke a “K Street whore.”
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Howie Klein / The Huffington Post:
Alan Grayson calls a whore a whore …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Bridge closed after repair falls apart  —  (10-27) 21:12 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Three pieces of an emergency repair to the Bay Bridge's cantilever section made over Labor Day weekend snapped and crashed onto the upper deck of the span late Tuesday afternoon, striking three vehicles and forcing …
 
 
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Isn't on the Ballot in Virginia Governor's Race, and Yet ...
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Flu-wary telecommuters may clog Web networks, GAO says
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
D.C. vote hopes fade on the Hill
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: A hostile climate for Sen. Inhofe the warming skeptic
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Sheryl Henderson Blunt / Weekly Standard:
Silencing Voices for School Choice
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Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
The Human Body Is Built for Distance
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Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
GOP Honors Tea Party Marchers — And Inflates Their Numbers
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