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6:35 PM ET, October 28, 2009

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Matthew Mosk / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Democratic donors rewarded with W.H. perks  —  Offered access to bowling alley, movie theater  —  During his first nine months in office, President Obama has quietly rewarded scores of top Democratic donors with VIP access to the White House, private briefings with administration advisers …
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Matt Dornic / FishBowlDC:
Fox News and White House: “Truce”  —  A very reliable source tells FishbowlDC that Fox News VP Michael Clemente met with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this morning and reached what some are calling a “truce.”  —  Clemente then met with the FNC Washington bureau and encouraged staff to remain “fair and balanced.”
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Another bad moment for White House in war on Fox  —  The White House keeps up its attack on Fox News as biased in this video with Valerie Jarrett, another senior adviser to President Obama making the claim.  But watch how fast Jarrett folds when CNN anchor Campbell Brown asks her if pro-administration MSNBC isn't just as biased.
Discussion: Riehl World View and AmSpecBlog
Bonnie Erbe:
Obama Not Comfortable With Women in Basketball, Golf ... or Anywhere Else  —  By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog  —  President Obama drew heat last week for a story that surfaced outing his private White House male-only b-ball games.  The story was that even though two female members …
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Advisers Have No Regrets About Fox Feud
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
White House rebuts allegation that big donors get special perks
The Politico:
The lineup: Harry Reid's toughest votes  —  MoveOn says that 93 percent of its Arkansas members won't vote for Lincoln if she joins a GOP filibuster, and it plans to hold news conferences outside her district office — along with the district offices of Snowe, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) …
Discussion: SEIU, AmSpecBlog and Hot Air
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dodd is Against “The idea that people are going to be reprimanded” …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Evan Bayh: Procedural And Straight Up Or Down Health Care Votes Are …
Discussion: The New Republic and Daily Kos
CNN:
CNN Poll: 7 in 10 say Palin not qualified to be president  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll.  —  Seventy-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
On Healthcare, Americans Trust Obama More Than Congress  —  By 48% to 37%, more trust the Democrats than the Republicans in Congress  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tries to advance a healthcare reform bill onto the Senate floor, just under half of Americans, 48% …
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Republican dirty tricks in NY 23  —  A brand-new organization calling itself Common Sense in America is up with a major television ad buy in the New York special election, praising Republican Dede Scozzafava as the “best choice for progressives.”  —  At first glance, the group's ad looks like it's an endorsement of Scozzafava.
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Did Schwarzenegger drop 4-letter bomb in veto?  —  Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists  —  (10-27) 19:19 PDT SACRAMENTO — Did Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office use a coded veto message to send the f-bomb to Tom Ammiano, soon after the San Francisco assemblyman made news by telling the governor to “kiss my gay ass”?
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Abu Muqawama:
The Most Important Article on Afghanistan You'll Read This Week  —  Why, you ask?  Because if this is true, and if the CIA is empowering Ahmed Wali Karzai at the same time in which NATO/ISAF is saying abusive local power-brokers are a threat to mission success, then this is yet another example …
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New York Times:
Brother of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Pew Political IQ Poll: Republicans Consistently More Knowledgeable  —  You likely won't see this poll result elsewhere, so I thought I'd highlight it here.  This is a Pew Political IQ test conducted over the phone with 1,002 adults from Oct. 1-4.  They were asked 12 questions …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Don Surber
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today  —  That's the percentage of voters in a new Quinnipiac poll that agree with the sentiment that independent candidate Chris Daggett has “no chance” of winning the New Jersey governor's race next Tuesday.  —  What that number indicates …
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Mike Memoli / Real Clear Politics:
NJ Gov Poll: Corzine Jumps Ahead
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama appoints Hagel to intelligence post  —  President Barack Obama has appointed former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) to serve as a co-chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.  —  During his time in the Senate, Hagel was highly critical of the Bush administration's approach to the Iraq war.
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Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Hagel to lead Obama's intelligence oversight panel
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Right About Fox News  —  Journalism has a special, hallowed place for stories of its practitioners' persecution.  There is no higher claim to journalistic integrity than going to jail to protect a source.  And the Newseum in Washington, D.C., establishes the profession's legitimacy …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
To find right PR guru, Beck looked to his left  —  A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Glenn Beck, a young Tampa-based disc jockey eager to break into conservative talk radio, called his new Manhattan agent, George Hiltzik, to help arrange a visit to Ground Zero.
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 past six months.
Corey Johnson / #gay:
Attorney General Eric Holder Praises Hate Crimes Law, Lacks Familiarity with Maine Marriage Equality Ballot Measure  —  I just left the signing of the Department of Defense Authorization bill, to which the the inclusive hate-crimes bill was attached.  It was a very moving occasion and I'll …
Laura Clark / Daily Mail:
Parents banned from watching their children in playgrounds... in case they are paedophiles  —  Parents are being banned from playing with their children in council recreation areas because they have not been vetted by police.  —  Mothers and fathers are being forced to watch their children …
Discussion: Moonbattery
The Hill:
Pelosi to unveil health bill to House Democrats Thursday morning  —  House Democrats are planning to unveil a healthcare bill Thursday that could disappoint liberals in the caucus.  —  The bill is expected to include a public health insurance option divorced from Medicare rates …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ron Paul to visit South Carolina
Discussion: FITSNews and Top of the Ticket
The Note:
Palin: Levi Johnston ‘Mean-Spirited,’ ‘Malicious,’ Selling ‘Body for Money’
Discussion: The Politico, Gawker, Mediaite and msnbc.com
Hannah Giles / Big Government:
LameStream Media: Why Did You Bypass These Juicy ACORN Nuggets?
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Paul LeGendre / The Huffington Post:
Obama Signs the Hate Crime Bill into Law! What's next?
Discussion: The Daily Dish, ACS Blog and Hit & Run
John E. Kramer / Institute for Justice:
Cancer Patients Sue U.S. Attorney General in Bid to Save Lives
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
Grim Math at Forbes
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin created company while in office
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Paul Begala / Blogs and Stories:
Traitor Joe
John Koblin / New York Times:
Times Buyout Package Reveals More than Expected
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker