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7:45 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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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 …
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: Hot Air, SEIU and AmSpecBlog
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Evan Bayh: Procedural And Straight Up Or Down Health Care Votes Are …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The New Republic and TPMDC
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Bayh: If 50 Senators Really Want a Public Option, They Can Get …
Discussion: TalkLeft
CBS News:   Video: Unplugged: Health Care Needs “Fiscal Responsibility”
Matt Dornic / FishBowlDC:
Fox News and White House: “Truce”  —  A very reliable source tells FishbowlDC that Fox News SVP 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.”
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David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Another bad moment for White House in war on Fox
Discussion: Riehl World View and AmSpecBlog
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Advisers Have No Regrets About Fox Feud
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Discussion: TPMDC and Hot Air
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The Huffington Post:
Reid, Durbin Open To Majority Vote To Beat Health Care Filibuster  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid works to cobble together the 60 votes he needs to overcome an expected Republican attempt to block a floor vote on health care, there is still …
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Paul Begala / Blogs and Stories:
Traitor Joe
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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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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Kristol: Breaking News: Pelosi Tries to Lead Democrats off a Cliff
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Drum Roll ... House Health Care Bill To Be Unveiled Tomorrow
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPM LiveWire
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”?
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
The Note:
Palin: Levi Johnston ‘Mean-Spirited,’ ‘Malicious,’ Selling ‘Body for Money’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Former Gov. Sarah Palin is blasting away at the father of her grandson, issuing a blistering statement today that impugns Levi Johnston's motives in continuing to speak out against the Palin family …
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
Chris Wilson / Slate:
Why running the White House Web site on Drupal is a political disaster waiting to happen.  —  In yet another repudiation of its predecessor, the Obama administration this week migrated the White House Web site to Drupal, the popular open-source Web site management software.
Discussion: techPresident and Greg's Opinion
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 …
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.
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 and TVNewser
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.
Hannah Giles / Big Government:
LameStream Media: Why Did You Bypass These Juicy ACORN Nuggets?  —  The “Pimp and Pro” ACORN story hit America hard a few weeks ago.  It is a ripe story with endless angles to report on, and yet the Mainstream Media's favorite approach seems to be the method in which James and I orchestrated and gathered the information.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Rich Heffley and Charlie Crist Fail In Their Rubio Attack.
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Lynne Marek / LAW.com:
Price to PepsiCo for Not Being in Court: $1.26 Billion
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Law Blog
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Layoffs expected at AP by end of '09
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ron Paul to visit South Carolina
Discussion: FITSNews and Top of the Ticket
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
The First Marriage  —  I.  —  Another Washington dusk …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama appoints Hagel to intelligence post
Paul LeGendre / The Huffington Post:
Obama Signs the Hate Crime Bill into Law! What's next?
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 Earlier Items: 
John E. Kramer / Institute for Justice:
Cancer Patients Sue U.S. Attorney General in Bid to Save Lives
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin created company while in office
Discussion: The Awl, Wonkette and Gawker
John Koblin / New York Times:
Times Buyout Package Reveals More than Expected
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and The Awl