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8:15 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
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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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 …
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Palin Headed to Iowa?
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Responds to Johnston
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Politics Daily
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  —  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.
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Advisers Have No Regrets About Fox Feud
Discussion: The Swamp and Mediaite
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 and The New Republic
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAYH ENDORSES MCCONNELL LINE ON CLOTURE.... Democrats …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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”
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
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Paul Begala / Blogs and Stories:
Traitor Joe
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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Breaking News: Pelosi Tries to Lead Democrats off a Cliff  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to release the text of the Democratic health care proposal tomorrow, with the hope of bringing it to the floor as early as next Friday.  Pelosi will claim that the Congressional Budget Office …
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The Hill:
Pelosi chooses healthcare bill with public option favored by centrists
Discussion: The Politico
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
Paul LeGendre / The Huffington Post:
Obama Signs the Hate Crime Bill into Law!  What's next?  —  Ten years ago this month, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally attacked and murdered because he was gay.  A year before Matthew's murder, James Byrd.  Jr. was kidnapped, beaten, and stripped naked by three white supremacists …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hit & Run and ACS Blog
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New York Times:
Brother of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A.  —  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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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 …
Lynne Marek / LAW.com:
Price to PepsiCo for Not Being in Court: $1.26 Billion  —  Company asks court to excuse corporate bureaucracy that buried legal document for weeks  —  What's the cost of not showing up to court?  For PepsiCo Inc., it's a $1.26 billion default judgment.  A Wisconsin state court socked …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Law Blog
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
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.
 
 
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Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Biden popularity fades as role expands
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Drop in the Wrong Bucket
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Rich Heffley and Charlie Crist Fail In Their Rubio Attack.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Layoffs expected at AP by end of '09
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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama appoints Hagel to intelligence post
Hannah Giles / Big Government:
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John E. Kramer / Institute for Justice:
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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
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