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10:25 PM ET, October 28, 2009

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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.
Discussion: TPMDC and Hot Air
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Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Doug Hoffman Wins an Olympic Gold Medal, Gets Reagan Elected and F***s a Rat  —  Doug Hoffman is running for Congress on the nonentity ticket.  A millionaire accountant who's not even eligible to vote in the district he seeks to serve, Doug has never previously held nor sought elected office.
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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
White House rebuts allegation that big donors get special perks
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
The First Marriage  —  I.  —  Another Washington dusk …
Discussion: Gawker
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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Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Advisers Have No Regrets About Fox Feud
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Mediaite
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Another bad moment for White House in war on Fox
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Bayh: If 50 Senators Really Want a Public Option, They Can Get It with Reconciliation  —  Evan Bayh (D-IN) said on CBS's Washington Unplugged said that if fifty senators were dead set on getting a real public option they could always do that by using reconciliation.
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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.) …
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
CBS News:
Video: Unplugged: Bayh May Block Heath Care Vote
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Responds to Johnston
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Politics Daily
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
The Hill:
Pelosi chooses healthcare bill with public option favored by centrists  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is to unveil a health overhaul bill Thursday that includes the public health insurance option favored by her party's centrists.  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) will introduce a plan similar to what a group …
Discussion: New York Times, The Politico and MyDD
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Kristol: Breaking News: Pelosi Tries to Lead Democrats off a Cliff
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.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Obama Signs Hate Crimes Bill: “Another Step Forward In Creating A More Perfect Union”  —  This law champions the leftist value of partisan tolerance.  Medved pointed out on his radio show that the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill is named after a 21-year-old killed by two young men because of his homosexuality.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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Paul LeGendre / The Huffington Post:
Obama Signs the Hate Crime Bill into Law! What's next?
Discussion: ACS Blog, Hit & Run and The Daily Dish
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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Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Palin Headed to Iowa?
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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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 …
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How Dems outmaneuvered GOP on ACORN  —  Last Thursday was a confusing day at the House Financial Services Committee.  The committee was preparing to vote on legislation to create a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency when a fight erupted over ACORN, the community organizing group …
Discussion: Power Line
RushLimbaugh.com:
Rush's Response: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) Grills Goodell on Rush  —  Watch It!  YouTube  —  Rush's Response to Commissioner Goodell's Answer:  —  Of course, Goodell's a total weasel.  He had no answer about the Dolphins' owners so wouldn't even address the question …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cheney backs Hutchison  —  How much more fun could the Texas governor's race get?  —  The latest from AP:  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney will throw his support behind U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's campaign for Texas governor.  —  Hutchison's campaign confirmed Wednesday …
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R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Cheney will back Hutchison vs. Perry
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”?
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
 
 
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A Drop in the Wrong Bucket
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Rich Heffley and Charlie Crist Fail In Their Rubio Attack.
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama appoints Hagel to intelligence post
Hannah Giles / Big Government:
LameStream Media: Why Did You Bypass These Juicy ACORN Nuggets?
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin created company while in office
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