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12:30 AM ET, October 29, 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.
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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.
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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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.
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Advisers Have No Regrets About Fox Feud
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Mediaite
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
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
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  —  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: The Politico and MyDD
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Pelosi Retreats on Having U.S. Set Rates for a Public Option
Discussion: The Nation
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
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
CORRECTED: Lieberman Proposed Public Option In 2004, Opposes It Now  —  [CORRECTION: We have been told that Joe's program here was not properly termed a public option, but was two different concepts — an expansion of government-run health care programs for the young, extending it up to age 25 …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin's high-risk, high-reward strategy  —  Washington (CNN) — When Sarah Palin weighed in last week on the contentious special congressional election in New York, she did so in her trademark way: unconventionally.  —  While other potential 2012 presidential contenders largely stayed quiet …
Discussion: Truthdig and Des Moines Register
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CNN:
CNN Poll: 7 in 10 say Palin not qualified to be president
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 …
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
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 …
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
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Republican vs. Conservative  —  Which side are the Democrats against?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  You might have heard about the unusual election next week in New York's 23rd Congressional District.  It's unusual for several reasons: It's taking place in an odd-numbered year, there was no primary, and there are three candidates.
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
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: Law Blog and The Moderate Voice
Sarah Avery / Raleigh News & Observer:
BCBS plea to customers on reform hits a nerve  —  This letter asks recipients to contact lawmakers to oppose a public health-care option.  —  Maybe it was just lousy timing, but many customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are ticked off at the mail they've received recently from the state's largest insurer.
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”?
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
RADIO CLAIMS: Reid jabs generate backlash  —  Supporters decry joking about effort to rig family car to blow up in 1981  —  The wife of Sen. Harry Reid and others are striking back at unsubstantiated talk radio claims that seem to downplay or dismiss the story of a 1981 attempt to blow up the Reid family car.
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.
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.
 
 
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Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Heckling congressman to appear at Morristown rally
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and Blue Jersey
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Oval Man Cave
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Wonkette
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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
Corey Johnson / #gay:
Attorney General Eric Holder Praises Hate Crimes Law, Lacks …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama appoints Hagel to intelligence post
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
On Healthcare, Americans Trust Obama More Than Congress
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Right About Fox News
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin created company while in office
Discussion: The Awl, Wonkette and Gawker