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11:40 AM ET, October 28, 2009

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New York Times:
Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll  —  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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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 …
New York Times:
U.S. to Protect Populous Afghan Areas, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's advisers are coalescing around a strategy for Afghanistan aimed at protecting about 10 top population centers, administration officials said Tuesday, describing an approach that would stop short …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Don't Build Up  —  It is crunch time on Afghanistan …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The CIA Is In Afghanistan
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Isn't on the Ballot in Virginia Governor's Race, and Yet ...
Discussion: msnbc.com
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Defections have Dems ISO Plan B  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's appeals for party unity landed with a thud Tuesday with the very group he needs for his public-option push to pay off: centrists who hold the key to health reform.  —  And not just any centrists but one who makes liberals see red …
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Wall Street Journal:
Lieberman Steps Up  —  Opposing Reid's public option gambit.  —  Printer
Discussion: Commentary
Paul Begala / Blogs and Stories:
Traitor Joe
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
The Hill:
Kyl prefers opt-in healthcare over opt-out
Discussion: Washington Monthly and msnbc.com
Tim Redmond / Politics:
Arnold to SF: F**k You  —  It was hardly a bill of cosmic import, but Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's AB 1176 would have helped the Port of San Francisco with some financing issues.  It's the kind of bill that legislators offer on behalf of their cities all the time — and generally, they are non-controversial.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Schwarzenegger's secret message to the state Assembly: ‘F*ck you.’  —  The California Assembly and Senate recently unanimously approved Assembly Bill 1176 to help the port of San Francisco with financing issues.  But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has decided to veto the legislation …
Capitol Weekly:
Reading between the lines
Discussion: protein wisdom
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
For First Time Under Obama, Majority Says U.S. Is on Wrong Track  —  While the stock market has picked up and the country appears to be pulling out of the recession, a majority of Americans - for the first time in the Obama presidency - says the U.S. is headed down the wrong track …
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BUSINESS AS USUAL  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Business as usual: We're soon coming up on the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's presidential win.  And one of the messages he used during the two-year campaign …
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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John Koblin / New York Times:
Times Buyout Package Reveals More than Expected  —  Just over a week ago, every person in the Times newsroom was sent out a buyout package via UPS Next Day Air.  If 100 staffers don't raise their hands by Dec. 7, there will be layoffs.  —  We got our hands on one of the thickish brown envelopes that went to employees' homes.
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and The Awl
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.
Ismail Khan / New York Times:
Car Bomb Kills Scores in Pakistan  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A huge car bomb tore through a congested market of narrow alleys and crowded stalls in Peshawar's old town on Wednesday, killing more than 80 people, many of them women, while 160 more were injured, many of them seriously, local authorities said.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Wall Street Journal:
GMAC Asks for Fresh Lifeline  —  Lender in Advanced Talks for Third Slug of Taxpayer Cash — at Least $2.8 Billion More  —  In a stark reminder of how some battered financial firms remain dependent on government lifelines, GMAC Financial Services Inc. and the Treasury Department …
Nick Valencia / CNN:
Police: Gang rape lasted over two hours  —  (CNN) — A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition.
John McCain / CNN:
Why we can — and must — win the war in Afghanistan  —  Editor's note: John McCain is the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona.  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — For the first time since September 11, 2001, America is having a vigorous national debate about how to succeed in Afghanistan.  This debate is entirely worth having.
Discussion: Boston Globe and TPM LiveWire
USA Today:
Early reports: Job gains signal stimulus impact  —  WASHINGTON — States have reported using stimulus money to create or save more than 388,000 jobs so far this year, buttressing the Obama administration's claim that the $787 billion plan has had a significant impact on the economy.
Discussion: Columns
San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Bridge closed after repair falls apart  —  (10-27) 21:12 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Three pieces of an emergency repair to the Bay Bridge's cantilever section made over Labor Day weekend snapped and crashed onto the upper deck of the span late Tuesday afternoon, striking three vehicles and forcing …
 
 
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Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg:
Corzine Ahead in N.J. Governor's Race, Poll Finds
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: Mass. plan had no impact on cost
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Hagel to lead Obama's intelligence oversight panel
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GOP Honors Tea Party Marchers — And Inflates Their Numbers
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Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace  —  I was debating with Jon Chait …
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Exclusive: Robust Public Option Lacks Votes To Pass House …