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4:25 PM ET, October 28, 2009

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The Politico:
The lineup: Harry Reid's toughest votes
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, The Plum Line and Hot Air
Paul Begala / Blogs and Stories:
Traitor Joe
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman says public plan must be ‘off the table’ to win his vote
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dodd is Against “The idea that people are going to be reprimanded” …
The Hill:
Kyl prefers opt-in healthcare over opt-out
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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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
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 …
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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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Don't Build Up  —  It is crunch time on Afghanistan, so here's my vote: We need to be thinking about how to reduce our footprint and our goals there in a responsible way, not dig in deeper.  We simply do not have the Afghan partners, the NATO allies, the domestic support …
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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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 …
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Palin Headed to Iowa?  —  TheIowaRepublican.com has learned that former Alaska Governor and Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin could be the featured speaker for the Iowa Family Policy Center's fall fundraiser in Des Moines on November 21.  The appearance would be Palin's first in Iowa since …
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”?
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Schwarzenegger's secret message to the state Assembly: ‘F*ck you.’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Schwarzenegger Gives California Legislature A Hidden Finger
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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
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
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: Mediaite and Gawker
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.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election  —  Virginia Governor: McDonnell Stretches Lead To 13  —  Republican Robert F. McDonnell has now opened a 13-point lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds with less than a week to go in the race for governor of Virginia.
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 …
The Hill:
Pelosi to unveil health bill to House Democrats Thursday morning  —  House Democrats will 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.
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Converting the Preachers  —  George Soros launches a $50 million effort to purge economics of its free-market zeal.  —  “Large swaths of economics are going to have to be rethought on the basis of what's happened.”  So said Larry Summers, President Obama's chief economic adviser …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAYH ENDORSES MCCONNELL LINE ON CLOTURE.... Democrats and other supporters of health care reform have a very simple message for center-right Dems who oppose fixing the system: just let the Senate vote.  —  The issue, of course, is cloture.  Reform proponents don't need 60 senators to pass a bill …
 
 
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Palin created company while in office
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT OPT-OUT STATES WOULD ‘PAY FOR’.... Greta Van Susteren claimed …
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The phony quotes keep coming …
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Hagel to lead Obama's intelligence oversight panel