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4:55 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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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
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Donors got access to bowling alley, WH movies, Messina
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 …
Gerald Posner / Blogs and Stories:
The Karzai Brothers Fight Back
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Palin Headed to Iowa?
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
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The Politico:
The lineup: Harry Reid's toughest votes
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, The Plum Line and Hot Air
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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The Hill:
Rep. Stupak threatens to work with Republicans to kill healthcare bill  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on Tuesday threatened that he may work with Republicans to torpedo healthcare reform unless he gets a vote to strip abortion-related provisions out of the House bill.
The Hill:
Pelosi to unveil health bill to House Democrats Thursday morning  —  House Democrats are planning to 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 …
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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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama appoints Hagel to intelligence post  —  President Barack Obama has appointed former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) to serve as a co-chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.  —  During his time in the Senate, Hagel was highly critical of the Bush administration's approach to the Iraq war.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Hagel to lead Obama's intelligence oversight panel
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 …
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report and The Page
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Associated Press:
Cheney to campaign for Kay Bailey Hutchison
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
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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Paul LeGendre / The Huffington Post:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin created company while in office
Discussion: The Awl and Gawker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT OPT-OUT STATES WOULD ‘PAY FOR’.... Greta Van Susteren claimed …
Discussion: Angry Bear and National Review
Paul Begala / Blogs and Stories:
Traitor Joe
USA Today:
Early reports: Job gains signal stimulus impact