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5:30 PM ET, October 29, 2009

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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
House health-care reform bill includes public option, Medicaid expansion  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will unveil a health-care reform bill on Thursday that includes a government insurance option and a historic expansion of Medicaid, although sticking points in the legislation involving abortion and immigration remain unresolved.
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edlabor.house.gov:
Affordable Health Care for America Act  —  For the first time in U.S. history, all Americans would have access to quality, affordable health care under updated health insurance reform legislation unveiled by House Democrats.  —  The Affordable Health Care for America Act [H.R. 3962] …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rehearsal for an anti-choice protest: 'Okay, you stand here and she's gonna whip you with this whip.'  —  This week, radical anti-choice activist and Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry launched a contest encouraging people to make videos burning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) …
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Pelosi Drops 1,990 Page Health Care Bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard, RedState and Hot Air
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
House Health Reform Bill Outlaws Treating Domestic Violence …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Democrats in House Present $894 Billion Health Package
Discussion: Truthdig
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Breaking: Pelosi Unveils Merged House Health Care Reform Bill
Discussion: Riehl World View
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
The Outlook for the 2009 Elections  —  We are still a few days away from Election Day, but party strategists, operatives and local activists are already blaming their own nominees for their defeats.  —  The clearest evidence that the Virginia gubernatorial race is over …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christie: 'Man up and say I'm fat'  —  Chris Christie, New Jersey's Republican nominee for governor, said Thursday that Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine should quit hinting at his weight with unflattering ads and “man up and say I'm fat.”  —  Christie declared that he will be “a big fat winner” …
Discussion: The Awl and Wonkette
Democracy Corps:
Corzine Leads Christie by Five Points in New Jersey
Discussion: TPMDC and Blue Jersey
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa Republicans wince at Palin fee  —  A conservative Iowa group's effort to lure Sarah Palin to its banquet next month has had an unintended effect: Rather than exciting conservatives about the prospect of a visit from the former Alaska governor, the group's plan to raise a six-figure sum …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Nervous W.H. intervened in N.J. race; top Obama adviser now in charge  —  One of President Barack Obama's key political advisers has become the central strategist in New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's bruising campaign for re-election, a race the White House desperately wants to win to avert …
Discussion: TPMDC
Boston Weather, Breaking News and Sports from WBZ-TV:
Gates, Crowley Spotted Together In Cambridge Bar  —  CAMBRIDGE (WBZ) ― Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley were spotted at a pub in Cambridge Wednesday night.  —  The owner of “River Gods” told WBZ the two sat in a booth together and talked for about an hour.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Visits Returning War Dead  —  President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base early Thursday morning to meet with family members and pay his respects as the flag-draped coffins carrying bodies of 18 American troops killed this week in Afghanistan were returned to the United States.
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Washington Post:
Obama seeks Afghanistan data to determine U.S. troop levels
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Began to Grow Again in the Third Quarter  —  Ending the longest contraction since World War II, the United States economy finally grew in the third quarter of this year, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.  —  The nation's gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate …
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Watertown Daily Times:
Important choice  —  Scozzafava is best qualified for House  —  The national attention focused on the special election for New York's 23rd Congressional District has proved exhilarating, frustrating and slightly irrelevant.  —  Political analysts have cast the three-way race in different ways.
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Dale Lezon / Houston Chronicle:
Attorney O'Quinn killed in Houston wreck  —  Prominent Houston attorney John O'Quinn was one of two men who died this morning when their SUV slammed into a large tree on Allen Parkway after the driver apparently lost control, police said.  —  “I'm stunned.
Discussion: Law Blog and TRAIL BLAZERS
Corrie MacLaggan / Postcards:
Perry on Palin vs. Cheney  —  Gov. Rick Perry, a bit breathless from running, was on 98.1 KVET this morning to tout the Rise Across Texas Challenge, an 850-mile bike ride next March benefiting the Rise School.  —  The governor also talked politics a bit.  He said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour …
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Report: Cash for Clunkers was a lemon  —  A study by Edmunds.com released Wednesday suggests that Cash for Clunkers mostly gave money to people who were going to buy a new car anyway.  —  American taxpayers paid a lot of cash for those clunkers: $24,000 for each new car sold, according to a study released Wednesday.
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Orly Taitz Smacked Down: Birther Lawsuit Dismissed  —  Central District of California Judge David O. Carter has dismissed Barnett et al v. Obama et al, Orly Taitz's most successful lawsuit — that is, the one that got the furthest through the legal system — demanding proof of the president's citizenship.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Little “Obama Effect” on Views About Race Relations  —  Attitudes toward race not significantly improved from previous years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans, 56%, believe that a solution to America's race-relations problem will eventually be worked out — a figure that is roughly …
Atrios / Eschaton:
A Question  —  Last night at a roundtable for our nations's elite, that is to say, “bloggers,” Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, implied, though did not say outright, that one consequence of the real estate bubble was that manufacturing and other types of businesses were finding it difficult to obtain credit at favorable terms.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Democrats Ask New Jersey Secretary of State to Ignore Mismatched Signatures on Absentee-Ballot Requests — By: Jim Geraghty  —  This year, New Jersey's registered voters can request a mail-in ballot for any reason.  (Before 2005, voters needed to provide a reason for why they needed an absentee ballot.)
Discussion: Power Line and Riehl World View
 
 
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Reid Blasts Republicans Over Surgeon General Vote Delay, Other Holds and Filibusters
Discussion: ACS Blog and Ezra Klein
WilliamPatrickCorgan / Everything From Here To There:
Health and A Well-Being
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Charlie Crist Gets Desperate. …
Discussion: Erick's blog and The Buzz
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
New Hampshire paywall  —  The Union Leader just posted this banner …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Meme Alert: MSNBC, Left Wing Equivalent Of Fox, Proves White House Hypocrisy?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Shooting at North Hollywood synagogue investigated as hate crime …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Nina Shen Rastogi / Slate:
How bad should I feel about taking hot showers?
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Politicians Butt In at Bailed-Out GM
Discussion: Commentary and The Page