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5:00 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.
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:   “Truce” Between White House and Fox News?
Washington Post:   Obama seeks Afghanistan data to determine U.S. troop levels
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Advisers Have No Regrets About Fox Feud
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
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Drum Roll ... House Health Care Bill To Be Unveiled Tomorrow
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPM LiveWire
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
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.
Discussion: CBS News, Open Left and TalkLeft
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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
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 …
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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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.
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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
Corey Johnson / #gay:
Attorney General Eric Holder Praises Hate Crimes Law, Lacks …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Page
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.
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Victory for Obama Over Military Lobby  —  When the Obama administration proposed canceling a host of expensive weapons systems last spring, some of the military industry's allies in Congress assumed, as they had in the past, that they would have the final say.
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 …
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
Paul / Power Line:
It's all a big circle for the Democrats  —  Senator John Kerry seems to be emerging as President Obama's go-to person for foreign policy advice on critical issues.  This must be rather galling for Vice President Biden and especially Secretary of State Clinton.
Discussion: PostPartisan and Washington Post
CNN:
Did Schwarzenegger say f**k you to legislature?  —  Did Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mean to hide a message in this note?  —  (CNN) - Was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's message to state lawmakers unhappy - or obscene?  —  That's the current debate in California after the governor sent a letter directed to …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Police: SC state attorney caught with stripper  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — A deputy assistant attorney general who said he was on his lunch break when an officer found him with a stripper and sex toys in his sport utility vehicle has been fired, his boss said Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The State
The Onion:
Obama's Declaration Of Swine Flu Emergency Prompts Pro-Swine-Flu Republican Response  —  WASHINGTON—Claiming that the president was preying on the public's fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Heckling congressman to appear at Morristown rally  —  Rep. Joe Wilson, who gained fame for heckling President Obama with the words “you lie” while Obama spoke about health care to a joint session of Congress last month, will join a rally Sunday in Morristown.
Discussion: TPMDC and Blue Jersey
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.
 
 
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Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
RADIO CLAIMS: Reid jabs generate backlash
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How Dems outmaneuvered GOP on ACORN
Discussion: Power Line
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Biden popularity fades as role expands
Discussion: Wizbang
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Rich Heffley and Charlie Crist Fail In Their Rubio Attack.
Lynne Marek / LAW.com:
Price to PepsiCo for Not Being in Court: $1.26 Billion
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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
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Discussion: Gawker
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama appoints Hagel to intelligence post
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today
Discussion: Poll Tracker, Daily Kos and Blue Jersey
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
On Healthcare, Americans Trust Obama More Than Congress
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
To find right PR guru, Beck looked to his left
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker, TVNewser and The Awl
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Pew Political IQ Poll: Republicans Consistently More Knowledgeable
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Don Surber