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7:10 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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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) …
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] …
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Pelosi Drops 1,990 Page Health Care Bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and RedState
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
House health-bill event closed to public
Discussion: Townhall.com, Commentary and HazZzMat
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
House Health Reform Bill Outlaws Treating Domestic Violence …
Discussion: The Politico
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Health Care Budgeting 101: Fiscal Scolds Earn an “F-”
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TalkLeft
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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The Politico:
In shift, GOP leaders embrace Hoffman
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Rick Perry endorses Conservative over Republican in NY race
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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Holly Bailey / Newsweek Blogs:
Sarah Palin Charging $100K for Iowa Speech?  Not Exactly.  —  Palin in Iowa, November 2008.  Photo by Mark Hirsch / Getty Images  —  Politico's Jonathan Martin has a good story today about an Iowa conservative group's efforts to lure Sarah Palin to a fundraising dinner in Des Moines next month.
Discussion: Hot Air
David Plouffe / Time:
‘Audacity to Win’: Excerpt by Plouffe on Obama Campaign  —  In a new memoir, The Audacity to Win, David Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama's 2008 race for the White House, provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the campaign.  Here's an excerpt:  —  Agony.  Ecstasy.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Nervous W.H. intervened in N.J. race; top Obama adviser now in charge
Discussion: TPMDC
Democracy Corps:
Corzine Leads Christie by Five Points in New Jersey  —  With less than a week to go before Election Day in New Jersey, a new survey conducted for Stan Greenberg and James Carville's organization Democracy Corps shows Democratic Governor Jon Corzine slightly expanding his lead over Republican Chris Christie to 5 points.
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD, Blue Jersey and TPMDC
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christie: 'Man up and say I'm fat'
Discussion: The Awl and Wonkette
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.
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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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.
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
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Iran claims victory in nuclear battle with the West  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proclaimed victory in his battle with the West, claiming he has compelled the US and its allies to ‘co-operate’ with Iran's nuclear programme.  —  As Iran's nuclear negotiator handed in the country's response …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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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 …
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: RedState and Riehl World View
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.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Disgraceful: In 8 Years, George W. Bush Never Greeted Fallen Troops  —  This is what a president does. … NPR notes that, … Why? … Bush also preferred to go bed early, but apparently, could never get his ass out of bed early enough to honor the soldiers he so recklessly sent off to die.
People-Press.org:
Fox News Viewed as Most Ideological Network  —  Swine Flu Tops Weekly News Interest  —  The Fox News Channel is viewed by Americans in more ideological terms than other television news networks.  And while the public is evenly divided in its view of hosts of cable news programs having …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Corker Amendment Shall Not Be Introduced  —  Earlier today the [Finance]Banking Committee debated amendments to the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2009, a piece of legislation that is built around the Bayh-Kyl-Lieberman Iran sanctions bill that has garnered some 76 cosponsors in the Senate.
Discussion: The Cable
 
 
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McConnell: The Public Option ‘May Cost You Your Life’
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics to investigate Reps. Waters, Richardson; Graves criticizes OCE
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
The Mob That Wasn't Greets Arrival Of Pelosi Bill
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
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Charlie Crist Gets Desperate. …
Discussion: The Buzz and Erick's blog
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Report: Cash for Clunkers was a lemon
Discussion: Hot Air, theblogprof and Gateway Pundit
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Visits Returning War Dead