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3:15 AM ET, October 30, 2009

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The Politico:
In shift, GOP leaders embrace Hoffman  —  The House Republican leadership is prepared to welcome Doug Hoffman into its ranks, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Thursday, a sign that the GOP establishment is recalibrating its approach toward …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Christie: 'Man up and say I'm fat'
Discussion: Wonkette and The Awl
Ryan Ellis / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
BREAKING: Comprehensive List of Taxes In House Democrat Health Bill  —  H.R. 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America Act” has been introduced—all 1990 pages of it.  This gargantuan beast contains thirteen new tax hikes.  Here they all are, with description and page number (PDF version):
Discussion: Big Government and The Foundry
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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Pelosi Drops 1,990 Page Health Care Bill
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Weekly Standard
Washington Post:
Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry  —  House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.
Discussion: New York Times
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Seven members of House defense subcommittee scrutinized by ethics investigators  —  Separate probes focus on ties to lobbying firm founded by Hill aide  —  Nearly half the members of a powerful House subcommittee in control of Pentagon spending are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress …
Discussion: The Buzz
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics to investigate Reps. Richardson, Waters; Graves criticizes the OCE  —  The House ethics panel voted Thursday to launch investigative subcommittees into separate charges against California Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson.  —  The moves signal the panel believes …
Discussion: The Politico and TPMMuckraker
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 …
Eric Jackson / TheStreet.com:
Evan Bayh: Hypocrisy on the Public Option  —  Stock quotes in this article: WLP , EMMS , LLY  —  WASHINGTON (TheStreet) — Evan Bayh, the junior senator from Indiana, is in the middle of a heated debate in the Senate on whether a public option should be included as part of President Obama's health care reforms.
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.
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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
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bayh reversal?  —  Hours after POLITICO posted results of a poll showing a possible backlash by Indiana Dems, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) backed off of previous statement saying he was considering siding with the GOP on a public option filibuster.  —  A spokesman emailed me the following statement just now:
Anill / Think Progress:
New Jersey Police: Reports Like Lou Dobbs' ‘Not At All Uncommon’ During Hunting Season  —  Several media sources have reported that shots were fired at the residence of CNN's Lou Dobbs.  While Dobbs and his anti-immigrant supports were quick to jump to conclusions about the motive of the shooting …
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David Lat / Above the Law:
Brooklyn Law Won't Proactively Rat Out Its Students  —  Yesterday we reported on this announcement by Brooklyn Law School: … This stance proved unpopular with BLS students, as well as ATL readers.  In a poll, about 75 percent of readers answered “yes” when asked, “Should Brooklyn Law School …
Los Angeles Times:
Iran reply on nuclear deal called ‘inadequate’  —  A Western diplomat says Tehran wants to send its uranium abroad for enrichment in smaller batches and over a longer period of time than foreseen by the U.S.-backed proposal.  —  U.N. nuclear inspectors arrive in Vienna after a visit …
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Iran claims victory in nuclear battle with the West
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Rick Perry endorses Conservative over Republican in NY race
Discussion: Daily Kos and 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.
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.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
How Democrats can say the bill costs less than $1 trillion  —  There was a lot of confusion this afternoon when the CBO released its cost estimate for the House bill.  Democrats had said earlier in the day that the bill would cost $894 billion — just under the $900 billion limit set by President Obama.
Discussion: The Note
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
Megan McArdle:
GDP Growing Again: Are We Finally Okay?  —  So GDP grew at 3.5% in the third quarter?  Are we out of the woods yet?  —  Maybe.  But I wouldn't bet on it.  —  I think we have bottomed out; I don't foresee the economy starting to contract sharply again.  But I'm not overimpressed by the growth figures, for a couple of reasons.
 
 
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Top Obama fundraisers get posts
Discussion: Big Government, The Hill and RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Old Hat People
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Commentary
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McConnell: The Public Option ‘May Cost You Your Life’
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
The Mob That Wasn't Greets Arrival Of Pelosi Bill
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Corker Amendment Shall Not Be Introduced
Discussion: The Cable
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Conrad: I Will Vote To Bring Health Care Bill To Debate …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Democrats Ask New Jersey Secretary of State to Ignore Mismatched …
Discussion: RedState and Riehl World View
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Report: Cash for Clunkers was a lemon