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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Pelosi Backs Off Set Rates for Public Option  —  WASHINGTON — Under pressure from moderate-to-conservative members of the House Democratic caucus, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to propose a government-run insurance plan that would negotiate rates with doctors and hospitals …
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) …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Breaking: Pelosi Unveils Merged House Health Care Reform Bill
Discussion: Riehl World View
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Speaker's ‘Affordable Health Care for America Act’ …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Beyond public option, big decisions loom for healthcare reform bill
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
edlabor.house.gov:
Affordable Health Care for America Act
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  —  Details should help president determine need  —  President Obama has asked senior officials for a province-by-province analysis of Afghanistan to determine which regions are being managed effectively by local leaders …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Goes to Dover
Discussion: Hot Air, The Greenroom and The Page
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Started to Grow Again in the Third Quarter  —  For the first time in a year, the United States economy grew, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.  But even if a recovery is technically in the offing, job seekers likely will not begin to feel the benefits for months to come.
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CEA Chair Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On Today's GDP Numbers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Romer on GDP  —  CEA Chief Christina Romer blogs on the GDP numbers:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Tuesday's Elections and the Democratic Agenda  —  Losses in New Jersey or Virginia could spook Congress.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Democratic enthusiasm for President Barack Obama's liberal domestic agenda—particularly for a government-run health insurance program …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Seeks Changes to Nuclear Deal  —  Iran has formally asked for changes to an International Atomic Energy Agency proposal to ship nuclear fuel out of Iran for reprocessing abroad.  —  The response represents a setback in attempts by the international community to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
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Associated Press:
Stimulus jobs overstated by thousands  —  WASHINGTON — An early progress report on President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan overstates by thousands the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program, a mistake that White House officials promise will be corrected in future reports.
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.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Politicians Butt In at Bailed-Out GM  —  Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg was no fan of the $58 billion federal rescue of General Motors Co., saying he worried taxpayer money would be wasted and the restructuring process would be vulnerable to “political pressure.”  Now the lawmaker says it's his “patriotic duty” to wade into GM's affairs.
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Shooting at North Hollywood synagogue investigated as hate crime; man detained [Updated]  —  A gunman approached a North Hollywood synagogue this morning and shot two people before fleeing, according to police, who are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC attacks Palin ‘lies’  —  The Democratic National Committee, keeping up its drumbeat of harsh new-media campaigns against GOP leaders, is rallying Democrats to attack Sarah Palin where she communicates — on Facebook.  —  In an email to its list (after the jump) and a web page …
Nina Shen Rastogi / Slate:
How bad should I feel about taking hot showers?  —  I know that taking long, hot showers is an environmental no-no. But now that the weather's getting colder, I just can't face the day without one.  Exactly how much damage am I doing to the planet?  —  Guilt is a tricky thing to quantify.
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Economy in U.S. Expands for First Time in a Year  —  Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. economy grew in the third quarter for the first time in more than a year, propelled by stimulus-driven gains in consumer spending and home building.  —  The world's largest economy expanded at a 3.5 percent pace …
Jennifer Stagg / KSL-TV:
Stockton officer defends actions in spite of suspension  —  STOCKTON — A traffic stop involving a young officer and the son of a small-town mayor has the whole town talking.  The mayor of Stockton tried to fire the officer for issuing his son a ticket.  —  Cpl. Joshua Rowell told KSL News he was just doing his job.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Desecrated flag’ video is DNC finalist  —  One of the 20 finalists in health care video contest run by Barack Obama's campaign arm features a mural of an America flag splattered with health care graffiti until it's covered completely by black paint.  —  In the video - which is accompanied …
 
 
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Rep. Bart Stupak / The Hill:
I am not trying to kill health reform; abortion remains key concern
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Little “Obama Effect” on Views About Race Relations
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