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11:35 AM ET, October 29, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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] …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:   Breaking: Pelosi Unveils Merged House Health Care Reform Bill
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Speaker's ‘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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama's midnight trip to Dover  —  President Barack Obama made a midnight trip to Dover Air Force Base earlier today to meet the returning bodies of 18 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan on Monday.  —  Arriving at the base at 12:34 a.m., the president visited with the fallen troops' families in a chapel on the base grounds.
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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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 …
CEA Chair Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On Today's GDP Numbers
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 …
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.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gibbs meets Fox exec
Discussion: The Swamp
Matt Dornic / FishBowlDC:
Fox News and White House: “Truce”
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Lou Dobbs Claims Shot Fired at Home, Wife
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TVNewser
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Robert Kagan on President Obama's approach to Iran's nuclear effort
Discussion: Israel Matzav, Reuters and Commentary
BBC:
Police arrested over Iraq bombing
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Did Charlie Crist and Rich Heffley Create the Charlie Crist Hitler Video?
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Dean Baker / American Prospect:
NYT Drags German Miracle Through the Mud
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
High hopes for new GOP app
Discussion: Mediaite
The Onion:
Obama's Declaration Of Swine Flu Emergency Prompts Pro-Swine-Flu Republican Response
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Paul / Power Line:
It's all a big circle for the Democrats
Discussion: PostPartisan and Washington Post