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9:20 AM ET, October 29, 2009

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Pelosi Backs Off Having 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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Breaking News: Pelosi Tries to Lead Democrats off a Cliff
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats Set Deal on Government Option
Discussion: Commentary and Truthdig
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Speaker's ‘Affordable Health Care for America Act’ …
The Hill:
Pelosi chooses healthcare bill with public option favored by centrists
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
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 …
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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.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gibbs meets Fox exec
Discussion: The Swamp and Townhall.com
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:   “Truce” Between White House and Fox News?
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.
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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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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The Politico:
Obama's off-schedule late-night trip  —  President Obama made a late-night trip not on his official schedule Wednesday to Dover Air Force Base, where the bodies of 18 U.S. service members who died Monday in Afghanistan were flown home.  From the pool report:
Political Punch:
President Obama Pays Respects to Fallen Troops at Dover Air Force Base
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.
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Loosening of F.B.I. Rules Stirs Privacy Concerns  —  WASHINGTON — After a Somali-American teenager from Minneapolis committed a suicide bombing in Africa in October 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating whether a Somali Islamist group had recruited him on United States soil.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Emptywheel
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 …
Arthur E. Foulkes / Tribune-Star:
Terre Haute soldier killed in Afghanistan  —  U.S. Army Sgt. Dale Griffin — a TH South graduate — killed by roadside bomb  —  TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute serviceman was among several U.S. military service personnel killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.  —  U.S. Army Sgt. Dale Russel Griffin …
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Shortage of Vaccine Poses Political Test for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The moment a novel strain of swine flu emerged in Mexico last spring, President Obama instructed his top advisers that his administration would not be caught flat-footed in the event of a deadly pandemic.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
 
 
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The Onion:
Obama's Declaration Of Swine Flu Emergency Prompts Pro-Swine-Flu Republican Response
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Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Heckling congressman to appear at Morristown rally
Discussion: Daily Kos, Blue Jersey and TPMDC
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RADIO CLAIMS: Reid jabs generate backlash
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How Dems outmaneuvered GOP on ACORN
Discussion: Power Line
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Obama Signs Hate Crimes Bill: “Another Step Forward In Creating …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Bayh: If 50 Senators Really Want a Public Option, They Can Get …
Discussion: CBS News, Open Left and TalkLeft
Lynne Marek / LAW.com:
Price to PepsiCo for Not Being in Court: $1.26 Billion
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Law Blog
Hannah Giles / Big Government:
LameStream Media: Why Did You Bypass These Juicy ACORN Nuggets?
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Pew Political IQ Poll: Republicans Consistently More Knowledgeable
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Don Surber