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2:25 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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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.
edlabor.house.gov:
Affordable Health Care for America Act
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
House Health Reform Bill Outlaws Treating Domestic Violence …
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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Kevin Whitelaw / NPR:
U.S. Economy Grows, At Last, But Jobs More Elusive
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Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Goes to Dover
Discussion: Hot Air, The Greenroom and The Page
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 …
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 …
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.
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Report: Cash for Clunkers was a lemon  —  A study by Edmunds.com released Wednesday suggests that Cash for Clunkers mostly gave money to people who were going to buy a new car anyway.  —  American taxpayers paid a lot of cash for those clunkers: $24,000 for each new car sold, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Peter Valdes-Dapena / CNNMoney.com:
Clunkers: Taxpayers paid $24,000 per car
Discussion: Townhall.com and YID With LID
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.
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: Power Line and Riehl World View
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.
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
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.
Najim Abed Al-Jabouri / New York Times:
For Every Iraqi Party, an Army of Its Own  —  SUNDAY'S coordinated suicide bombings in Baghdad, which killed more than 150 people, were a brutal reminder of how far Iraq still has to go in terms of security.  While things are far better than a few years ago, one huge task remains: getting the public to trust the Iraqi security forces.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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BBC:   Police arrested over Iraq bombing
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Meme Alert: MSNBC, Left Wing Equivalent Of Fox, Proves White House Hypocrisy?  —  The White House's hard pushback against Fox News has spawned a backlash meme of sorts: That whatever the excesses of Fox, the Obama administration has no trouble benefitting from an equally biased network on the left, MSNBC.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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.
 
 
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Charlie Crist Gets Desperate. …
Discussion: The Buzz and Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
New Hampshire paywall  —  The Union Leader just posted this banner …
Rep. Bart Stupak / The Hill:
I am not trying to kill health reform; abortion remains key concern
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Little “Obama Effect” on Views About Race Relations
Discussion: The Swamp and Politics Daily
Chris Frates / The Politico:
BREAKING — House bill to cost $894 billion
Discussion: Prescriptions and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Stagg / KSL-TV:
Stockton officer defends actions in spite of suspension
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Lou Dobbs Claims Shot Fired at Home, Wife
Discussion: 24Ahead, Michelle Malkin and TVNewser