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10:45 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.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Speaker's ‘Affordable Health Care for America Act’ …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
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 …
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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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.
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”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gibbs meets Fox exec
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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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WTOP.com:
AP IMPACT: Stimulus jobs overstated by thousands
Discussion: The Politico and Mediaite
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
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.
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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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 …
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.
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 …
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
NYT Drags German Miracle Through the Mud  —  Okay, I'm not on vacation, but this is a BTP flashback.  My original write-up of this NYT news article was way too positive.  This article was essentially a diatribe against Germany's welfare state.  To make its case, it turned an incredible success story …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Robert Kagan on President Obama's approach to Iran's nuclear effort  —  Watching the Obama administration launch its “new era of engagement” over the past 10 months, most seasoned observers have pondered two questions: First, if engagement fails, will the Obama team ever acknowledge that it has failed?
Discussion: Israel Matzav, Reuters and Commentary
Mike Allen / The Politico:
High hopes for new GOP app  —  House Republican leaders have introduced a colorful BlackBerry app called WhipCast that lets members and their aides check talking points and bill facts, follow votes, plan floor action and even keep up with rumors, polls and late-night comedy.
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Fix Poll: Rick Perry wins! (Or loses)
BBC:
Police arrested over Iraq bombing
Calculated Risk:
New and Existing Home Sales: The Distressing Gap
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Did Charlie Crist and Rich Heffley Create the Charlie Crist Hitler Video?
Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan Doesn't Need More Troops
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Arthur E. Foulkes / Tribune-Star:
Terre Haute soldier killed in Afghanistan
 Earlier Items: 
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Shortage of Vaccine Poses Political Test for Obama
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Heckling congressman to appear at Morristown rally
Discussion: Daily Kos, Blue Jersey and TPMDC
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Bayh: If 50 Senators Really Want a Public Option, They Can Get …