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2:24 AM ET, October 31, 2009

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Norm Eisen / The White House:
Visitor Records  —  As part of President Obama's commitment to government transparency, we are providing records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis online.  In December 2009, we will begin posting all White House visitor records for the period from September 15th onwards under the terms of our new voluntary disclosure policy.
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Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Transparency like you've never seen before  —  Today marks a major milestone in government transparency — and an important lesson in the unintended consequences of such vigorous disclosure.  —  We previously announced that the White House in December of this year would …
Think Progress:
Right Wing Falsely Asserts Right Wing Boogeymen Bill Ayers And Jeremiah Wright Visited The White House  —  Early this evening, the White House voluntarily released nearly 500 visitor records of “individuals visiting the executive mansion between Inauguration Day and the end of July.”
The Hill:
White House visitor records show CEOs, celebs, familiar names  —  The White House late Friday afternoon released 500 records of visitors and hailed the move as a historic moment in transparency.  —  The 500 visitors reflect 110 disclosure requests processed by the administration …
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
TPM gets in the pool
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Linda Rogers / L.A. NOW:
Gavin Newsom quits race for California governor  —  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who has been seen as a leading contender to be the next governor of California, announced today that he is quitting the race.  —  Newsom is withdrawing from the Democratic primary amid lackluster poll numbers and meager fund-raising receipts.
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom pulls out of governor's race  —  (10-30) 15:49 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Lacking both money and political momentum, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom withdrew from the California governor's race today.  —  “With a young family and responsibilities at City Hall, I have found it impossible …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newsom drops out of Cali. gov race
Discussion: Swing State Project
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele: Hoffman win is a GOP win  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that a victory by Doug Hoffman, the third-party candidate in the Nov. 3 New York special election, is a win for the GOP.  —  The actual Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, trails Hoffman …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
What the NY-23 Special Election Is Really About
Discussion: American Power
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:   Biden to NY 23  —  Josh Kraushaar and I report:
Political Punch:
$160,000 Per Stimulus Job?  White House Calls That ‘Calculator Abuse’  —  Posting its results late this afternoon at Recovery.gov, the White House claimed 640,329 jobs have been created or saved because of the $159 billion in stimulus funds allocated as of Sept. 30.
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:   Saved or created? W.H. can't tell
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Nick Baumann / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
22 Things Dick Cheney Can't Recall About the Plame Case
Discussion: Emptywheel
Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Deal Reached in Honduras to Restore Ousted President  —  MEXICO CITY — A lingering political crisis in Honduras seemed to be nearing an end on Friday after the de facto government agreed to a deal that would allow Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, to return to office.
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Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Reports of a Deal in Honduras Are Premature
Discussion: Financial Times
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
A Diplomatic Coup for the Obama Team.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Commentary
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
MSNBC Airs Uncensored Breast Self-Exam  —  This reminds me when Fox News plays a constant b-roll of girls in bikinis during, say, Spring Break while proclaiming, “Ohhhh, isn't that terrible!  That's so inappropriate!”  —  MSNBC's Dr. Nancy — who's show gets terrible ratings …
The Huffington Post:
Lieberman In '94: The Filibuster “Ails Washington” And Should Be Eliminated  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senator Joseph Lieberman's (I-Conn) threat to filibuster health care legislation that includes a public option for insurance coverage has sent minor shock-waves throughout Washington.
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010
Adam Kirsch / New York Times:
Ayn Rand's Revenge  —  A specter is haunting the Republican Party — the specter of John Galt.  In Ayn Rand's libertarian epic “Atlas Shrugged,” Galt, an inventor disgusted by creeping American collectivism, leads the country's capitalists on a retributive strike.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Attention Bush Apologists: Reagan Greeted Fallen Americans at an Air Force Base, Idiots  —  It appears my post yesterday got the teabaggers all riled up.  —  Apparently, their position is that George W. Bush's refusal to honor fallen Americans as they return to this country for the last time …
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Fox News:
Gore Vidal: Thirteen-year-old Roman Polanski rape victim was a ‘hooker’  —  Author Gore Vidal says he refuses to feel any sympathy for Roman Polanski's rape victim, whom he dubs a “hooker.”  —  In an interview with The Atlantic, the controversial 83-year-old author of such books as …
Discussion: The Reaction, Shakesville and RedState
CNN:
Source: Afghan election talks break down  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his election opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, have broken down, a Western source close to the Afghan leadership told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday.
Bill Hennessy / Big Government:
New York 23: When a Nation Calls  —  The Tea Party movement has been quiet since the September 12 massive rallies in Washington, Quincy, Dallas, and elsewhere.  Paul Krugman was so bold as to write on October 26, “the tea baggers have come and gone.”  On the same day, CBS News blogger Charles …
Ali A. Akbar / Campaign Trail:
NRCC Pulling Out of NY-23?  —  I'm hearing that the NRCC is pulling out of NY-23.  It's coming from a credible source familiar with the operation inside of the beltway Committee.  —  That being said I just reached out to Matthew Burns, Spokesman for the Scozzafava campaign, who denied this claim.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Deal in Senate on Protecting News Sources  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, leading Senate Democrats and a coalition of news organizations have reached tentative agreement on legislation providing greater protections against fine or imprisonment to reporters who refuse to identify confidential sources.
Discussion: The Caucus and MoJo Blog Posts
Chris Edwards / Cato @ Liberty:
The Death of Private Investment  —  The Bureau of Economic Analysis released third-quarter gross domestic product numbers yesterday, and overall real growth at 3.5 percent was pretty good.  —  But examining the components of GDP reveals a more disturbing picture.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Note:
Pelosi on Awkward Moment with Reid: It's Not Him — It's Afghanistan  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  In an interview with ABC's Bill Weir yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked what was going through her mind earlier this month when she seemed to recoil when Senate Majority …
 
 
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Read It Here First  —  The Bottom Line has obtained a copy …
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Chirac Ordered to Face Trial in France
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Here's The Lowdown: Are The Affordability Credits in The Reform Bill Affordable?
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The Huffington Post:
Brian Williams From Afghanistan: How Kabul Changed Overnight …
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