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11:50 AM ET, October 30, 2009

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Washington Post:
Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry  —  House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Seven members of House defense subcommittee scrutinized by ethics investigators  —  Separate probes focus on ties to lobbying firm founded by Hill aide  —  Nearly half the members of a powerful House subcommittee in control of Pentagon spending are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics to investigate Reps. Richardson, Waters; Graves criticizes the OCE
Discussion: The Politico and TPMMuckraker
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Pataki endorses Hoffman  —  Former New York Gov. George Pataki endorsed Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman tonight, the clearest sign yet that even the most establishment New York Republicans now view Hoffman as having the best shot at preventing a Democrat from winning next Tuesday's special election.
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The Politico:
In shift, GOP leaders embrace Hoffman  —  The House Republican leadership is prepared to welcome Doug Hoffman into its ranks, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Thursday, a sign that the GOP establishment is recalibrating its approach toward …
WSYR-TV:
23rd Congressional debate held on NewsChannel 9  —  East Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The battle for the 23rd Congressional seat reached a high point Thursday night on NewsChannel 9.  —  Ever since John McHugh was appointed Secretary of the Army, the three candidates and their national supporters have been going at it.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: What NY-23 means
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Huckabee hearts no one in N.Y. 23rd
Discussion: RedState
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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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010  —  Subway Series: Former Dem Veep Candidate Plans to Campaign for GOP  —  Sounding more like an independent than a Democrat, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., tells ABC News he will campaign for some Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Defining Moment  —  O.K., folks, this is it.  It's the defining moment for health care reform.  —  Past efforts to give Americans what citizens of every other advanced nation already have — guaranteed access to essential care — have ended not with a bang, but with a whimper …
Political Punch:
ABC News Poll: More Americans Prefer Public Option to Bipartisan Bill  —  In our most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll respondents were asked:  —  “Which of these would you prefer - (a plan that includes some form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can't get affordable …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Opt-out divides Schumer and Emanuel
Discussion: The Page
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
The White House Stupidly Goes To War With Car Web Site Edmunds.com  —  It is an odd, and we'd say regrettable, pattern of this White House that it lets itself get dragged down into fights with specific media outlets.  —  George W. Bush experienced acrimony with the New York Times …
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Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Brutal ruling quashes birthers' suit  —  A federal judge in California has issued a brutal ruling dismissing a closely-watched “birthers'” lawsuit challenging President's Barack Obama's qualifications to be president.  —  In a 30-page ruling issued Thursday morning, Judge David Carter used …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael W. McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
The Pay Czar Is Unconstitutional  —  Kenneth Feinberg hasn't been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last week's announcement that “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg slashed compensation for executives at seven large financial firms by an average of 50% stunned Wall Street …
Discussion: Law Blog and Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
We're Governed by Callous Children  —  Americans feel increasingly disheartened, and our leaders don't even notice.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The new economic statistics put growth at a healthy 3.5% for the third quarter.  We should be dancing in the streets.
Associated Press:
Clinton Faces Pakistani Anger at Drone Attacks  —  ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came face-to-face Friday with simmering Pakistani anger over U.S. aerial drone attacks in their country and drew back slightly from her blunt remarks suggesting Pakistani officials know where terrorists are hiding.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on Obama's Afghanistan ‘drift’  —  Old Soviet joke:  —  Moscow, 1953.  Stalin calls in Khrushchev.  —  “Niki, I'm dying.  Don't have much to leave you.  Just three envelopes.  Open them, one at a time, when you get into big trouble.”  —  A few years later, first crisis.
David Rogers / The Politico:
'I'm not big on showing weakness'  —  Even before her bill reaches the House floor, health care reform has been a lesson in the limits of power for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and in the immense challenge of managing disappointment on the left.  —  The bill rolled out Thursday is weaker …
Mallory Simon / CNN:
They make their mark in mug shot history  —  (CNN) — Police say guilt was written all over their faces.  —  Police received a call Friday night that two men with hooded sweatshirts and painted faces had tried to break into a man's home in Carroll, Iowa.  —  When police stopped …
Discussion: Telegraph, Boing Boing and Neatorama
John M. Annese / Staten Island Advance:
New Brighton wife tried to kill husband over Muslim principles, cops allege … STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 37-year-old wife from New Brighton tried to slit her husband's throat as he slept because he was not the devout Muslim she believed she married, and pressured her to eat pork and drink alcohol, authorities allege.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Senate Naysayer, Spoiling for Health Care Fight  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Tom Coburn's office is the rare Capitol Hill work space without a “me wall” — the display of photographs of a lawmaker standing beside presidents, foreign leaders and other dignitaries, all illustrating How Big a Deal he is.
Washington Post:
Mr. Cuccinelli's bigotry  —  KENNETH CUCCINELLI, the Republican candidate for Virginia state attorney general, believes it's “appropriate” to formulate public policy on the premise that homosexuals engage in behavior that is “intrinsically wrong” and offensive to “natural law.”
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Iran accused of playing games on nuclear deal  —  Iran has been accused of playing games after attempting to renegotiate a deal on its nuclear programme.  —  Tehran responded to an International Atomic Energy Agency offer to send its uranium abroad for enrichment by submitting a counterproposal.
Discussion: Yourish.com
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New York Times:
Tehran Rejects Nuclear Accord, Officials Report
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Tenacity Question  —  Today, President Obama will lead another meeting to debate strategy in Afghanistan.  He will presumably discuss the questions that have divided his advisers: How many troops to commit?  How to define plausible goals?  Should troops be deployed broadly or just in the cities and towns?
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Prairie Weather
 
 
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CNN:
Women beaten for not wearing socks, officials say
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: Stimulus saved 1 million jobs
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
CBO: Public option premiums higher than private plans
Discussion: New York Times and Ezra Klein
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senate Confirms Surgeon General
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
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