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10:00 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
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: What NY-23 means  —  Two things have become abundantly clear about the special election in New York's 23rd district over the past week.  —  The first is that Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman could win the special election next Tuesday.
WSYR-TV:
23rd Congressional debate held on NewsChannel 9
Discussion: National Review
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Daily Kos poll: Owens 33, Hoffman 32, Scozzafava 21
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 …
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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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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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.
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 …
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
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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.
People-Press.org:
Fox News Viewed as Most Ideological Network  —  Swine Flu Tops Weekly News Interest  —  The Fox News Channel is viewed by Americans in more ideological terms than other television news networks.  And while the public is evenly divided in its view of hosts of cable news programs having …
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
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
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 …
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.
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: Prairie Weather
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Parsing the Tuesday Election Returns — at Your Own Peril  —  Beware of the dreaded Only-Game-in-Town Syndrome.  Next Tuesday night — as actual statewide election returns flash across TV screens for the first time since Barack Obama's election — political junkies will face …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Opt-out divides Schumer and Emanuel  —  Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emanuel, the architects of the Democrats' historic take-back of Congress in 2006, talk to each other nearly every day in abrupt, Morse code bursts stripped of hellos, goodbyes and thank-yous.  —  On the surface, everything seems normal.
Discussion: The Page
Eric Jackson / TheStreet.com:
Evan Bayh: Hypocrisy on the Public Option  —  Stock quotes in this article: WLP , EMMS , LLY  —  WASHINGTON (TheStreet) — Evan Bayh, the junior senator from Indiana, is in the middle of a heated debate in the Senate on whether a public option should be included as part of President Obama's health care reforms.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senate Confirms Surgeon General  —  After much agitation earlier in the day, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Regina Benjamin as the nation's surgeon general on Thursday night amid a national emergency over the swine flu outbreak.  —  The Senate approved her on a voice vote.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Dave Stafford / The Herald Bulletin:
Daniels says Indiana is fighting back in recession  —  Governor talks to invitation-only crowd at Pendleton fire station  —  PENDLETON­ — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took a break from announcing some new Hoosier jobs on Wednesday to tell a Madison County crowd how the state is fighting …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
1,990 pages at $2.2 million a word  —  It runs more pages than War and Peace, has nearly five times as many words as the Torah, and its tables of contents alone run far longer than this story.  —  The House health care bill unveiled Thursday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words.
David Lat / Above the Law:
Brooklyn Law Won't Proactively Rat Out Its Students  —  Yesterday we reported on this announcement by Brooklyn Law School: … This stance proved unpopular with BLS students, as well as ATL readers.  In a poll, about 75 percent of readers answered “yes” when asked, “Should Brooklyn Law School …
 
 
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Guardian:
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Brian Leubitz / Calitics:
Oh, It's Going to Be Like That?  —  George Skelton catches a few …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
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