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8:40 PM ET, October 30, 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 …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   TPM gets in the pool
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 …
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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.
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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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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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
A Diplomatic Coup for the Obama Team.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Commentary
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Reports of a Deal in Honduras Are Premature
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.
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 …
Discussion: American Power and Hot Air
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: RedState and Shakesville
CREW:
CREW LAWSUIT RESULTS IN RELEASE OF NOTES OF CHENEY'S FBI INTERVIEW IN WILSON LEAK CASE  —  30 Oct 2009 // Washington, D.C. - Today, after successfully winning a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, under court order, CREW received documents related to former Vice President Dick Cheney's interview …
John / Power Line:
Do They Need the Public Option?  —  Much discussion of the House Democrats' health care bill has focused on its inclusion of the “public option,” which most observers see as a Trojan Horse intended to serve, ultimately, as the vehicle for socialized medicine as private insurers are driven from the market …
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
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Political Punch:
ABC News Poll: More Americans Prefer Public Option to Bipartisan Bill
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Plum Line
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Pat Robertson on hate crimes bill: ‘The noose has tightened around the necks of Christians.’  —  Yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network, televangelist Pat Robertson aired a segment slamming President Obama for signing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
Discussion: Shakesville and Online NewsHour
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Biden campaigning for Owens in NY 23  —  The White House is sending Vice President Joe Biden to upstate New York to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens in a last-minute push to help Democrats pick up the longtime Republican House seat.  —  The Biden rally will be taking place next Monday morning in Watertown.
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
What the NY-23 Special Election Is Really About  —  In the span of a few short weeks, the special election in New York's 23rd congressional District has become the one result that the savviest church members are polishing off our sharpest metaphors for.  —  But what would a victory by the Democrat …
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.
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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.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Daily Show Heckled, Attacked For Airing Interview With Leader Of Palestinian Nonviolent Democratic Movement  —  This past Wednesday, The Daily Show aired an interview with Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American peace activist and author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Mondoweiss
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 …
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 …
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
Washington Post:
White House announces end to HIV travel ban  —  Your Browser Does Not Support IFrames.  —  Updated 12:30 p.m.  —  By Garance Franke-Ruta  —  President Obama called the 22-year ban on travel and immigration by HIV-positive individuals a decision “rooted in fear rather than fact” …
Sean D. Naylor / Army Times:
Allies turn Afghan insurgents into partners  —  ISAF seeks to reintegrate insurgents back into society  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A new initiative to persuade low- and mid-level Afghan insurgents to lay down their weapons and rejoin society is already bearing fruit and holds great promise for the future …
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 …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Fox News Poll: Most Blame Bush for Economy  —  Here's a somewhat surprising result from the new Fox News poll.  Asked which president is “more responsible for the current state of the economy,” only 18 percent say President Obama.  Fifty-eight percent say former President George W. Bush.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Isabel Macdonald / The Huffington Post:
NJ Law Enforcement Appear to Contradict Dobbs' Version of Gunfire Incident  —  New Jersey state police seem to be contradicting CNN Host Lou Dobbs' account of a gunfire incident near his Sussex County, New Jersey, house.  —  On Monday on his radio show, Dobbs stated that “my wife has now been and I have been shot at.”
Discussion: Wonkette and CNN
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why do other countries care more about health care cost control?  —  Ralph Sisson, a loyal MR reader, asks me: … Putting normative questions aside, let's focus on the positive comparison.  I can think of a few factors here:  —  1. Americans have the “anything I want, whenever I want it” mentality of consumer spending.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Yossi Klein Halevi / Wall Street Journal:
The Return of Israel's Existential Dread  —  In tabloid cartoons and dinner conversations, Israelis brace themselves for war with Iran.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Jerusalem  —  The postcard from the Home Front Command that recently arrived in my mailbox looks like an ad from the Ministry of Tourism.
 
 
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
The Huffington Post:
Brian Williams From Afghanistan: How Kabul Changed Overnight …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and TVNewser
Katie Litvin / Top Stories from CQ:
How To Vote From Six Feet Under
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Good News: Federal Judge Cuts Convicted al Qaeda Ops Sentence …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Miller: No amendments likely as healthcare reform bill moves forward
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Running?  Really?  —  As you see, the news today is that Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
Toward a General Theory of Democratic Disgruntlement, Part 2
Discussion: Left in the West and Taylor Marsh
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb Bush: Obama trying to ‘attack capitalism’
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress