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5:25 PM 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 …
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.
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PEACEFUL RESOLUTION IN HONDURAS.... Matt Yglesias noted earlier …
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 …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Miller: No amendments likely as healthcare bill moves forward
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Stimulus creates 650,000 jobs  —  White House releases first broad look at stimulus-funded employment, focusing on $150 billion in spending.  —  WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) — The largest stimulus program in the nation's history has created or saved at least 650,000 state and local jobs …
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Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
Toward a General Theory of Democratic Disgruntlement, Part 2  —  Yesterday, I raised the question of why Democrats approve of the current Democratic-controlled Congress at lower rates than Republicans did when they controlled the Congress.  This asymmetry, particularly in the short term …
Discussion: Left in the West and Taylor Marsh
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did White House pressure NYT into changing Dover story?  —  Originally, the New York Times reported on President Barack Obama's visit to Dover AFB and the arrival of fallen serviceman by explaining that the White House wanted Obama to be seen as concerned and aware of the sacrifices made in America's war policies:
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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.
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Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
NY-23 Across America
Discussion: The Fix, Hot Air and Daily Pundit
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: Online NewsHour and Shakesville
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: Matthew Yglesias and The Plum Line
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Opt-out divides Schumer and Emanuel
New Jersey Business News:
Stockton poll gives Corzine a razor-thin edge over Christie  —  A new poll finds incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine leading Republican challenger Chris Christie by 1 percentage point — 40 percent to 39 percent — heading into Tuesday's general election.
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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 …
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
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, Raw Story and Mondoweiss
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
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.
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 …
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?
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
 
 
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Sean D. Naylor / Army Times:
Allies turn Afghan insurgents into partners
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Good News: Federal Judge Cuts Convicted al Qaeda Ops Sentence …
PewResearch.org:
College Enrollment Hits All-Time High, Fueled by Community College Surge
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
GOP plan boycott of Boxer markup
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Running?  Really?  —  As you see, the news today is that Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb Bush: Obama trying to ‘attack capitalism’
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
Washington Post:
Mr. Cuccinelli's bigotry  —  KENNETH CUCCINELLI, the Republican …