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9:35 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 …
The Hill:
White House visitor records show CEOs, celebs, familiar names
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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
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 …
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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 …
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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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:
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Liz Cheney Suggests Obama Honored Fallen Soldiers For The Publicity
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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” …
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.
Ezra Klein:
Will the public plan have higher premiums than private insurance?  —  I've been saying that a public option with negotiated rates probably won't post much of a price advantage against private insurers.  But according to the Congressional Budget Office (pdf), that's an overoptimistic take.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Politico and QandO
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 …
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
 
 
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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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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 …
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Isabel Macdonald / The Huffington Post:
NJ Law Enforcement Appear to Contradict Dobbs' Version of Gunfire Incident
Discussion: Wonkette and CNN
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Running?  Really?  —  As you see, the news today is that Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Fox News Poll: Most Blame Bush for Economy
Discussion: Washington Post and The Daily Dish
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
Toward a General Theory of Democratic Disgruntlement, Part 2
Discussion: Left in the West and Taylor Marsh