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2:00 PM ET, September 30, 2010


 Top Items: 
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's May Drop Health Plan  —  McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.  —  The move is one of the clearest indications …
The Politico:
WSJ bombshell: McDonald's mulls dropping coverage - Schwarzenegger runs up against deadline for health exchange law - Health reform workforce board picked today - The SGR fight returns  —  DRIVING YOUR DAY: WILL SCHWARZENEGGER TERMINATE REFORM?  The California governor must decide today whether …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sebelius: WSJ Report on McDonald's Health Insurance “Flat Out Wrong”
WSJ Report States Fast Food Giant Is Considering Dropping ‘Mini-Med’ Plan
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Ronald McDonald v. Health Care Reform
Discussion: Ezra Klein
NY Daily News:
New Yorkers outraged as bureaucrats order city to change lettering on every single street sign  —  The city will change the lettering on every single street sign - at an estimated cost of about $27.5 million - because the feds don't like the font.  —  Street names will change from all capital letters …
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
$27 million to change NYC signs from all-caps  —  Tweet  —  The Capital of the World is going lower-case.  —  Federal copy editors are demanding the city change its 250,900 street signs — such as these for Perry Avenue in The Bronx — from the all-caps style used for more than a century …
The Caucus:
Emanuel's Departure Set; Rouse to Replace Him  —  Updated President Obama will give his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, a send-off Friday as Mr. Emanuel officially announces his departure from the West Wing to run for mayor of Chicago, officials familiar with the decision said.
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Boehner backs Issa on subpoena promises
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to meet Democratic leaders before they leave to campaign
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Spokesman: Obama may get chance to add more ‘fresh legs’ at White House
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate blocks recess appointments with deal between Dems, GOP  —  Senate Democrats struck a deal Wednesday night with Republicans to keep President Obama from making recess appointments while Congress is out of town campaigning for the midterm elections.  —  Democratic leaders have agreed …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murkowski targets Tea Party Express in new ad  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Wednesday released two new TV ads her campaign says will counter the Tea Party Express.  —  Earlier this week, the group unveiled its own TV ad targeting Murkowski, which spokesman Levi Russell said he hopes …
Ivan Moore / Anchorage Press:
The Moore Report: New poll numbers
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump  —  It started with a Twitter message on Sept. 19: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight.  I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam.  I saw him making out with a dude.  Yay.”  —  That night, the authorities say …
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Victim of Secret Dorm Sex Tape Posts Facebook Goodbye, Jumps to His Death
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney, Palin at Front of GOP Presidential Field  —  Preferences for leaders similar among conservative, moderate/liberal Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin lead other potential candidates in Republicans' preferences for the party's 2012 presidential nomination.
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
Paladino and Post reporter square off  —  Tweet  —  Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and Post State Editor Fredric U. Dicker last night got into an angry confrontation — during which Paladino threatened, “I'll take you out.”  —  It started when Dicker asked Paladino …
New York Times:
Many Big Donors to Democrats Cut Support  —  Many wealthy Democratic patrons, who in the past have played major roles financing outside groups to help elect the party's candidates, are largely sitting out these crucial midterm elections.  —  Democratic donors like George Soros …
Barton Gellman / Time:
Locked and Loaded: The Secret World of Extreme Militias  —  Camouflaged and silent, the assault team inched toward a walled stone compound for more than five hours, belly-crawling the last 200 yards.  The target was an old state prison in eastern Ohio, and every handpicked member of Red Team 2 knew …
Quinnipiac University:
Angry Voters Push Rubio To Top In Florida Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Republican Most Shares Their Values  —  Republican Marco Rubio holds a solid 46 - 33 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent in the race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat …
New York Times:
In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue  —  Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran's race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Times Wages Class War  —  The New York Times story about the plight of families in the top 2% of the income distribution who don't “feel” rich seems to be based entirely on a misunderstanding about how the tax code works: … The article delves into the question of just who counts as rich.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
In Tax Cut Plan, Debate Over the Definition of Rich
Dave Kehr / New York Times:
Tony Curtis, Hollywood Leading Man, Dies at 85  —  Tony Curtis, a classically handsome movie star who earned an Oscar nomination as an escaped convict in Stanley Kramer's 1958 movie “The Defiant Ones,” but whose public preferred him in comic roles in films like “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and …
Eliot A. Cohen / Washington Post:
'Obama's Wars': The gang that couldn't shoot straight — or shut up  —  Senior Washington officials, in this administration or its predecessors, talk to Bob Woodward for all kinds of reasons — to fluff up their vanity, to avenge slights, to neutralize rivals, to gratify egos or, most laughably, to shape the historical record.
Wall Street Journal:
Grading the Governors  —  A new Cato Institute report on the fiscal best and worst.  —  It's been a rough couple of years to be a Governor, but some have adjusted to austere times better than others.  The Cato Institute today releases its 10th biennial survey of the best and worst Governors …
The Politico:
Congress cools on Colbert  —  Members of Congress have been fooled time after time after time by Stephen Colbert, and after last week's mockery, they have a message for the satirist who makes a living lampooning them: Colbert, you're dead to us.  —  Colbert's act had steadily been losing cachet …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Hugo Lindgren Named New York Times Magazine Editor  —  In a stunning move, The New York Times is expected to announce that Hugo Lindgren will be the next editor of The New York Times Magazine, according to three people familiar with the deal.  —  Mr. Lindgren spent the last seven months …
Aaron Marshall / Metro:
Republicans have requested more absentee ballots than Democrats in Ohio's three largest counties  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats in Ohio's three largest counties have asked for absentee ballots this year — an ominous sign for the party hoping to repel GOP forces on Election Day.
Discussion: HillBuzz
Fhardingj / CNN:
Palin to team up with Steele at RNC rallies  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin will join forces with Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee next month to hold a pair of fundraising rallies, according to multiple Republican sources.  —  The former Alaska governor …
Anill / Think Progress:
Rupert Murdoch Defends Fox News' Immigration Coverage While Calling For Path To Legalization  —  Today, Fox News Channel owner Rupert Murdoch testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Membership on the “Role of Immigration in Strengthening America's Economy.”
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
Anderson Cooper launching daytime talk show  —  UPDATED: Exclu: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is launching a syndicated daytime talk show.  —  The “Anderson Cooper 360” host has made a deal with Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a program …
Hotline On Call:
Democrats Aren't Staging A Comeback  —  Democratic strategists have recently started experiencing a new feeling of optimism.  There are indications, they say, that the party is showing the smallest signs of a turnaround, and that rumors of their electoral demise have been premature.
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Kerry: ‘Simplistic’ politics led to climate bill's demise
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brady leads but Quinn closing
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
House Republicans Plot Budget Strategy to Scuttle Obama's Health Overhaul
Discussion: Wonk Room
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann throws George Bush under the bus
Discussion: Cubachi
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Waiting for Somebody  —  Let's talk for a minute about education.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Loyalty to Obama Costs Democrats
Discussion: Guardian and The Page
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Waxman says net neutrality bill dead, FCC should assert regulatory authority
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
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Discussion: Flopping Aces