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5:45 PM ET, September 30, 2010


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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”  —  Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says a report in the Wall Street Journal that McDonald's may drop its limited benefits health insurance plans for 30,000 workers is “flat out wrong.”  The Journal reported this morning:
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Ronald McDonald v. Health Care Reform
Discussion: Ezra Klein and National Review
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama 52%, Clinton 37% for 2012 Democratic Nomination  —  Clinton's support highest among conservative, less well-educated Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to challenge President Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012 …
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.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Meg Whitman Didn't Think It Was ‘Right Thing’ to Turn in Her Illegal Housekeeper  —  Meg Whitman Accuses Jerry Brown of Orchestrating ‘Smear’  —  Meg Whitman said today that she did not report her long-time housekeeper to immigration officials after finding out she was in the country illegally because …
Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
Whitman says she would take polygraph test to prove she didn't know maid was illegal [Updated]  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, under fire for employing an undocumented housekeeper, repeated her assertion Thursday that she fired the woman as soon as she learned …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Marty Beckerman / Esquire:
Exclusive: Ben Wetmore Explains CNN Boat Sex Prank  —  On Wednesday CNN reported that right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe — the fake pimp whose YouTube video cost ACORN its federal funding, and who pled guilty to entering Senator Mary Landrieu's office under false pretenses — planned to …
John Hood / National Review:
Keep Miles (Away) O'Keefe
Christine O'Donnell /
Results found for this person at  —  Employment History  —  Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI)  —  Board Memberships and Affiliations  —  Abraham Lincoln Fellowship , Constitutional Government  —  Certificate , Post Modernism in the New Millennium  —  Bachelors , English and Communications
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Luce on the Pledge  —  The FT's Ed Luce has a smart take on the Pledge to America: … Indeed, as our CAP chart indicates the Pledge plan would make deficits appreciably higher than the Obama budget.  —  The only question at this point is why this comes as a surprise to anyone.
Discussion: Guardian and Ezra Klein
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Flaws in GOP's pledge to balance budget
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
The Note:
Leadership Challenge?  GOP Rep.: ‘Premature’ to Commit to Supporting Boehner  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  As Democrats ramp up their attacks on House Minority Leader John Boehner - who's presumed to be in line to become House speaker if Republicans take over the majority …
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge who struck down Prop. 8 to retire  —  (09-30) 11:19 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage last month, will retire in February, his court said Wednesday.  —  The unexpected announcement gave no reason …
Discussion: Emptywheel, ACS Blog, L.A. NOW and Law Blog
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Sen. Saxby Chambliss Just Called Me To Offer His “Sincerest Apologies”  —  I just got off the phone with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who said he was calling to personally apologize for the “All faggots must die” comment left here on JMG last Tuesday.  I'll paraphrase what Chambliss said to me …
New poll indicates Sestak within reach of Toomey  —  (CNN) - Pennsylvania may be in for a nail-biter in November, according to the results of a new poll released Thursday.  —  Republican nominee Pat Toomey is leading Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat's nominee, 45 percent to 42 percent among likely voters …
Discussion: Hot Air
Sources: top Democrats want an aggressive Obama on the trail  —  (CNN) - Democratic congressional leaders used a White House strategy session Thursday to push President Barack Obama to be more aggressive in helping them campaign in the final weeks before November's elections …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
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Discussion: The Politico
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sen. John Thune: Sarah Palin changes 2012 equation
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Buys Time In Connecticut
Discussion: Moe Lane
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Congress Sets Stage For Major Spending Showdown In December
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Whitman, Brown Deadlocked—Boxer Holds Narrow Lead
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NC down on mosque ad
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Plum Line
 Earlier Items:
Alan Grayson: Hates Children, Hates Seniors, Loves Satan
Discussion: National Review and Gateway Pundit
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Facebook and Freedom  —  Malcolm Gladwell has a smart piece …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Hugo Lindgren Named New York Times Magazine Editor
The Politico:
Congress cools on Colbert