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4:30 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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
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
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
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: ABCNEWS
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Boehner backs Issa on subpoena promises
Christine O'Donnell /
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John Hood / National Review:
Keep Miles (Away) O'Keefe  —  By now, many Corner readers will have heard about the latest juvenile stunt by James O'Keefe.  For those of you who haven't, here is the CNN story about his attempt to “punk” a female CNN reporter.  —  When O'Keefe last made the national news …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Ted Mann / The Day newspaper:
McMahon: Congress should consider lowering minimum wage  —  East Hartford — Republican Linda McMahon accepted the endorsement of a prominent business interest lobby on Thursday, but her campaign staff abruptly shut down a press conference in which McMahon was asked to explain whether she agreed with all of the organization's positions.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge who struck down Prop. 8 to retire
Discussion: ACS Blog, L.A. NOW and Law Blog
John Harwood / CNBC:
53% in US Say Free Trade Hurts Nation: NBC/WSJ Poll
Discussion: Think Progress and Hit & Run
Whitman, Brown Deadlocked—Boxer Holds Narrow Lead
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Fmr. Pres. Carter leaves hospital
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NC down on mosque ad
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Plum Line
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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 Earlier Items:
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Discussion: National Review and Gateway Pundit
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
What Was FBI-Raided Radical Abudayyeh Doing at Obama White House …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Anill / Think Progress:
Rupert Murdoch Defends Fox News' Immigration Coverage While Calling …
Aaron Marshall / Metro:
Republicans have requested more absentee ballots than Democrats …
Discussion: HillBuzz
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Facebook and Freedom  —  Malcolm Gladwell has a smart piece …
Hotline On Call:
Democrats Aren't Staging A Comeback
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary