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Although they were originally scheduled to do so today, Senate Finance Committee members won't discuss public option amendments until Tuesday.

"We don't have time today to bring that up," Chairman Max Baucus said, according to the Washington Independent.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are pushing for a public option in the Finance bill. On a conference call last night, Schumer said today would be "the opening day in our big fight."

The committee is adjourning early today and won't meet Monday due to Yom Kippur.

Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) is up on the air with a new Spanish-language TV ad, with Sen. Robert Menendez making a pitch for Corzine to Latino voters.

Unstated in the ad is that Menendez was himself appointed to the Senate by Corzine. Instead, the ad has Menendez praising Corzine on the more broad-based issue of the economy: "In this economic crisis, New Jersey is one of the states that has suffered the least because of the stewardship of Jon Corzine. He has made difficult, but necessary measures, which is why he has been attacked unfairly."

The official English translation is available after the jump.

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Fox News reported this morning that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was working on her own draft of the health care bill -- which a Pelosi aide tells us is false.

Fox had a breaking news item: "We are learning this morning that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working on her own draft of the health care overhaul - including another push for government-run health insurance."

Again, we repeat: A Pelosi aide confirms to us that this is false.

So where do things actually stand? Well, the health care bills are making their way through multiple committees, and the Dem leaders and chairs of those committees have been working to iron out the differences. Perhaps the brilliant parliamentarians at Fox heard something about Pelosi's participation in that ongoing process, and concluded that she's working on her own bill.

A judge will rule before noon today in the Massachusetts Republican Party's lawsuit to stop the appointment of Sen.-designate Paul Kirk (D-MA) to Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly heard from both sides this morning. The GOP have argued that Gov. Deval Patrick did not have the constitutional authority to declare the law an emergency measure that would take effect immediately. The Dems have countered that Patrick did in fact have this ability -- and that Republican former Gov. Mitt Romney himself had used it in the past.

Kirk is set to be sworn in by Vice President Biden this afternoon. If Connolly were to suddenly nullify the appointment, that would certainly throw off Democratic efforts to get back to 60 seats -- and if he lets it go ahead, then there will be no time to appeal.

The local coroner has confirmed that the word "Fed" had been written on Bill Sparkman's chest when he was found dead earlier this month.

Jim Trosper, the Clay County coroner, confirmed the information to TPMmuckraker moments ago, adding that the word appeared to have been written in felt tip marker. He declined to give additional details.

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Obama Publicly Accuses Iran Of Building Secret Nuclear Facility President Obama and two other G-20 leaders, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, this morning accused Iran of building a secret facility to produce nuclear fuel. Obama said that "the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama held a news conference at 8:30 a.m. ET, in Pittsburgh. At 9:30 a.m. ET, he will attend the morning G-20 plenary session. He will attend the G-20 leaders lunch, at 12:45 p.m. ET, followed by the afternoon G-20 plenary session at 2 p.m. ET, and another news conference at 4:40 p.m. ET. He will depart from Pittsburgh at 6:10 p.m. ET, arriving back at the White House at 7:20 p.m. ET.

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Yesterday in Vienna, the United States, France, and England "presented detailed evidence" to the International Atomic Energy Agency demonstrating that Iran has a covert uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qum, President Obama announced at the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh this morning.

The decision to build this facility represents "a direct challenge to the basic compact at the center of the nonproliferation regime," Obama said, appearing with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Prime Minister Gordon Brown of England.

"We expect the IAEA to immediately investigate this disturbing information," he said.

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The FBI issued the following press release on September 24, 2009, regarding the arrest of an alleged would-be car bomber in Springfield, Il. Here's the full text:

SPRINGFIELD--Acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Lang of the Central District of Illinois and Karen E. Spangenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Springfield Division, today announced that Michael C. Finton, aka., "Talib Islam," has been arrested on charges of attempted murder of federal employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at the federal building in Springfield, Ill.

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The FBI issued the following press release on September 24, 2009, regarding the arrest of an alleged would-be car bomber in Dallas, Texas. Here's the full text:

DALLAS--James T. Jacks, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge for the Dallas Office of the FBI, announced today that Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Smadi, who was under continuous surveillance by the FBI, was arrested today near Fountain Place, a 60-story glass office tower located at 1445 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas, after he placed an inert/inactive car bomb at the location. Smadi, a Jordanian citizen in the U.S. illegally, lived and worked in Italy, Texas. He has repeatedly espoused his desire to commit violent jihad and has been the focus of an undercover FBI investigation.

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Swine flu, Jack Ruby and jet lag. Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi's meandering 90-minute address to the United Nations General Assembly covered an array of topics and tested the stamina of his translators. Sept. 23, 2009.

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Protesters demonstrate against Qaddafi outside the United Nations headquarters. In his address, Qaddafi recommended that President Obama be "president for life," and called him "our son," referring to the African Union.

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In a departure from his usual ostentatious displays of fashion, Qaddafi shows up to the UN in subdued black the day before his speech.

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Qaddafi -- who is afraid of elevators -- tried to pitch his tent on Donald Trump's 213-acre estate in Bedford, N.Y., which is being rented by tenants from the United Arab Emirates. The tenants were given a stop-work order, kicking Qaddafi out.

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Qaddafi originally wanted to set up his Bedouin-style tent in Central Park and then, on property owned by his government in Englewood, N.J. Public uproar, stoked by the "hero's welcome" in Libya of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Mohmed al Megrahi, stopped Qaddafi from setting up his tent in either location. He eventually bunked at the Libyan mission in New York City.

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Qaddafi at the opening of the first conference of the Forum of African Kings, Sultans, Princes, Sheikhs and Chiefs, on Sept. 10, 2009 in Tripoli.


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev, President Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Qaddafi and Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on the last working day of the G8 Summit in L'Aquila, Italy on July 10, 2009.

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In L'Aquila.

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Pres. Obama and Qaddafi before a dinner at the G8 summit.


Qaddafi was greeted by Premier Berlusconi upon his arrival in Rome for the G8. Qaddafi had better luck with accommodations in Italy, setting up his tent in Rome's Villa Pamphili, where he stayed during his three-day official visit.


At the closing ceremony at an African Union summit on July 1, 2008, in Egypt.

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Qaddafi lands in Burkina Faso and is greeted by President Blaise Compaore on Jan. 16, 2008.

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Qaddafi admires the Versailles Castle in France on Dec. 14, 2007.

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Qaddafi 's security guards outside the Hotel Marigny, a state residence in Paris where the leader pitched his tent for a five-day stay in December 2007.

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Qaddafi responds to cheers at the National Stadium in Sierra Leone, with President Tejan Kabbah in June 2007.

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The early years: Qaddafi, pictured in 1972 in London.