Stories You Should Know (10/23/09)

New York Times (New York, NY)

More than any mayor before him, Michael R. Bloomberg has made the environment a central theme in his vision of urban life — a surprising turn for a man who is a billionaire known mainly for his business savvy when he came into office.

Politico (Washington, DC)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi counted votes Thursday night and determined she could not pass a “robust public option” — the most aggressive of the three forms of a public option House Democrats have been considering as part of a national overhaul of health care.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)

Sarah Palin, who a few people may recall was the vice presidential candidate on last year’s Republican Party ticket that crashed and burned, has broken with her party in the race for a House seat from New York and endorsed the candidate of the state’s Conservative Party.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)

Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state on a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign that failed to fully embrace President Obama until days before the election.

NY Daily News (New York, NY)

Ex-Gov. George Pataki is very close to making a decision on whether he will challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand next year, with an announcement possible before the Nov. 3 election, the DN’s Michael Saul reports.

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