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5:00 PM ET, October 2, 2009

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New York Times:
Chicago Loses Bid for 2016 Olympic Games  —  COPENHAGEN — The International Olympic Committee delivered a stunning blow to Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, knocking it out of the voting in the first round Friday, leaving Rio de Janeiro and Madrid waiting for the announcement which city will host the Games.
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Sam Lyon / BBC:
Live - 2016 Olympics decision day  —  (Not all contributions can be used; UK mobiles only; network rates apply)  —  1635: We have a winner, people.  No need for IOC president Jacque Rogge to use his vote and that means everyone - well, everyone except the Madrid and Rio delegates of course - can relax.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Mission Accomplished For Conservatives Who Rooted Against America  —  Although the United States sent a high-powered delegation to make a last-ditch effort to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruled out the Windy City today.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Chicago Loses Olympic Bid; CNN Freaks Out: “WHAT!?”  —  CNN's Tony Harris is so pumped-up as the Olympic Committee is about to announce their first cuts.  This reminds me of his despairing reaction to the Cambridge, MA cop who “acted stupidly” announcing that he and his department …
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
NBCSports.com:
Chicago shocked early, then Rio wins '16 Games  —  Lobbying by Obamas goes for naught as Windy City is first city eliminated  —  Oct. 2: Chicago is eliminated by the International Olympic Committee in early voting to host the 2016 games.  NBC News reports.  —  COPENHAGEN - The 2016 Games are going to Rio de Janeiro.
BREITBART.COM:
Shock and disbelief as Chicago loses bid for 2016 Games
Discussion: Power Line
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bad day for USA. Good day for GOP?
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Harry's Place
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A defeat in Denmark  —  There's a reason the president …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OLYMPICS FEVER.... It was barely noticed at the time …
Washington Examiner:
Bob Skinner  —  I'm sure politics were involved, like gee …
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Wizard of Beck  —  Let us take a trip back into history.  Not ancient history.  Recent history.  It is the winter of 2007.  The presidential primaries are approaching.  The talk jocks like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the rest are over the moon about Fred Thompson.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Steve Schmidt: Palin Would Be “Catastrophic” Choice for 2012  —  Steve Schmidt, John McCain's former chief campaign strategist, said today that if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were to be the Republican nominee, it would be “catastrophic” for the Republican Party.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
McCain's mission: A GOP makeover  —  Fresh from a humbling loss in last year's presidential election, Sen. John McCain is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image.  —  McCain is recruiting candidates, raising money for them and hitting the campaign trail on their behalf.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mission Not Accomplished  —  Stocks are up.  Ben Bernanke says that the recession is over.  And I sense a growing willingness among movers and shakers to declare “Mission Accomplished” when it comes to fighting the slump.  It's time, I keep hearing, to shift our focus from economic stimulus to the budget deficit.
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NY Daily News:
David Letterman reveals $2M extortion plot; CBS News producer busted in scheme to reveal sex secrets  —  A top CBS News producer was busted Thursday for trying to shake down David Letterman - threatening to expose the late-night funnyman's affairs with several female staffers in a movie and book.
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck's sobbing secrets revealed: A little Vicks Vaporub gets the tears flowing  —  [YouTube here, via MisterMovies.]  —  This was too funny to pass up.  We've known all along that Glenn Beck is a two-bit phony.  Now we see how Glenn Beck gets himself properly weepy for the cameras: A little Vicks Vaporub.
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Brown and Sarkozy rowed with Obama over Iranian nuclear announcement  —  Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy had a behind-the-scenes row with Barack Obama over last week's announcement about a secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran.  —  The President is believed to have angered the European leaders …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Jews Lead Other Religious Groups in Support of Obama  —  Dip in approval among Jews similar to that among general public  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking for the month of September found 64% of U.S. Jews approving of the job Barack Obama is doing as president …
Steven F. Hayward / Washington Post:
Is Conservatism Brain-Dead?  —  Over his decades as a columnist, lecturer, TV host and debater, William F. Buckley Jr. lost his cool in public only once — when he threatened to sock Gore Vidal “in your goddamn face” on the third night of their joint appearances on ABC during the ill-fated 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Ezra Klein:
Will 2010 Be Another 1994?  —  “Have you been in the South lately?” asks political prognosticator Charlie Cook.  “The level of anti-Obama, anti-Democratic and anti-Congress venom is extraordinary,” he says, “and with 59 Democrat-held seats in the region, 22 in or potentially in competitive districts …
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Todd Palin resigns from oil job  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The husband of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has quit his oil field job on the North Slope.  —  Todd Palin's resignation as a production operator for oil giant BP PLC comes almost two months after his wife stepped …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
 
 
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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Bill Frist on Health Bill: I'd Vote For It
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Shannon Brownlee / Washington Monthly:
America, Heal Thyself
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
CNN:
Senate Ethics Committee investigating Ensign
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama agrees to keep Israel's nukes secret
Discussion: Salon, RealClearWorld and Power Line
Ryan Jaroncyk / The Humble Libertarian:
Republican Congressman Calls for Immediate Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Wall Street Journal:
How Teachers Unions Lost the Media
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Moylan / Gawker:
Letterman Haunted by the Ghosts of Monica Lewinsky Jokes Past
The Huffington Post:
Labor Leader Warns Of “Price To Pay” For Dems Who Support Health Care Filibuster
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Keeping America Safe From the Ranters
Discussion: Hit & Run and Gawker
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Publishers Like Time Inc.'s “Hulu for Magazines” …
Nathaniel Vinton / NY Daily News:
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David Letterman / New York Post:
Union teaches Michael Moore a lesson