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12:55 PM ET, October 2, 2009

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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.
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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.
NBCSports.com:
Shocker!  Chicago eliminated in 2016 voting  —  Lobbying by Obamas goes for naught; Rio, Madrid remain alive for Games  —  COPENHAGEN - Chicago was eliminated in the first ballot of voting for the 2016 Olympics on Friday, a stunning defeat for the city that was expected to be one of the two finalists.
CNN:
Chicago out despite Obama's Olympics pitch  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) — The International Olympic Committee on Friday eliminated Chicago and Tokyo as contenders to host the 2016 Games.  —  Still under consideration to host the two-week sporting spectacle are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Madrid, Spain.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
CNN:
Chicago-Rio Olympic battle ‘close as hell’  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) — As First Lady Michelle Obama and talk show host Oprah Winfrey wrapped up a day of furious behind-the-scenes lobbying of International Olympic Committee members here, two sources close to the process tell CNN …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A defeat in Denmark  —  There's a reason the president …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Steve Schmidt: Palin Would Be “Catastrophic” For GOPers in 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.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Letterman reveals extortion attempt  —  ‘Late Show’ host also admits sex with staffers  —  In an uncharacteristically personal revelation for David Letterman, the host took to his “Late Show” stage Thursday to admit that he was the victim of an extortion attempt — and acknowledge …
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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.
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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Washington Post:
White House Considers Narrower War Effort in Afghanistan  —  Top Officials Challenge General's Assessment  —  Senior White House officials have begun to make the case for a policy shift in Afghanistan that would send few, if any, new combat troops to the country and instead focus …
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CBS News:
Obama, McChrystal Chat on Air Force One
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Meets With McChrystal
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
Discussion: PoliBlog, race42008.com and Hot Air
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
The Vapor Bill - Congress' Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare - Update  —  President Barack Obama's push for a sweeping health care overhaul edged closer to a major victory in the Senate Finance Committee.  Early next week, the Senate Finance Committee will vote on final passage on the “Vapor Bill” being debated and marked up in Committee.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and RedState
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch  —  Helen Thomas is 89 years old and requires some assistance to get to and from the daily White House briefing.  Yet her backbone has proved stronger than that of the president she covers.  —  On Thursday afternoon, Thomas gave a clinic in fortitude to President Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, during the briefing.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Kerry blocks DeMint trip to Honduras  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has blocked Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) trip to Honduras slated to begin Friday, according to DeMint's office.  —  DeMint's office informed The Hill of Kerry's decision Thursday afternoon.
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Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Kerry-DeMint Clash Over Honduras Trip Highlights Policy Feud
Firstread / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: POWER OF PRESIDENCY  —  From Chuck Todd, Domenico Montanaro, Ali Weinberg and Kelly Paice  —  *** Power Of The Presidency: Two moments that have already taken place, only serve to underscore the power of the office.  While most of America slept, the president was in Copenhagen making …
 
 
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Publishers Like Time Inc.'s “Hulu for Magazines” …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Doomed To Repeat It  —  Ok, my head just exploded.  I apologize for the mess.
Nathaniel Vinton / NY Daily News:
Staff at Arizona cryogenics lab Alcor used Ted Williams' frozen head …
David Letterman / New York Post:
Union teaches Michael Moore a lesson
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Politics as religion in America
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