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3:20 PM ET, October 5, 2009

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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan  —  The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal's comments on strategy for the war.
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Clear Voice of Bush's Pentagon Becomes Harder to Hear  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the face of the Iraq troop surge and a favorite of former President George W. Bush, spoke up or was called upon by President Obama “several times” during the big Afghanistan strategy session …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Telegraph: Obama furious over McChrystal speech in London
CNN:
White House division surfaces over Afghanistan
Discussion: Truthdig
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today
Discussion: Alex Conant and Danger Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Petraeus For President! (12 Months Late)
Los Angeles Times:
Obama quietly tries to shore up Senate support for public option  —  The president has backed off from vocally supporting the idea of government-run healthcare, but he's working to build a coalition of supporters.  The challenge: Find a version that can pass.
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The Note:
Frist Backing Health Care Bill? Not So Fast...
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Timely Hit On Ensign
Discussion: The Fix, Politics Daily and Truthdig
Jonathan Cohn / Kaiser Health News:
To Be Effective, Exchanges Need Bargaining Power
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
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Ben Cohen / The Huffington Post:
Why Rupert Murdoch Will Fire Glenn Beck  —  Rupert Murdoch is a smart man.  In the U.K, Murdoch aligns his newspapers with the popular political party and helps them enact their policies by giving them favorable coverage.  For the past 12 years, he supported the Labour Party.
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Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Sandra Day O'Connor says rulings are being ‘dismantled’  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she regrets that some of her decisions “are being dismantled” by the current Supreme Court.  —  O'Connor, who generally has avoided questions on the substance …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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The Politico:
GOP leaders to Steele: Back off  —  GOP leaders, in a private meeting last month, delivered a blunt and at times heated message to RNC Chairman Michael Steele: quit meddling in policy.  —  The plea was made during what was supposed to be a routine discussion about polling matters …
Bobby Jindal / Washington Post:
Some Republican Ideas for Health Care Reform  —  A majority of so-called Republican strategists believe that health care is a Democratic issue.  They are wrong; health care is an American issue, and the Republican Party has an opportunity to demonstrate that conservative principles work when applied to real-world problems.
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Obama to Address Gay Rights Organization  —  President Obama will speak to a gathering of gay rights activists this weekend, a day before thousands of people are expected to march on Washington in a demonstration calling for greater legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgendered Americans.
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Government Watchdog Says Treasury and Fed Knew Bailed-Out Banks Were Not Healthy  —  Senior Officials Had Financial Concerns About Nine Bank Instiutions Receiving TARP Funds  —  The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve lied to the American public last fall when they said that the first nine banks …
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / Vanity Fair:
Wall Street's Near-Death Experience
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Publishes Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials  —  Changes Affect Testimonial Advertisements, Bloggers, Celebrity Endorsements  —  The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has approved final revisions to the guidance it gives to advertisers on how to keep …
Brian W. Walsh / Washington Times:
Criminalizing everyone  —  Needed: A ‘clean line’ to determine lawfulness  —  “You don't need to know.  You can't know.”  That's what Kathy Norris, a 60-year-old grandmother of eight, was told when she tried to ask court officials why, the day before, federal agents had subjected her home to a furious search.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Some thoughts on seeing “Capitalism: A Love Story.”  —  Here's the scene in the lobby at the Sundance Theater as we arrived for the 4:35 showing of Michael Moore's new movie:  —  “Dump ¢apitali$m/Join the Socialists.”  And, indeed, the movie was a big promotion of socialism.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
New Yorker Rewrites Economic History  —  People following the financial meltdown would be surprised to read in the New Yorker's profile of National Economic Council Chairman Larry Summers that: “the banks with combined commercial and investment operations fared the best.”  Yeah, Citigroup is doing just great.
Chuck Todd / msnbc.com:
ROVE FOR RUBIO  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Over the past few weeks, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has found himself being put on the defensive more and more in the primary thanks to the challenge by ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio.  While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Inequality as Usual  —  Not long ago, liberals were insisting that income inequality was America's most serious economic problem.  —  Now there are more immediate crises: A 9.8 percent unemployment rate, a yawning budget deficit.  But the inequality issue hasn't gone away.
Anne Bayefsky / Weekly Standard:
You Can't Say That  —  At the UN, the Obama administration backs limits on free speech.  —  The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression.  The newly-minted American policy was rolled …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
He's Back, Hat in Hand  —  Chastened by Reaction To His Rutgers Women's Basketball Team Comments, an ‘Older And Wiser’ Don Imus Returns to TV on the Fox Business Network  —  After holding forth for hours behind the mike on everything from Roman Polanski to Afghanistan …
 
 
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Michael Yon:
Two Firefights: One Video  —  In July, British soldiers …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Hot Air
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter: Ideologues like Sen. Jim DeMint are ‘nuts.’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Clunkers in Practice  —  One of Washington's all-time dumb ideas.
Rob Raffety / NY Daily News:
Clunker cash is going to cost the U.S. dearly
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