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6:15 AM ET, October 11, 2009

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Michael Moore:
Get Off Obama's Back ...second thoughts from Michael Moore  —  Last night my wife asked me if I thought I was a little too hard on Obama in my letter yesterday congratulating him on his Nobel Prize.  “No, I don't think so,” I replied.  I thought it was important to remind him he's now conducting the two wars he's inherited.
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Wall Street Journal:
A Wicked and Ignorant Award  —  How Barack Obama could help redeem the Norwegian Nobel Committee's grievous mistake.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It is absurd and it is embarrassing.  It would even be infuriating if it were not such a declaration of emptiness.
Bob Kerrey / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Nobel and His Obligation to Afghanistan  —  When it comes to moral reputation, almost nothing matters more than keeping your word.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In a wonderfully stunning decision, the Nobel Committee in Oslo awarded our president its Peace Prize.
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Nobel tops ‘SNL’ for Obama joke
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Christopher Buckley / Blogs and Stories:
A Prize Too Far  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast's …
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
PRESS BRIEFING
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Again to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Saturday renewed his vow to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, but failed to offer a timetable for doing so — an omission likely to inflame critics who say he is not fighting aggressively enough for gay rights.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The HRC Dinner  —  8.56 pm.  More campaign boilerplate.  This speech could have been made - and was made - a year ago.  —  8.53 pm.  His major achievement - the one thing he has actually done - is invite gay families to the Easter egg-roll.  —  8.51 pm.  Again, more of a campaign speech.
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Where's the beef?  —  Joe's reaction to Obama's gay speech is up on the gay blog.  —  As for my take... Barack Obama just promised us that if he becomes president, he's going to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and get ENDA passed.  It was a bit surreal.
Associated Press:
Obama: I'll let gays serve openly in military  —  He's been criticized by some advocates for not move faster on their issues  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, but acknowledged in a speech Saturday to a cheering crowd …
Discussion: GayPatriot, Jezebel and Osborne Ink
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Frank says D.C. gay rights march misses mark
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
In Polanski Case, '70s Culture Collides With Today  —  LOS ANGELES — At the end of “Manhattan,” the celebrated movie romance from 1979, a teenager played by Mariel Hemingway delivers some good news to the 42-year-old television writer, portrayed by Woody Allen, with whom she has had a long-running sexual affair.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans  —  CANTON, Ohio — After taking a class that covered global warming last year, Jill Saylor decided to save energy by drying her laundry on a clothesline at her mobile home.  —  “I figured trailer parks were the one place left where hanging …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Top Judge Calls Calif. Government ‘Dysfunctional’  —  LOS ANGELES — In a rare public rebuke of state government and policies delivered by a sitting judge, the chief justice of the California Supreme Court scathingly criticized the state's reliance on the referendum process, arguing that it has …
Discussion: Truthdig
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Small Banks Fail at Growing Rate, Straining F.D.I.C.  —  A year after Washington rescued the banks considered too big to fail, the ones deemed too small to save are approaching a grim milestone: the 100th bank failure of 2009.  —  In what has become a ritual, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation …
Richard N. Haass / Washington Post:
In the Afghan War, Aim for the Middle  —  Why does Afghanistan matter?  —  We generally hear four arguments.  First, if the Taliban returns to power, Afghanistan will again be a haven for terrorist groups.  Second, if the Taliban takes over, Afghanistan will again become a human rights nightmare.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pakistan Retakes Army Headquarters; Hostages Freed  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani commandos rescued 42 hostages early Sunday who were held by militants inside the nation's military headquarters, after gunmen dressed in army fatigues stormed the building in a brazen attack 18 hours earlier, according to the chief army spokesman.
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Donald Douglas / American Power:
Taliban Escalate Siege of Pakistan: Militants Hit Army HQ …
 
 
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