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11:00 AM ET, October 23, 2009

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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Behind the War Between White House and Fox  —  WASHINGTON — Late last month, the senior White House adviser David Axelrod and Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News, met in an empty Palm steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tê te.
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Washington Post:
Deeds should've listened to us, senior Obama officials say  —  Top Democrats seek to shield Obama in case of election loss  —  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 …
The Politico:
W.H. attacks worry moderate Dems  —  A White House effort to undermine conservative critics is generating a backlash on Capitol Hill — and not just from Republicans.  —  “It's a mistake,” said Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from western Pennsylvania.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: White House tries to bar Fox News from interviewing pay czar  —  Decide for yourself what the most disgraceful aspect of this is.  Was it the fact that Gibbs told Jake Tapper explicitly on Monday that the White House wouldn't try to dictate to the press pool …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on the White House vs. Fox News  —  The ‘post-partisan’ president makes an enemies list  —  Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a live pollster.  Now he's put a horse's head in Roger Ailes's bed.  —  Not very subtle.  And not very smart.  Ailes doesn't scare easily.
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
White House Tactics Go Too Far  —  WASHINGTON — Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a live pollster.  Now he's put a horse's head in Roger Ailes' bed.  —  Not very subtle.  And not very smart.  Ailes doesn't scare easily.  —  The White House has declared war on Fox News.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   Bullies' Overreach  —  In its mindless war against Fox …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Democratic Party Boss Convicted; Christie Accuses Corzine …
Discussion: Big Government and RedState
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi lacks votes for most sweeping public option  —  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.
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New York Times:
Senate Leader Takes Risk Pushing Public Insurance Plan  —  WASHINGTON — In pushing to include a government-run health insurance plan in the health care bill, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, is taking a calculated gamble that the 60 members of his caucus could support the plan if it included a way for states to opt out.
The Note:
Public Option: It's Back
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Public Option Playing Field, in Two Dimensions
Discussion: The Mahablog and Open Congress
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Palin Endorses Hoffman  —  Sarah Palin's decision to endorse the Conservative party candidate over the Republican nominee in a special House election in upstate New York is the latest example that the former Alaska governor's allegiance is to her conservative principles rather than the edicts of the party.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-23 race first test of tea party power  —  Tea party activists from across the nation are rallying around the House special election in upstate New York, viewing it as the first electoral test of the nascent conservative movement's political muscle.  —  Organizers up and down the East Coast report …
The Note:
Palin ‘Going Rogue’ in Upstate New York
Washington Post:
Top employees leave financial firms ahead of pay cuts  —  Grass is greener where bonuses are sky-high  —  NEW YORK — Even before the Obama administration formally tightened executive compensation at bailed-out companies, the prospect of pay cuts had led some top employees to depart.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Annie Leibovitz takes first family photo — Friends encourage Roger Ailes to seek GOP nom in 2012 — Geithner: ‘A big week’ — Endgame: Look for a trigger in final health bill  —  Annie Leibovitz takes first family photo — Friends encourage Roger Ailes to seek GOP nom in 2012 — Geithner …
Boston Herald:
Bay State liberals shun Barack Obama's visit  —  President Obama blows into the bluest state today facing a cold shoulder from once true-blue admirers, as gay rights activists, anti-war protesters and vexed environmentalists vow to picket a fund-raiser he's headlining for Gov. Deval Patrick - a marquee event that hasn't even sold out.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times:
Soupy Sales dies at 83; slapstick comic had hit TV show in 1960s  —  The comedian acquired a cult-like following among adults with a show ostensibly meant for children.  His signature routine, which he elevated to an art form, was pie-throwing.  —  Soupy Sales is embraced backstage …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
The Rachel Maddow Show: Indefensible  —  As Rachel reports, it looks like the vote taken by 30 Republicans to protect contractors rather than rape victims is not playing very well for them in their local papers.  —  Jamie Leigh Jones and her attorney joined Rachel to talk about what happened …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
NATO Defense Ministers Endorse Wider Afghan Effort  —  BRATISLAVA — NATO defense ministers gave their broad endorsement Friday to the counterinsurgency strategy for Afghanistan laid out by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, increasing pressure on the Obama administration and on their own governments …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
A Lone Cleric Is Loudly Defying Iran's Leaders  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A short midlevel cleric, with a neat white beard and a clergyman's calm bearing, Mehdi Karroubi has watched from his home in Tehran in recent months as his aides have been arrested, his offices raided, his newspaper shut down.
 
 
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
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Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
The Israeli Left Implodes
Discussion: RealClearWorld
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Two Democrats buck Rep. Towns, call for Countrywide probe
Discussion: The Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Arguments Against Gay Marriage Literally Stop Making Sense
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crime Measure
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