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9:45 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.
Michelle Malkin:
The noble “sacrifice” of Michelle Obama; Update: Chicago & Tokyo eliminated; Games over, prepare for recriminations  —  Scroll for updates...  My column commemorates the noble Olympic “sacrifice” of the First Lady in Denmark.  —  Mrs. O's emotional pitch was supposed to bring tears to the eyes …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Weekly Standard deletes reference to ‘Cheers’ in their office after Chicago lost Olympic bid.  —  Soon after news broke that the International Olympic Committee had rejected Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics, which President Obama had personally lobbied for, Weekly Standard blogger John …
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.
Joe Scarborough / The Huffington Post:
Thank You, Mr. President  —  Count me as one conservative who is disappointed that President Obama's hometown will not be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.  —  Chicago is a beautiful city that would have made a perfect backdrop for the Olympics.  The President was right to fly to Copenhagen …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bad day for USA.  Good day for GOP?  —  Remember when Republicans accused Democrats of rooting against America?  —  Judging from the volume of exultant Tweets and press releases from Republicans today — you'd think they'd won a doubleheader, what with Chicago losing the Olympics and the unemployment numbers rising unexpectedly.
Chicago Out Of Contention For 2016 Olympics Senator Rowland Burris Blames Bush
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Greg Hengler /
Chicago Loses Olympic Bid; CNN Freaks Out: “WHAT!?”
Discussion: Hot Air and
Washington Examiner:
Bob Skinner  —  I'm sure politics were involved, like gee …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and protein wisdom
Shock and disbelief as Chicago loses bid for 2016 Games
Discussion: Power Line
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A defeat in Denmark  —  There's a reason the president …
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.
The Huffington Post:
McCain Campaign Manager: Palin In 2012 Would Be Catastrophe for GOP  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  If Sarah Palin is her party's nominee for president in 2012 it will be a “catastrophic election” for the GOP, Sen. John McCain's 2008 campaign manager predicted on Friday.
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 …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and YID With LID
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's French Lesson
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Iran promise to send nuclear fuel abroad: A major concession?
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Bill Frist on Health Bill: I'd Vote For It  —  Or so the former Senate Republican Leader, a surgeon who has written a new book on health care, told me a few minutes ago in an interview.  —  Were he still in the Senate, “I would end up voting for it,” he said.  “As leader, I would take heat for it. ...
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Former GOP Majority Leader Bill Frist on Senate health legislation: I'd vote for it.
Discussion: MyDD
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.
Lynn Elber / Associated Press:
Letterman creates brilliant hour of TV from woes  —  It was business as usual for David Letterman and CBS'"Late Show."  The band played.  The host, dapper as always in a well-tailored suit, recited his monologue; some jokes hit, some missed.  —  Then Letterman proceeded to take viewers …
NY Daily News:
David Letterman reveals $2M extortion plot; CBS News producer busted …
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 …
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 …
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: Wonkette
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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: Cato @ Liberty
Wall Street Journal:
How Teachers Unions Lost the Media
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Brian Moylan / Gawker:
Letterman Haunted by the Ghosts of Monica Lewinsky Jokes Past
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Keeping America Safe From the Ranters
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David Letterman / New York Post:
Union teaches Michael Moore a lesson
Discussion: theblogprof
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch  —  Helen Thomas is 89 years old and requires …
Discussion: Hot Air, Shakesville and Corrente