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11:40 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.
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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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
White House: Opposing Obama's Olympics Lobbying Is Unpatriotic or Something  —  Earlier this week, House Republican Leader John Boehner criticized Obama's Olympics lobbying jaunt to Copenhagen.  “Listen I think it's a great idea to promote Chicago but he's the president of the United States, not the mayor of Chicago,” Boehner said.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
CMR:
Chicago Out Of Contention For 2016 Olympics Senator Rowland Burris Blames Bush  —  Senator Rowland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush for Chicago not getting the Olympics in 2016.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
BREITBART.COM:
Shock and disbelief as Chicago loses bid for 2016 Games
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.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Steve Schmidt: Palin Would Be “Catastrophic” Choice for 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.
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. ...
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Former GOP Majority Leader Bill Frist on Senate health legislation: I'd vote for it.
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama agrees to keep Israel's nukes secret
Discussion: Salon, RealClearWorld and Power Line
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Wonders if Iran Is Playing for Time or Is Serious on Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama got what he said he wanted when United States negotiators met with their Iranian counterparts this week in Geneva: direct engagement, without preconditions, with Iran.
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
State Dept.: Iran inspection deadline not ‘hard-and-fast’
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Hot Air and POWIP
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's French Lesson
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
Karl Frisch / Media Matters for America:
EXCLUSIVE: Media Matters confirms student at center of Fox fueled Jennings controversy was of legal age  —  For several days now conservatives in the media have been on a witch-hunt for Kevin Jennings, the U.S. Department of Education's director of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
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 …
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
Ezra Klein:
The Status Quo Wins in Health-Care Reform  —  The Senate Finance Committee finished its markup last night.  Pretty much, anyway.  It adopted a couple of important amendments, including one from Olympia Snowe cutting the penalties for the individual mandate to less than $800 per person.
 
 
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