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3:15 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.
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.
Vicki Michaelis / USA Today:
Rio wins 2016 Olympic Games in landslide over Madrid  —  COPENHAGEN — Rio de Janeiro rode a wave of International Olympic Committee sentiment to award the Olympics to South America for the first time, winning the right to host the 2016 Summer Games on Friday in a victory over surprising finalist Madrid.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A defeat in Denmark  —  There's a reason the president is rarely dispatched to a summit whose outcome is uncertain.  —  And Chicago's elimination in the first round of voting has to raise questions about whether the White House was getting accurate information about how competitive this was from Chicago's Olympics organizers.
Discussion: Pajamas Media, and CNN
Chicago shocked early, then Rio wins '16 Games  —  Lobbying by Obamas goes for naught as Windy City is first city eliminated  —  Oct. 2: Chicago is eliminated by the International Olympic Committee in early voting to host the 2016 games.  NBC News reports.  —  COPENHAGEN - Finally, South America gets an Olympics.
Chicago-Rio Olympic battle ‘close as hell’  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) — As First Lady Michelle Obama and talk show host Oprah Winfrey wrapped up a day of furious behind-the-scenes lobbying of International Olympic Committee members here, two sources close to the process tell CNN …
Greg Hengler /
Chicago Loses Olympic Bid; CNN Freaks Out: “WHAT!?”
Discussion: Hot Air and
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bad day for USA. Good day for GOP?
Discussion: Harry's Place and Wonkette
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama, an Unsuccessful Campaign
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Examiner:
Bob Skinner  —  I'm sure politics were involved, like gee …
Ed Henry / CNN:
Michelle Obama Olympics pitch steals the show
Discussion: Don Surber
Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Olympics
Discussion: Mediaite and Pam's House Blend
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.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
McCain's mission: A GOP makeover  —  Fresh from a humbling loss in last year's presidential election, Sen. John McCain is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image.  —  McCain is recruiting candidates, raising money for them and hitting the campaign trail on their behalf.
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.
Holly Bailey / Newsweek Blogs:
McCain Strategist: Palin in 2012 Would be ‘Catastrophic’ for GOP
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:   McCain manager predicts Palin could prove ‘catastrophic’
NY Daily News:
David Letterman reveals $2M extortion plot; CBS News producer busted in scheme to reveal sex secrets  —  A top CBS News producer was busted Thursday for trying to shake down David Letterman - threatening to expose the late-night funnyman's affairs with several female staffers in a movie and book.
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Finance Committee Democrat Won't Read Text of Health Bill, Says Anyone Who Claims They'll Understand It ‘Is Trying to Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes’  —  ( - Sen. Thomas Carper (D.-Del.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, told that he does not “expect” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
The Vapor Bill - Congress' Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare - Update
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mission Not Accomplished  —  Stocks are up.  Ben Bernanke says that the recession is over.  And I sense a growing willingness among movers and shakers to declare “Mission Accomplished” when it comes to fighting the slump.  It's time, I keep hearing, to shift our focus from economic stimulus to the budget deficit.
Steven F. Hayward / Washington Post:
Is Conservatism Brain-Dead?  —  Over his decades as a columnist, lecturer, TV host and debater, William F. Buckley Jr. lost his cool in public only once — when he threatened to sock Gore Vidal “in your goddamn face” on the third night of their joint appearances on ABC during the ill-fated 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Brian Moylan / Gawker:
Letterman Haunted by the Ghosts of Monica Lewinsky Jokes Past  —  Since David Letterman went public about having sex with members on his staff, one of his myriad humiliations is having all those millions of “sex with interns” jokes he made about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky turned back at him.
Digby / Hullabaloo:   Doomed To Repeat It  —  Ok, my head just exploded.  I apologize for the mess.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch  —  Helen Thomas is 89 years old and requires some assistance to get to and from the daily White House briefing.  Yet her backbone has proved stronger than that of the president she covers.  —  On Thursday afternoon, Thomas gave a clinic in fortitude to President Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, during the briefing.
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September Unemployment: The Job Loss Accelerates
Discussion: Power Line and Moe_Lane's blog
The Huffington Post:
Labor Leader Warns Of “Price To Pay” For Dems Who Support Health Care Filibuster
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Keeping America Safe From the Ranters
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Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
Politics as religion in America
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Washington Post:
White House Considers Narrower War Effort in Afghanistan