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4:20 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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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.
NBCSports.com:
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.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Chicago Loses Olympic Bid; CNN Freaks Out: “WHAT!?”  —  CNN's Tony Harris is so pumped-up as the Olympic Committee is about to announce their first cuts.  This reminds me of his despairing reaction to the Cambridge, MA cop who “acted stupidly” announcing that he and his department …
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:   For Obama, an Unsuccessful Campaign
Washington Examiner:
Bob Skinner  —  I'm sure politics were involved, like gee …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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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.
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.
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 Politics Channel:
A Logical Quirk In David Brooks's Column
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.
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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.
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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.
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
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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’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Thomas Carper (D.-Del.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, told CNSNews.com that he does not “expect” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
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Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
The Vapor Bill - Congress' Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare - Update
Discussion: Prescriptions and RedState
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.
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.
CNN:
Senate Ethics Committee investigating Ensign  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating Sen. John Ensign, and allegations of improper conduct stemming from an affair with the wife of a former aide.  —  “Whenever allegations of improper conduct are brought to the attention …
Ryan Jaroncyk / The Humble Libertarian:
Republican Congressman Calls for Immediate Withdrawal from Afghanistan  —  U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R) intends to sponsor legislation calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.  —  Johnson stated that he is working closely with a bipartisan group …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
 
 
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