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12:40 PM ET, October 3, 2009


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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Olympic Spirit  —  I didn't think it was a good idea for Obama to go to Copenhagen given the intense policy questions he as to address right now.  It seemed a trivial matter to me compared to two wars, healthcare, the Iran question and the fiscal and economic crisis.
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.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
The Olympics, Obama, and the Permanent Campaign  —  Chicago has lost its Olympics bid, despite Obama's insertion into the process.  People are shocked because they figured that Obama would fly in if and only if the deal was done.  —  But why?  That assumes a typical allocation of the presidential prestige.
Tim Reid / Times of London:
Obama's Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's vitriolic attacks on the Jewish world hide an astonishing secret, evidence uncovered by The Daily Telegraph shows.  —  A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.
Discussion: Raw Story, Hot Air, Power Line and marbury
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The Coming Failure On Iran  —  The Obama administration's positive tone following its first diplomatic encounter with Iran covers a deep and growing gloom in Washington and European capitals.  Seven hours of palaver in Geneva haven't altered an emerging conclusion: None of the steps the West …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Congress readies Iran sanctions if diplomacy fails
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Tony Romm / The Hill:
State Dept.: Iran inspection deadline not ‘hard-and-fast’
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Wonders if Iran Is Playing for Time or Is Serious on Deal
Discussion: The Confluence
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A DECISION THAT LOOKS EVEN WORSE IN RETROSPECT.... In February, when the debate over the economic stimulus package was at its height, a handful of “centrist” Senate Republicans said they'd block a vote on recovery efforts unless the majority agreed to slash over $100 billion from the bill.
Jane M. Von Bergen /
Jobless total tops 15 million  —  As the nation's payrolls declined by 263,000 jobs in September, the number of unemployed people topped 15 million, the Labor Department reported yesterday.  —  The unemployment rate, now at 9.8 percent, has doubled since the start of the recession, in December 2007.
Bruce Ackerman / Washington Post:
Generals Shouldn't Disagree Publicly With the Commander in Chief  —  The president, the Constitution tells us, is the commander in chief.  But is it true?  —  In a speech in London on Thursday, Gen. Stanley McChrystal publicly intervened in the debate over Afghanistan.
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Polling Firm's Reprimand Rattles News Media  —  ATLANTA — For Strategic Vision L.L.C., as for many polling companies, it was a regular practice: for five years the company sent out the results of its surveys on leading political races around the country, and they made their way into blog posts …
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Conscience of a Capitalist  —  The Whole Foods founder talks about his Journal health-care op-ed that spawned a boycott, how he deals with unions, and why he thinks CEOs are overpaid.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “I honestly don't know why the article became such a lightning rod,” …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Gingrich hits Obama over Olympics  —  (CNN) — Former House Speak Newt Gingrich is taking aim on Twitter at President Obama over Chicago's loss in its bid to host the 2016 Olympics:  —  @newtgingrich Somehow charm and oratory dont seem to work in foreign affirs but historians have warned …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
The High Price of Being a Gay Couple  —  Much of the debate over legalizing gay marriage has focused on God and Scripture, the Constitution and equal protection.  —  But we see the world through the prism of money.  And for years, we've heard from gay couples about all the extra health, legal and other costs they bear.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Althouse
Honduras thaw paves way for talks  —  A thaw in the Honduras political crisis has paved the way for talks between representatives of the ousted president and the man behind his downfall.  —  Aides to Manuel Zelaya and de-facto President Roberto Micheletti will reportedly meet next week.
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
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