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11:30 AM 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Shock and disbelief as Chicago loses bid for 2016 Games
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: 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Congress readies Iran sanctions if diplomacy fails  —  WASHINGTON — Congress is poised to act swiftly to impose tough new sanctions on Iran if international talks on Tehran's nuclear program show signs of faltering.  Already, some lawmakers are demanding that the United States strike immediately …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
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
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
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
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Dems target DeMint's Honduras trip  —  Six House members on Friday sent a letter to the president of the Honduran Congress warning that the Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and his travel delegation to Honduras do not represent the views of the White House or Congress, but are mere members of the “minority party.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
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Capn Jack / Sky News:
Rio de Janeiro has won the race to host the 2016 Olympics …
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