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7:25 AM ET, October 3, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and marbury
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.
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 and Gateway Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
The noble “sacrifice” …
BREITBART.COM:
Shock and disbelief as Chicago loses bid for 2016 Games
Capn Jack / Sky News:
Rio de Janeiro has won the race to host the 2016 Olympics …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Don Surber
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
Tony Romm / The Hill:
State Dept.: Iran inspection deadline not ‘hard-and-fast’  —  A State Department spokesman on Friday signaled that the president's mandate that Iran has two weeks to permit inspections of its recently unveiled uranium refinement plant was not “written in stone.”
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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.
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.
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 …
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
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
UN rights body approves US-Egypt free speech text  —  GENEVA — The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a U.S.-backed resolution Friday deploring attacks on religions while insisting that freedom of expression remains a basic right.  —  The inaugural resolution sponsored by the U.S. since …
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.
 
 
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