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1:50 AM ET, October 7, 2009


 Top Items: 
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Dem: House GOP is “80 percent male, 100 percent white”  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee is urging Gen. Stanley McChrystal to put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “in her place” for weighing in on Afghanistan — prompting one female Pelosi ally to blast the House GOP as …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Congressional GOP Fundraising Committee On Pelosi: It's Time To ‘Put Her In Her Place’  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has a press release today, hitting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for having the temerity to express doubts that Democratic members of Congress …
General Pelosi Knows Better, Slams McChrystal  —  Pelosi Backpedals on Afghanistan After Making It a Campaign Centerpiece  —  Washington- General Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected a call to scale down troops last week and reasserted the need for a strategy …
Discussion: The Plum Line, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
The Cup of Coffee: White House's David Axelrod Meets With Fox News' Roger Ailes  —  On a recent visit to New York, White House adviser David Axelrod met over coffee with Roger Ailes, the president of the Fox News network, which President Obama has described as a “television station …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod meets with Ailes  —  At a time of tension between their organizations, White House senior adviser David Axelrod met with Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes two weeks ago, sources tell POLITICO.  —  The two met privately in Manhattan during the president's visit to the United Nations.
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker and Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Obama Rules Out Large Reduction in Afghan Force  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama told Congressional leaders on Tuesday that he would not substantially reduce American forces in Afghanistan or shift the mission to just hunting terrorists there, but he indicated that he remained undecided …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Webb calls McChrystal's public statements ‘odd’
The Hill:
GOP is ready to support Obama on Afghan troops
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
GOP urges quick decision on Afghanistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Lawmakers reveal little after Obama meeting on Afghanistan
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
Tom DeLay to Quit Dancing with the Stars  —  It's the end of the road for Tom DeLay.  —  Sources tell PEOPLE that the former Republican House Majority Leader will withdraw from Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday's live results show due to stress fractures in both of his feet.
Marc Malkin / E! Online:
DeLay to Dancing: I Know How to Quit You
Discussion: The Politico and TPM LiveWire
Anne / BackyardConservative:
Bill Ayers No Dream  —  There I was, sitting in Reagan National Monday morning, sipping a Starbucks by the United counter before going through security.  I had a little time, so I was browsing through the news.  Some military guys had borrowed a chair from my table.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
The criticism that Ralph Lauren doesn't want you to see!  —  Last month, Xeni blogged about the photoshop disaster that is this Ralph Lauren advertisement, in which a model's proportions appear to have been altered to give her an impossibly skinny body ("Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis").
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
How Health Care Reform Won  —  The biggest story in health care reform this year has not been the town hall meetings, or President Obama's big speech on health care.  It's that the Senate Democrats have decided they're going to pass a bill.  You just haven't heard much about this story …
Felix Dennis / THE WEEK News & Opinion:
Is the Bible too liberal?  —  Conservapedia's attempt to weed out “liberal bias” from modern Bible translations  —  BEST OPINION: TIME, NEWSBUSTERS, BELIEFNET, SOUTHERN APPEAL ...  “And you thought liberal bias was limited to the evil mainstream media,” said Amy Sullivan in Time.
New York Times:
Feingold's Statement on ‘Czars’  —  Following are the prepared remarks by Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, on the use of “czars” in the executive branch, as released by the senator's office on Tuesday.  —  “I think it is fair to acknowledge that there has been a lot of discussion …
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
In defense of Glenn Beck  —  The left detests him, and some conservatives say he's undermining the cause.  The truth is, he must be doing something right.  —  For a self-described rodeo clown who frequently admits he isn't that bright, Glenn Beck must be doing something right.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama kills funding for Iranian human-rights watch agency  —  The Iran Human Rights Watch Documentation Center can be excused for thinking that this year might make them more indispensable than ever.  After all, the Iranian mullahcracy rigged a presidential election and brutally suppressed widespread protests …
Bob Gough /
Durbin's office blacklists STARadio stations  —  A spokesman for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says the senator's office will no longer send media information to Quincy's oldest radio station because the station decided to let the public know he was coming to town.
The Huffington Post:
Fox News's Shepard Smith Goes After Sen. John Barrasso On Public Option  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Earlier this afternoon, Fox News's Shepard Smith demonstrated some of that trademarked independent thinking that so often gets him in dutch with the cable network's most dedicated viewers …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Two Fish, One Barrel: Deconstructing Andrew Sullivan's ‘The Breitbart Standard,’ Demolishing Conor Friedersdorf's 'The Right's Lesser Media'  —  To which I respond to my unofficial biographer Conor Friedersdorf's Daily Beast criticism of your's truly and bigger fish Andrew Sullivan's two-thumbs-up to it:
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Michael Moore's Problems Are Our Fault  —  Michael Moore arrives at an LA premiere of his latest film, ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ in September 2009 (Kevin Winters/Getty Images for Overture) … The reaction to Michael Moore's new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, reinforces a suspicion …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Senate moderates echo GOP call for 72-hour disclosure  —  As the health care reform bill moves to the Senate floor, a key bloc of moderate Senate Democrats and an independent called on Senate Majority Leader Reid to increase the process' transparency.  —  Specifically, the senators called …
Discussion: Donklephant and
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
ACORN: Congress can't hurt us  —  Any successful efforts by Congress to cut off federal funding to scandal-plagued ACORN would have little effect on the community organizing group's overall operations, its chief executive officer said on Tuesday.  —  “We didn't have government funding for years,” said ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis.
Discussion: Big Government and CBS News
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
ACORN's Lewis suggests opponents are racist
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. to Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill  —  Measure Is Expected to Pass Congress, but Its Viability May Depend on Tilt of Future Chambers  —  Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill said it appears unlikely that Congress will block a bill to be introduced Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages in the District.
Discussion: #gay and AMERICAblog Gay
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Gay Marriage Bill Introduced in D.C.
Discussion: The Bilerico Project and Truthdig
Associated Press:
French gay soccer team snubbed by Muslim team  —  PARIS (AP) - A French gay soccer team says its members were victims of homophobia when a team of Muslim players refused to play a match against them.  —  The Paris Foot Gay team says Tuesday it received an e-mail from the Creteil Bebel club canceling a match scheduled for last Sunday.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Let's Remember That Letterman's a Clown, Not a Cleric or Congressman  —  One of many sad things about recent stanzas in the ballad of David Letterman is that now, in all media, Dave will be lumped in with other sexually misbehaving celebrities, even though he stands head and heart above most of them.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Cantor: Obama Still Deliberating Whether We Need to Defeat Taliban  —  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) just wrapped up a conference call with reporters following a meeting he attended with other members of Congress, the president and his advisers at the White House this afternoon.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
MSNBC's Ratigan battles McCaughey  —  Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy  —  Anthony Weiner and Betsy McCaughey brought their act to MSNBC this morning, where Weiner — unlike last night — was a relatively mellow presence while host Dylan Ratigan tangled bitterly with McCaughey.
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
In a Guinea Seized by Violence, Women Are Prey
Discussion: Feministing
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Grayson: Republicans Don't Want You To ‘Die Quickly’ — They Don't Care
Discussion: Open Left
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
What Happened to Argentina?
Discussion: EconLog
New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The New Republic
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Obama Snap-Back  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This column …
Campbell Brown / CNN:
President Obama's Inner Circle; First Swine Flu Vaccine Released
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll: Corzine Takes One-Point Lead, After Months Of Trailing
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Latimer blasts Lowry: National Review is MSM
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Wonkette