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10:20 PM ET, October 6, 2009


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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi says new tax is ‘on the table’  —  A new value-added tax (VAT) is “on the table” to help the U.S. address its fiscal liabilities, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday night.  —  Pelosi, appearing on PBS's “The Charlie Rose Show” asserted that “it's fair to look at” …
The Hill:
GOP is ready to support Obama on Afghan troops
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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
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 …
National Review:
Obama Cuts Off Funding for Iranian Human-Rights Documentation [Michael Rubin]
Discussion: Solomonia
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
The constitutionality of healthcare  —  There's nothing illegal about requiring Americans to buy medical insurance.  —  Are the healthcare bills pending in the House and Senate unconstitutional?  —  That's what some of the bills' critics have alleged.  Their argument focuses on the fact …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Sotomayor Takes Active Role on Court's First Day
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Webb calls McChrystal's public statements ‘odd’  —  It has been “odd” for Gen. Stanley McChrystal to speak out so publicly about his opinions on strategy for Afghanistan, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said Tuesday.  —  Webb, a veteran and former secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration …
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
White House's botched ‘op’  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama yesterday rolled out the red carpet — and handed out doctors' white coats as well, just so nobody missed his hard-sell health-care message.  —  In a heavy-handed attempt at reviving support for health-care reform …
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 …
Discussion: Ruby Slippers, D-Day and marbury
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.
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.
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Thoughts on Delaware  —  Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I am not particularly optimistic about Democratic prospects for next year.  But I think that as long as Beau Biden still runs now that Mike Castle is in the race, Democrats will hold onto the Senate seat in Delaware.
Discussion: Swing State Project, MyDD, Salon and D-Day
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:   Beau Biden's reaction
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
GOP urges quick decision on Afghanistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Obama Snap-Back  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is available exclusively through King Features Syndicate.  For permission to reprint or excerpt this copyrighted material, please contact:, or phone 800-708-7311, ext. 246.  —  A buzz-generating Saturday Night Live skit mocked …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: CNN helps Obama out by ... fact-checking SNL's skit  —  Via Greg Hengler.  Heaven forbid that the average half-drunk late-night Saturday TV viewer be “misinformed” about our savior by a comedy show reminding them that health care's “not done” (which it isn't) and that Afghanistan's gotten worse this year (which it has).
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Does Obama Get It?  —  The big question on the domestic front right now is whether President Obama understands the gravity of the employment crisis facing the country.  Does he get it?  The signals coming out of the White House have not been encouraging.  —  The Beltway crowd and the Einsteins …
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Senate moderates echo GOP call for 72-hour disclosure
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
What Happened to Argentina?
Discussion: EconLog
New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Al Qaeda
Campbell Brown / CNN:
President Obama's Inner Circle; First Swine Flu Vaccine Released
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Attorney General Says Alleged Bomb Plot in N.Y. Was ‘Very Serious’
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Out of the Chamber  —  It's hardly a stampede.
Discussion: D-Day, TPMMuckraker and Green Inc.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Today in Wild Overstatements
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Latimer blasts Lowry: National Review is MSM
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Wonkette
Wall Street Journal:
How Israel Was Disarmed  —  News analysis from the near-future.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Eunomia