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8:40 PM ET, October 6, 2009

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi Rips McChrystal For Publicly Airing His Views On Afghanistan  —  This one should stir up Nancy Pelosi's critics on the right: Towards the end of an interview with Charlie Rose that ran late last night, Pelosi took a surprisingly hard shot at General Stanley McChrystal for publicly airing …
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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” …
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 …
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and ABCNEWS
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Lawmakers reveal little after Obama meeting on Afghanistan
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
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 …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Sotomayor Takes Active Role on Court's First Day  —  The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with an inquisitive new justice and a case from Maryland about how long police must honor a suspect's request for an attorney.  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor displayed no reticence …
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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.
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Michael Scherer / Swampland:
The Cup of Coffee: White House's David Axelrod Meets With Fox News' Roger Ailes
Discussion: Salon and Media Decoder
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
MSNBC's Ratigan battles McCaughey  —  Visit msnbc.com 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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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: Taegan Goddard's …, MyDD and Salon
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People.com:
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.
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Marc Malkin / E! Online:
DeLay to Dancing: I Know How to Quit You
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
US funds dry up for Iran rights watchdog  —  Obama White House less confrontational  —  Without additional funding, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center will shut down in May when its funding runs out, said Rene Redman, the group's executive director.
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CNN:
Dalai Lama urges U.S. to address rich-poor issue
Discussion: Truthdig
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
ACORN's Lewis suggests opponents are racist  —  ACORN's Bertha Lewis charged Tuesday that accusations about the embattled community organizing group are racist, alleging that a coordinated political effort started by former Bush adviser Karl Rove sought to stop the group from registering minority voters.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Michael Falcone / The Politico:
ACORN: Congress can't hurt us
Discussion: Big Government and CBS News
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: D-Day and marbury
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.
CNN:
Ensign says he did not breach ethics rules  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Embattled Republican Sen. John Ensign told CNN Tuesday he did not break Senate ethics rules by helping to secure a lobbying job for the husband of the woman he had an affair with.  —  “I think it's pretty clear.
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Caucus
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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: kfsreprint@hearstsc.com, 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 …
Campbell Brown / CNN:
President Obama's Inner Circle; First Swine Flu Vaccine Released  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  CAMPBELL BROWN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Tonight, here are the questions we want answered.  What advice is the president really getting from his inner circle?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The joint Post/Obama defense of the Patriot Act and FISA  —  (updated below)  —  The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut today produces an extreme piece of government-serving, stenographic “journalism,” publishing a dubious administration press release masquerading as a lengthy news article …
 
 
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