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4:15 PM ET, October 6, 2009

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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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Obamas' Ego Trip to Copenhagen  —  In the Niagara of words spoken and written about the Obamas' trip to Copenhagen, too few have been devoted to the words they spoke there.  Their separate speeches to the International Olympic Committee were so dreadful, and in such a characteristic way …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GEORGE WILL FOLLOWS THE RIGHT'S CHOSEN MEME.... Periodically, conservatives latch onto a new line of attack against President Obama.  Apparently, the new one is “narcissism.”  Marty Peretz talked it up yesterday in a bizarre piece, and George Will endorsed the argument in his column today.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
Discussion: D-Day and Weekly Standard
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Webb calls McChrystal's public statements ‘odd’
Discussion: The Note and ABCNEWS
Robert Fisk / The Independent:
The demise of the dollar  —  In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading  —  In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning …
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Reuters:
Oil States Say No Talks on Replacing Dollar
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Why is Betsy McCaughey on MSNBC?  —  Yesterday, I noted that the problem with Betsy McCaughey isn't that she's a liar — it's that the media gives her a platform to lie.  —  Let's be clear about this: it isn't just FOX News and the New York Post that are guilty of promoting someone whose claim …
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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Animal cruelty law in trouble
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
The constitutionality of healthcare  —  There's nothing illegal …
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and ACS Blog
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Castle running for the Senate  —  Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) will be running for Vice President Joe Biden's old Senate seat in Delaware, according to two GOP sources connected to the congressman, instantly giving Republicans the opportunity to flip a traditionally-Democratic seat in their column.
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The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Delaware Senate Moved to Lean Takeover
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Daily Kos
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
DE-Senate: Castle To Run
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.
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
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Team Says Zazi Case Illustrates Balanced Approach to Terror Threat  —  President Obama will make his first visit to the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean on Tuesday morning, telling intelligence officials that their recent successes have proved how effectively multiple agencies can perform when they work in concert.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The joint Post/Obama defense of the Patriot Act and FISA
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
How Israel Was Disarmed  —  News analysis from the near-future.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Jan. 20, 2010  —  NEW YORK—When American diplomats sat down for the first in a series of face-to-face talks with their Iranian counterparts last October in Geneva, few would have predicted …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Eunomia
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” …
Cappy McGarr / New York Times:
A Texas-Sized Health Care Failure  —  THE Senate Finance Committee has for the moment rejected the idea of creating a public health insurance plan.  It's difficult to see how Americans will be able to find good, affordable health insurance without one.  But if we are to go forward without …
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
Burden of Proof on Obama's Origins  —  A dentist and lawyer, Orly Taitz has plenty to keep her busy.  But a side passion is what consumes her these days: challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be president.  —  RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.  —  The dental office of Orly Taitz, DDS …
Zombie / zomblog:
Memo to Kevin Jennings: Your reputation is on the line  —  [Note: Kevin Jennings is the current “Safe Schools Czar” for the Obama administration.]  —  Mr. Jennings —  Please read my plea.  Your shining career may soon be tarnished.  You're about to be blindsided.  And I'd like to help you save your reputation.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Aides Act to Fix Safety Net  —  WASHINGTON — With unemployment expected to rise well into next year even as the economy slowly recovers, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress are discussing extending several safety net programs as well as proposing new tax incentives for businesses to renew hiring.
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
Conservative Bible Project Cuts Out Liberal Passages  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Lo and behold, the Bible has gotten too liberal, according to a group of conservatives.  And it needs a little editing.  —  That's the inspiration behind the Conservative Bible Project …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Latimer blasts Lowry: National Review is MSM  —  National Review editor Rich Lowry raised questions yesterday about former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer's unflattering White House memoir Speech-Less, suggesting — as have other critics — that Latimer's judgments have been skewed by the fact …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Wonkette
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).
Rasmussen Reports:
To Pay for Health Care Plan, 59% Say No New Taxes on Those Earning Under $250,000  —  Fifty-nine percent (59%) of U.S. voters favor putting a provision in the health care reform plan that would prohibit any new taxes, fees or penalties on families who make less than $250,000 a year.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Swiss reject Polanski's bid for freedom
Discussion: Hot Air
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll: Corzine Takes One-Point Lead, After Months Of Trailing
Discussion: D-Day and Vanity Fair
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Limbaugh, Checketts interested in Rams
Discussion: The Note and Townhall.com
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Bachmann: ‘Strong investigation’ into non-profits needed
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Gold price rises to all-time high
Discussion: The Majlis
New York Post:
Labor Department comes clean about fake jobs
Discussion: QandO, Don Surber and Wake up America
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Marco Rubio raises nearly $1 million
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
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