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10:45 AM ET, October 7, 2009


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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 …
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Afghan Strategy Divides Lawmakers  —  Obama Tells Bipartisan Meeting He Has No Plans to Lower Troop Levels  —  Congressional leaders left a rare bipartisan meeting with President Obama on Tuesday divided over what strategy the administration should adopt to fight an increasingly unpopular war …
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 …
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Levin: Obama backed McChrystal in Afghanistan meeting
Wall Street Journal:
State-Run Health Plans Garner Support  —  WASHINGTON — Some influential centrist Democrats in the Senate are warming to a compromise that envisions health-insurance plans run by state governments, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger added his voice Tuesday to a small group …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
House feels left out on health care
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems let Rockefeller ponder vote
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Senate moderates echo GOP call for 72-hour disclosure
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.
Bill Ayers admits writing ‘Dreams’ to conservative blogger  —  Last Friday we posted an article on these pages asserting Bill Ayers' authorship of President Barack Obama's ‘Dreams From My Father,’ based on claims made by Obama biographer Christopher Andersen.
Discussion: Hot Air and BackyardConservative
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Approval of U.S. Congress Falls to 21%, Driven by Democrats  —  Lowest rating for Congress since January  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' approval of the job Congress is doing is at 21% this month, down significantly from last month's 31% and from the recent high of 39% in March.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Parties Nearly Tied for Congress in 2010  —  Voter preferences for Congress split 46% Democratic vs. 44% Republican  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Roughly a year before the 2010 midterm elections, Gallup finds the Republican and Democratic Parties nearly tied in the congressional ballot preferences of registered voters.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Rate Is Key to Fate of Democrats in 2010
Discussion: QandO
Mark Preston / CNN:
First on the Ticker: Obama enlists Hollywood in new ad  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama is turning to a handful of Hollywood stars to judge a contest that asks grassroots supporters to create a television commercial promoting health care reform.  —  Musician Will.I.Am, actor John Cho …
Discussion: TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
Fed Frets Over Commercial Real Estate  —  With Banks Slow to Take Losses, Fears of a Residential-Bust Repeat; ‘More Pain Likely Lies Ahead’  —  Banks in the U.S. “are slow” to take losses on their commercial real-estate loans being battered by slumping property values and rental payments …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Deeds points finger at Washington  —  Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds said in an interview that he was lagging in the polls entering the final weeks of the campaign in part because of voter concerns over his national party's agenda.  —  “Frankly, a lot of what's …
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
White House Steps Back in Va. Race
Discussion: RedState and Virginia Politics
Financial Times:
How the west can exit the Afghan quagmire
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pawlenty to Iowa  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will headline an Iowa Republican party event this fall, a trip that will mark his visit to the politically crucial state since he has made clear his interest in pursuing a presidential bid in 2012.  —  Pawlenty will be the featured guest at the …
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.
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").
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Working hard or hardly working?  —  Like most Americans, members of the House are expected to report promptly — no excuses — when summoned by their bosses for the start of another workweek.  One difference: For lawmakers, starting time doesn't come until about 6:30 Tuesday evening.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Charlie sneaks $3M in pork for CCNY  —  WASHINGTON — Two years after creating a center in his own name at City College, Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel has come through with a $3 million defense grant for the school — for a project the Pentagon doesn't even want, The Post has learned.
Discussion: YID With LID and JammieWearingFool
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Support Builds for Tax Credit to Encourage Hiring  —  The idea of a tax credit for companies that create new jobs, something the federal government has not tried since the 1970s, is gaining support among economists and Washington officials grappling with the highest unemployment in a generation.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Democratic Money Mandarins Meet In D.C.  —  The Mandarin Oriental plays host to the Democracy Alliance today, the gathering of philanthropic Democrats whose pooled money helped to catalyze the party's recent renaissance.  The members of the Alliance, all wealthy donors, will hear from organizations and individuals who want their money.
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