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4:40 PM ET, October 7, 2009


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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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Ayers: I wrote Obama's book!  —  Ever since the heat of the 2008 campaign, a handful of conspiracy theorists have circulated the rumor that Bill Ayers ghostwrote Barack Obama's first book, “Dreams from my Father.”  —  Now Ayers is coming forward to confirm the rumor, and he's demanding royalties!
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Ayers Dreams of Obama — By: Jonah Goldberg
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 …
Aunohita Mojumdar / Christian Science Monitor:
‘Code Pink’ rethinks its call for Afghanistan pullout  —  In Afghanistan, the US women's activist group finds that their Afghan counterparts want US troop presence - as well as more reconstruction.  —  KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -  —  When Medea Benjamin stood up in a Kabul meeting hall this weekend …
Wall Street Journal:
Battle of Books Rages in Afghan Debate  —  WASHINGTON — The struggle to set the future course of the Afghan war is becoming a battle of two books — both suddenly popular among White House and Pentagon brain trusts.  —  The two draw decidedly different lessons from the Vietnam War.
Carter Joins New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Buffalo News, Minneapolis Star-Tribune in Calling for Chairman to Step Down  —  (WASHINGTON, DC) - House Members Wednesday will have to cast a recorded vote on whether it is acceptable …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Waters: ‘Many members’ suffer from disclosure problems like Rep. Rangel  —  “Many members” of Congress suffer from the same disclosure issues as the embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), one of his congressional allies suggested Wednesday.  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Democrats sink Republican effort to take away Rangel's chairmanship
Discussion: On Deadline
Associated Press:
Senate OKs Measure Related to Rape Claim
Discussion: Facing South
Cynthia Dizikes / MinnPost:
Senate passes Franken amendment aimed at defense contractors
Discussion: Shakesville
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
This, Apparently, Is Not a Joke — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez  —  Barack Obama has this hanging in the White House:  —  It proves a gift to Nick Schulz.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Michael B. Oren / The New Republic:
Deep Denial  —  Toughened by their frontier ethos, steeled by serial wars, Israelis are not prone to flattery.  Most, in fact, eschew using the closest equivalent to the Hebrew word for flattery—chanupa— in favor of the derisive Yiddish-derivative, firgun.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Israeli Ambassador Says Richard Goldstone is Worse than Ahmadenijad
Michael R. Bloomberg / The Huffington Post:
Gun Show Undercover  —  Ever wonder how criminals are able to get guns so easily?  It's depressingly simple.  On any given weekend, at dozens of gun shows held in states across the country — criminals can buy guns from “private sellers” who are not required to perform background checks.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Exclusive: Gun show dealers caught on video selling to people …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Latest Internal Whip Count: Nearly Three-Fourths Of House Dems Support Robust Public Option  —  Still more grounds for cautious optimism about the public option:  —  I've got the latest internal whip count numbers from Dem Rep. Raul Grijalva, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressional Caucus …
Discussion: The Politico and Firedoglake
Gary Grado / East Valley Tribune:
Feds strip Arpaio of immigration authority  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has stripped Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of his authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants based solely on their immigration status.  —  But Arpaio said Tuesday he plans to continue his controversial …
Doug Stanglin / On Deadline:
Feds limit Ariz. sheriff's crackdown on illegal immigrants
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCaughey And Me  —  I said my piece about this on this blog a while back.  I do not think it's professional to air the specifics of internal battles after the fact, and I take full responsibility for being the editor of the magazine that published the piece.  I accepted an award for it.
Amanda Carpenter / Washington Times:
A new mommy tax  —  When Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus proposed taxing medical devices to raise $40 billion over the next 10 years for his health care plan, opponents started digging in and looking at what would be taxed.  It turned out feminine products, like tampons …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A new “mommy tax” in ObamaCare shows pitfalls; Update: Device list linked
Tankerbabelc / From Cow Pastures to Kosovo:
Survivors in Afghanistan Need Immediate Help - 56 Soldiers Lost EVERYTHING  —  UPDATE as of 7 OCT 1430 hrs  —  We do NOT need fleece blankets, wash clothes or towels.  Still need everything else on the list below  —  UPDATE as of 7 OCT 09 1300 hrs  —  STILL NEED
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.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Louie Gohmert: Hate crimes bill will lead to Nazism, legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality.  —  Led by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) last night, lawmakers convened for a special session of floor speeches urging a repeal of Don't Act Don't Tell.
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 …
Washington Wire:
Did the First Dog Leave a Number Two on Air Force One?  —  Elizabeth Williamson reports on the White House.  —  The mystery begins in a Pittsburgh bar where several high-flying airline types met last month.  —  The group swapped stories over drinks when three people present let loose with a good tale.
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Reid ‘Likely’ to Make Entire Health Bill an Amendment to Unrelated Tax Bill That House Passed in March  —  ( — A senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told that it is “likely” that Reid will use H.R. 1586—a bill passed by the House in March to impose …
Paul Krugman:
Still chasing shadows?  —  This article on the continued troubles in credit markets was informative.  But it raised a puzzle.  Call me naive, but why does Fed policy seem to assume that the only way to repair credit markets is to return to the status quo ante, circa January 2007?
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Support Is Building for a Tax Credit to Help 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.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court mauls the law banning animal-cruelty videos.  —  Witness the American deputy solicitor general in his natural habitat—the Supreme Court.  As Neal Katyal roams softly across the cool marble chamber, he has no idea what awaits him.  He is here to protect his tribe …
Ramin Setoodeh / Newsweek Blogs:
Q&A: Tom DeLay Schools Us on Birthers, ‘Dancing,’ and the Texas Corrections System  —  Tom DeLay's final dance Monday night—a samba.  —  Tom DeLay was the first politician on Dancing With the Stars, and now his campaign is over.  The former Republican House majority leader had to drop …
Discussion: The Hill
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Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Catherine Amos / Danville News for GoDanRiver:
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Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Pakistani Government Dismayed by U.S. Wavering on Afghanistan
Discussion: The Nation and Hot Air
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Our Three Bombs  —  I am a 56-year-old baby boomer …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rep. Ryan admits GOP was negligent on health care for 12 years …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Nancy Pelosi Squirms When Harry Reid Touches Her (Video)
Discussion: Redhot
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Firefighters lose large U.S. grant to ACORN
Tony Romm / The Hill:
150 Dems to Pelosi: No tax on health insurance
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Jackson Baker / Memphis Flyer:
Finally! A Mayoral Forum With Character(s)!
Discussion: Weekly Standard