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3:50 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!
Scott / Power Line:
Whose Dreams?  —  In the run-up to the election, Jack Cashill framed …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and American Thinker
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.) …
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
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
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
House Whip Count on Robust Public Option (Update)
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key House chairman: Dems ‘arriving at a consensus’ on health bill
Discussion: The Politico
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 W. Chen / City Room:
Bloomberg Report Alleges Illegal Sales at Gun Shows
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Raw Story
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Exclusive: Gun show dealers caught on video selling to people …
Carol Vogel / New York Times:
A Bold and Modern White House  —  The Obamas' taste in art is as broad as abstract canvases by Josef Albers, American Indian scenes by George Catlin and paintings by little-known figures like Alma Thomas, the African-American Expressionist painter.  Works by those artists were among …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
This, Apparently, Is Not a Joke — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Cynthia Dizikes / MinnPost:
Senate passes Franken amendment aimed at defense contractors  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In one of the most public tests of his political skills since taking office in July, Sen. Al Franken pushed through an amendment Tuesday that would withhold defense contracts from companies like Halliburton …
Discussion: Shakesville and Naked Politics
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CARPER COMPROMISE.... The Wall Street Journal reports today that a public option compromise measure crafted by Sen. Tom Carper (D) of Delaware seems to be gaining steam.  The piece noted that Carper's measure “won praise from some in his party Tuesday as a way of bridging differences among them.”
Discussion: Prescriptions
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.
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.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Support Builds for 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tankerbabelc / From Cow Pastures to Kosovo:
Survivors in Afghanistan Need Immediate Help - 56 Soldiers Lost EVERYTHING  —  UPDATE as of 7 OCT 09 1300 hrs  —  STILL NEED  —  Winter Wool Hiking Socks - mostly size 9-12 but a few 13+  —  Boxer briefs - have received none.  Need 6 small, 60 medium, 42 large and 4 XLarge
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
Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
OBAMA TO STUMP FOR OWENS  —  President Barack Obama will travel to New York City Oct. 20 to raise funds for William L. Owens, the Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District race, a White House official said Wednesday.  —  Mr. Obama, in town for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser …
Jackson Baker / Memphis Flyer:
Finally!  A Mayoral Forum With Character(s)!  —  Of all the mayoral debates and forums that have been held so far this campaign season, perhaps the most bizarre was the one sponsored Tuesday night at the University of Memphis' Rose Theatre by the NAACP.  Three of the 12 candidates on stage …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Chicago Violence Haunts Obama as Gun-Control Backers Left Cold  —  Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — At least 47 school-age children in Chicago have been killed in homicides, mostly by guns, since the month President Barack Obama took office.  —  The latest youth homicide in his adopted hometown …
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 and TPM LiveWire
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Catherine Amos / Danville News for GoDanRiver:
Hurt announces run for Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senators Take On Czar Wars
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Our Three Bombs  —  I am a 56-year-old baby boomer …
Matt Friedman / Politicker NJ:
Christie on FDU poll
Discussion: TPMDC
Washington Post:
Cartels Face an Economic Battle
Discussion: Clusterstock and On Deadline
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rep. Ryan admits GOP was negligent on health care for 12 years …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FOUND: GOP CAUCUS THEME SONG.... The “Party of No” theme has always …
 Earlier Items: 
Gateway Pundit:
Nancy Pelosi Squirms When Harry Reid Touches Her (Video)
Discussion: The Greenroom and Redhot
Josh McAuliffe / Scranton Times-Tribune:
Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson coming to Scranton to discuss war in Afghanistan
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Weak himself, Obama draws strength from Bush