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10:55 PM ET, October 10, 2009

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Michael Moore:
Get Off Obama's Back ...second thoughts from Michael Moore  —  Last night my wife asked me if I thought I was a little too hard on Obama in my letter yesterday congratulating him on his Nobel Prize.  “No, I don't think so,” I replied.  I thought it was important to remind him he's now conducting the two wars he's inherited.
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Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Praise Our Nobel Laureate, You Churlish Anti-American  —  Listening to NPR's truly awful coverage of the Norwegian Nobel Committee's truly awful decision to give President Obama the Peace Prize, I heard this segment, in which Morning Edition hosts Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THAT?.... Yesterday's White House press briefing was pretty lively, with, as one might imagine, plenty of questions about the Nobel Peace Prize.  CBS News' Chip Reid's interests stood out, but not in a good way.  (via BarbinMD)  —  Reid said, “I mean …
Bob Kerrey / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Nobel and His Obligation to Afghanistan  —  When it comes to moral reputation, almost nothing matters more than keeping your word.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In a wonderfully stunning decision, the Nobel Committee in Oslo awarded our president its Peace Prize.
WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
PRESS BRIEFING
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Reactions Similar Only in Their Intensity
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
In Polanski Case, '70s Culture Collides With Today  —  LOS ANGELES — At the end of “Manhattan,” the celebrated movie romance from 1979, a teenager played by Mariel Hemingway delivers some good news to the 42-year-old television writer, portrayed by Woody Allen, with whom she has had a long-running sexual affair.
Jim Demint / Wall Street Journal:
What I Heard in Honduras  —  Our ambassador is the only person I met there who thinks there was a ‘coup.’ Let's release the State Department legal analysis.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Tegucigalpa  —  In the last three months, much has been made of a supposed military “coup” …
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Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans  —  CANTON, Ohio — After taking a class that covered global warming last year, Jill Saylor decided to save energy by drying her laundry on a clothesline at her mobile home.  —  “I figured trailer parks were the one place left where hanging …
New Jersey Politics:
Star-Ledger endorses independent Chris Daggett for N.J. governor  —  The Star-Ledger today endorses independent candidate Chris Daggett and recommends his election as the next governor of New Jersey.  —  The newspaper's decision is less a rejection of Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie …
Discussion: Politics Nation
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pakistan Frees Some Hostages Held at Army Headquarters  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani commandos rescued 25 hostages early Sunday who were held by militants inside the nation's military headquarters, after gunmen dressed in army fatigues stormed the building in a brazen attack 18 hours earlier …
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Aresu Eqbali / Agence France Presse:
Three Iranian protestors face death penalty  —  TEHRAN — Three people arrested after Iran's disputed presidential election have been condemned to death despite a global outcry over trials of people who claimed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election was rigged.  —  “Three people who were accused …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Small Banks Failure Rate Grows, Straining F.D.I.C.  —  A year after Washington rescued the banks considered too big to fail, the ones deemed too small to save are approaching a grim milestone: the 100th bank failure of 2009.  —  In what has become a ritual, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation …
Discussion: MyDD and Calculated Risk
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CBO: Tort reform would reduce deficit by $54 billion  —  Lost in the shuffle of the CBO scoring of Max Baucus' non-existent bill on the health care overhaul system this week is another analysis by the CBO on tort reform.  According to CBO director Douglas Elmendorf on his blog …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Republicans Predict a 2010 Surge, Democrats Dig In  —  WASHINGTON — Some House Republicans are boasting about their chances of regaining control of the House in 2010 and relegating Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to minority status for the second half of President Obama's term.
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
Solid Majority of Americans Support Same-Sex Civil Unions  —  Welcome Instapundit Readers!!  —  Perhaps the most interesting thing in the latest Pew Research Center survey on public attitudes toward gays was the juxtaposition of these two numbers.  While 57% of Americans supports civil unions …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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PewResearch.org:   Most Still Oppose Gay Marriage, but Support for Civil Unions Continues to Rise
 
 
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John Hooper / Guardian:
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Bill Maher / The Huffington Post:
New Rule: Everyone deserves equal rights.  That's why they're called “equal” and “rights.”
Discussion: Lean Left
Ynetnews:
Iran: Israel's threats inexplicable
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