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10:40 AM ET, October 11, 2009

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Again to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Saturday renewed his vow to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, but failed to offer a timetable for doing so — an omission likely to inflame critics who say he is not fighting aggressively enough for gay rights.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Where's the beef?  —  Joe's reaction to Obama's gay speech is up on the gay blog.  —  As for my take... Barack Obama just promised us that if he becomes president, he's going to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and get ENDA passed.  It was a bit surreal.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The HRC Dinner  —  8.56 pm.  More campaign boilerplate.  This speech could have been made - and was made - a year ago.  —  8.53 pm.  His major achievement - the one thing he has actually done - is invite gay families to the Easter egg-roll.  —  8.51 pm.  Again, more of a campaign speech.
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Frank says D.C. gay rights march misses mark
Discussion: GayPatriot, The Hill and Weasel Zippers
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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Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
In Today's Viral World, Who Keeps a Civil Tongue?  —  Late last month, Charisse Carney-Nunes fired up the computer at her home in Northeast Washington to check her e-mail.  Her brain already was on morning drive time: breakfast for the kids, her day's work at a government agency.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Another Fine Mess: Comics Whack Obama
Discussion: TigerHawk and BAGnewsNotes
Wall Street Journal:
A Wicked and Ignorant Award
Christopher Buckley / Blogs and Stories:
A Prize Too Far  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast's …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Hot Air
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Praise Our Nobel Laureate, You Churlish Anti-American
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and RedState
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Two Wrongs Make Another Fiasco  —  THOSE of us who love F. Scott Fitzgerald must acknowledge that he did get one big thing wrong.  There are second acts in American lives.  (Just ask Marion Barry, or William Shatner.)  The real question is whether everyone deserves a second act.
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Richard N. Haass / Washington Post:
In the Afghan War, Aim for the Middle
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Martina Stewart / CNN:
McCain weighs in on Palin in 2012  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain is openly admitting that there were tensions between his former campaign manager Steve Schmidt and those close to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's one-time White House running mate.
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.
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 York Times:
Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation)  —  CONVENTIONAL wisdom suggests that the prospect of Congress passing a comprehensive climate change bill soon is rapidly approaching zero.  The divisions in our country on how to deal with climate change are deep.
Discussion: The Hill, Climate Progress and MyDD
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Top Judge Calls Calif. Government ‘Dysfunctional’  —  LOS ANGELES — In a rare public rebuke of state government and policies delivered by a sitting judge, the chief justice of the California Supreme Court scathingly criticized the state's reliance on the referendum process, arguing that it has …
Discussion: Truthdig
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Small Banks Fail at Growing Rate, 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
 
 
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Eye of the Beholder
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Star-Ledger endorses independent Chris Daggett for N.J. governor
David Ingram / LAW.com:
Despite Drumbeat About Departure, White House Counsel Vows to Stay
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Three Iranian protestors face death penalty
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B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
Solid Majority of Americans Support Same-Sex Civil Unions
Discussion: Moe Lane
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Republicans Predict a 2010 Surge, Democrats Dig In