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8:45 AM ET, October 12, 2009

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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BREAKING FROM NBC: White House official calls gays part of “Internet left fringe”  —  UPDATE FROM PAM: … And let me just add that if we're all insignificant children who don't understand politics, and who the White House doesn't worry about, then why did a White House official feel the need …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
White House Thinks Demonstrators “Internet Left Fringe” Who Need to “Take Off The Pajamas”  —  Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy  —  Those anonymous White House aides are talking tough again, this time about what the New York Times calls …
Discussion: Salon, DISSENTING JUSTICE and Open Left
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox's Volley With Obama Intensifying  —  Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House tactic but to an unusual degree, the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to one specific organization, the Fox News Channel, calling it, in essence, part of the political opposition.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Gay Rights Marchers Press Cause in Washington  —  WASHINGTON - Impatient and discouraged by what they see as a certain detachment by President Obama on their issues, gay rights supporters took to the streets of the capital on Sunday in the largest demonstration for gay rights here in nearly a decade.
John Cloud / Time:
Obama's Gay Outreach: All Talk, No Action
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Insurance Industry Assails Health Care Legislation  —  WASHINGTON — In a blistering new attack, the health insurance industry said Sunday that health care legislation drafted by Senate Democrats would drive up premiums, rather than making coverage more affordable, as the White House contends.
Fox News:
Insurers Mount Attack Against Health Reform
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Heckuva Job, Barack  —  This was Barack Obama's chance.  —  Here was an opportunity to cut himself free, in a stroke, from the baggage that's weighed his presidency down — the implausible expectations, the utopian dreams, the messianic hoo-ha.  —  Here was a place to draw …
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New York Times:
Civilian Goals Largely Unmet in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Even as President Obama leads an intense debate over whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, administration officials say the United States is falling far short of his goals to fight the country's endemic corruption …
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Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Barack Obama ready to pay Afghan fighters to ditch the Taliban
Lewis Sorley / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Afghan Lessons From Vietnam  —  The ‘clear and hold’ strategy of Gen. Creighton Abrams was working in South Vietnam.  Then Congress pulled the plug on funding.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  More than 30 years have passed since North Vietnam, in gross violation of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, conquered South Vietnam.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Why Email No Longer Rules...  And what that means for the way we communicate  —  Services like Twitter, Facebook and Google Wave create a constant stream of interaction among users—for better or worse.  —  Email has had a good run as king of communications.  But its reign is over.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Tea partiers turn on GOP leadership  —  While the energy of the anti-tax and anti-Big Government tea party movement may yet haunt Democrats in 2010, the first order of business appears to be remaking the Republican Party.  —  Whether it's the loose confederation of Washington-oriented groups …
Chris Mortensen / ESPN:
Smith sends e-mail detailing opposition  —  NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith on Saturday made a move to solidify the union against a bid by conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh as part of a group that aims to purchase the St. Louis Rams.
ABCNews.com:
Transcript: Feinstein, Chambliss, McGovern, Keane  —  “This Week” Transcript with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Rep. Jim McGovern, Gen. Jack Keane  —  ABC NEWS, THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN, SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Jill Treanor / Guardian:
ATMs monitored hourly during crisis
Discussion: Clusterstock and AMERICAblog News
Joseph Rocha / Washington Post:
I Didn't Tell. It Didn't Matter.
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Think Progress makes its mark
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Katherine Skiba / Los Angeles Times:
Gays, lesbians march on Washington, calling for full equality
Discussion: American Power and Truthdig
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Bush Policy on DNA Test Waivers in Guilty Pleas Reviewed
David Cho / Washington Post:
Steep Losses Pose Crisis for Pensions