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11:05 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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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.
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Harwood: Anonymous WH adviser says bloggers need to ‘take off the pjs, get dressed,’ and stop criticizing us.  —  Yesterday, CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood said that the Obama White House doesn't view dissatisfaction amongst LGBT advocates — tens of thousands of whom marched …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
The White House just called LGBTs part of pajama-clad ‘Internet fringe’ for asking for civil rights  —  In an NBC report less than 24 hours after the President declared his unwavering support for the LGBT community, the White House has decided to sh*t on citizen journalists on the left who are simply advocating for our civil rights.
David S Morgan / CBS News:
White House: Don't Ask About “Don't Ask”
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
For Gay Activists, The Lady Is a Champ
Discussion: Time
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
The (Unexpected) Integrity of Many Gay Left Bloggers
Discussion: Daily Pundit and The Other McCain
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Insurance Group Says Health Bill Will Mean Higher Premiums  —  Report Issued Before Key Committee Vote  —  After months of collaboration on President Obama's attempt to overhaul the nation's health-care system, the insurance industry plans to strike out against the effort on Monday …
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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.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Is the Insurance Industry Declaring War?  —  Over the weekend, America's Health Insurance Plans circulated a study it commissioned from PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  In a memo to AHIP members, reproduced here, president Karen Ignani explained its significance:  —  The report makes clear …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Insurance industry report blasts reform
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Pelosi Key to GOP 2010 Playbook  —  Republicans Hope Linking House Speaker to Democrats Can Turn Centrist Districts  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are stepping up attacks on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, deciding that a major part of their 2010 electoral strategy will be linking Democratic candidates to her.
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John Harwood / New York Times:
Democrats Must Attack to Win in 2010, Strategists Say  —  New Jersey Republicans complain that Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, has turned nasty to gain ground in his re-election bid this year.  Republicans elsewhere should brace themselves.  —  That is because Mr. Corzine's strategy …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CREATING A MONSTER.... The right-wing “Tea Party” activists are, obviously, deeply opposed to the Obama White House's policies and the Democratic agenda in general.  But Alex Isenstadt reports that they're not especially pleased with the state of the Republican Party, either.
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Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Cable News Irony Alert: CNN, Fox and The Disappearing General Audience  —  White House Communications Director Anita Dunn appeared Sunday morning on Howard Kurtz's CNN show Reliable Sources to discuss her comments in my TIME magazine story this week.  She continued her criticism of Fox News:
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
WH aide: Fox News operates like an arm of the GOP
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
‘Conceptual language’ hides health care's cost  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  Some of the headlines in recent days are not worthy of belief.  No, I'm not referring to the headlines that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, however odd that many seem to many (including, it seems, Obama himself).
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Finance health vote will require a leap of faith for several senators
Discussion: Bloomberg and Capitol Briefing
George Skelton / Los Angeles Times:
What if Tom Campbell had money?  —  (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press / September 16)  —  The Republican is not far from the California mainstream, but his race for governor needs dollars.  —  Capitol Journal  —  From Sacramento  —  Tom Campbell is one of those “what if?” political candidates with intriguing potential scenarios.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Jackson sees ‘complications’ for Dems in 2010 if no public option  —  Democrats may suffer “complications” among supporters in next year's midterm elections if they fail to pass a health bill containing a public option, Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) warned Monday.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Foreclosures Grow in Housing Market's Top Tiers  —  New data suggest that foreclosures are rising in more expensive housing markets.  —  About 30% of foreclosures in June involved homes in the top third of local housing values, up from 16% when the foreclosure crisis began three years ago …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
 
 
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