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1:05 PM 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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Disavows Report That It Disdains Gay Critics, Bloggers As “Internet Left Fringe”  —  The White House is strongly denying a report making the rounds that it views gay critics and bloggers as part of an “Internet left fringe,” with a senior adviser asserting to me that this sentiment …
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.
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.
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
The (Unexpected) Integrity of Many Gay Left Bloggers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DUMB ‘ADVISER’ TAKES A SHOT AT THE ‘INTERNET LEFT FRINGE’. …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
White House Contempt for Bloggers and “Left of the Left” is a Pattern
David S Morgan / CBS News:
White House: Don't Ask About “Don't Ask”
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
What's with all the @#%! language?  —  President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Eschaton
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama must send more troops, says ... Dianne Feinstein?
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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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Two Americans Share Nobel in Economics  —  The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science was awarded on Monday to two Americans for their work in economic governance.  —  The prize committee cited Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University “for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons” …
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MarketWatch:
Obama fails to win Nobel prize in economics  —  Commentary: Michael Moore, Timothy Geithner also passed over  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — In a decision as shocking as Friday's surprise peace prize win, President Obama failed to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Monday.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
And The Fake Nobel Goes To...
Discussion: Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein and Guardian
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Elinor Ostrom and the well-governed commons
Discussion: Crooked Timber and TIME.com
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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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 …
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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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Two Prominent Men in Sex Scandals, but Only One Feeding Frenzy  —  David Letterman must have been in denial.  —  Here he was, the savvy satirist, the court jester for the post-irony generation, apologizing again for “having had sex with women who had worked on this show”— a phrase guaranteed to give journalists heart palpitations.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharpton to NFL: Block Limbaugh  —  Rev. Al Sharpton pleaded with the National Football League on Monday to deny conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh the opportunity to buy the St. Louis Rams franchise.  —  In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Sharpton wrote that he was …
Discussion: The Note and ESPN
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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