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3:15 PM ET, October 11, 2009

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Much Worse Than I Expected  —  All I can say is: the president gave a speech he could have given at any point in the last three years.  No one in that room could disagree with any of the things he said.  I sure don't (with the exception of the hate crimes hooey).  And he said it well and movingly.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Again to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog Gay:
Obama's big gay speech: Heard it all before.
Katherine Skiba / Los Angeles Times:
Obama renews pledge to gays to end 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: Truthdig and Top of the Ticket
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The HRC Dinner
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.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
McCain Admits to Tensions Over Palin  —  For the first time, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “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,” CNN reports.
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
McCain warns against ‘historic’ error in Afghanistan
Discussion: Dean's World
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF IT'S SUNDAY, IT'S PRESIDENT MCCAIN.... A couple of days ago, Atrios tweeted, “Huzzah!  President John McCain will be on my teevee on Sunday.”  I hoped he was kidding.  He wasn't.  —  On today's episode of CNN's “State of the Union,” viewers can tune in to find yet another Sunday interview …
Discussion: SWJ Blog
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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.
Richard N. Haass / Washington Post:
In the Afghan War, Aim for the Middle
Discussion: PoliBlog and Weekly Standard
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Another Fine Mess: Comics Whack Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Is President Obama in trouble with his late-night comedy base?  —  It's likely he hasn't noticed or doesn't care.  He is, after all, in the midst of his oft-invoked “full plate” of supposedly “defining moments” in his presidency …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Peace (Keepers) Prize
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Michael Moore:
Get Off Obama's Back ...second thoughts from Michael Moore
Christopher Buckley / Blogs and Stories:
A Prize Too Far  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast's …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Hot Air
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE SEAT: Two could beat Reid, poll finds  —  Lowden, Tarkanian tied atop GOP challengers  —  Nevadans say they're ready to replace longtime Democratic incumbent Sen. Harry Reid with an untested Republican.  —  Which Republican?  Undecided.  —  But of their top two picks …
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Jeff E. Schapiro / News & Advance:
Mason-Dixon poll: McDonnell up by 8 points over Deeds
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Daughter saves mother, 80, left by doctors to starve  —  AN 80-year-old grandmother who doctors identified as terminally ill and left to starve to death has recovered after her outraged daughter intervened.  —  Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled …
Discussion: Verum Serum and EconLog
Washington Examiner:
The truth about the Baucus bill - Part 1  —  Obamacare advocates in the White House, Congress and the newsroom of the New York Times were elated this week when a Congressional Budget Office statement said the health care reform bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. …
 
 
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David Cho / Washington Post:
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
A Dogged Taliban Chief Rebounds, Vexing U.S.
Discussion: Times of London
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
A Bounce? Indeed. A Boom? Not Yet.
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Big Picture
NY Daily News:
Muslim advocates charge racial profiling in Queens terror raids
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Top Judge Calls Calif. Government ‘Dysfunctional’
Discussion: Truthdig
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans
Discussion: The Jawa Report