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1:20 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: Open Left
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.
Discussion: The Stranger … and Firedoglake
John Cloud / Time:
Obama's Gay Outreach: All Talk, No Action  —  Saturday night President Obama charmingly delivered a rather bleak message to the gay community on the eve of its latest march on Washington.  In a speech to the world's largest gay political group, the Human Rights Campaign, Obama essentially said two things: I'm with you.
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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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox's Volley With Obama Intensifying
Katharine Q. Seelye / Prescriptions:
Democrats Heed Dole's Objection and Kill TV Ad  —  At the request of former Senator Bob Dole, Democrats are scrapping plans to broadcast a new commercial that touted Republicans like Mr. Dole speaking in support of overhauling the health-care system.  —  Mr. Dole lodged a complaint …
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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.
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 …
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 …
John / Power Line:
An Inconvenient Journalist  —  Al Gore notoriously refuses to debate the scientific merits of his book and movie about global warming, both titled An Inconvenient Truth.  At a conference of environmental journalists, however, he briefly deigned to answer questions.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Peace (Keepers) Prize  —  The Nobel committee did President Obama no favors by prematurely awarding him its peace prize.  As he himself acknowledged, he has not done anything yet on the scale that would normally merit such an award — and it dismays me that the most important prize in the world has been devalued in this way.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Peggy Noonan Wants To Write Obama's Nobel Speech
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Firedoglake
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Think Progress makes its mark  —  Can a liberal blog launched in the midst of the Bush era - a blog that once obsessed over Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove and the outing of Valerie Plame - still make its mark in the age of Obama?  —  In the case of Think Progress, the answer so far is yes.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Think Progress
Nancy Lofholm / Denver Post:
Parents of “chunky” infant weigh in on health insurance reform  —  Frustrated parents of a big infant who is being denied insurance view the system as “absurd.”  —  GRAND JUNCTION — Alex Lange is a chubby, dimpled, healthy and happy 4-month-old.  —  But in the cold, calculating numbered charts of insurance companies, he is fat.
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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CNN:
McCain warns against ‘historic’ error in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and Dean's World
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
McCain Admits to Tensions Over Palin
Discussion: Washington Post
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Feinstein: Obama Should Approve McChrystal's Recommendations  —  Senator Dianne Feinstein told me this morning that President Obama must approve General McChrystal's recommendations for an additional 40,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan.  —  “I don't know how you put somebody in …
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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.
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Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Graham works with Kerry on climate bill
Discussion: Climate Progress
 
 
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Christian Toto / Big Hollywood:
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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:
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Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Barack Obama ready to pay Afghan fighters to ditch the Taliban
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Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
A Bounce? Indeed. A Boom? Not Yet.
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Big Picture