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11:40 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.
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.
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 …
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
The (Unexpected) Integrity of Many Gay Left Bloggers  —  No sooner do I post on yesterday's march, thinking I've all but exhausted the topic that when reading two of my major sources for news and blog ideas, I chance upon the White House's (apparently) strange reaction to the rally.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
White House Contempt for Bloggers and “Left of the Left” is a Pattern  —  Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy  —  Last night following the equality march in DC, John Harwood appeared on MSNBC saying that the White House viewed these “base” problems as “part of the internet left fringe.”
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 …
David S Morgan / CBS News:
White House: Don't Ask About “Don't Ask”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DUMB ‘ADVISER’ TAKES A SHOT AT THE ‘INTERNET LEFT FRINGE’. …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
For Gay Activists, The Lady Is a Champ
Discussion: Time
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: The New Republic and 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 …
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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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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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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
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.
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 …
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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