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2:45 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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
What's with all the @#%! language?  —  President Barack Obama called rap star Kanye West “a jackass.”  Vice President Joe Biden told a senator to “Gimme a f—ing break!”  Economic adviser Christina Romer declared that Americans had yet to have their “holy s—” moment over the economy.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
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.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The White House Denies ...
David S Morgan / CBS News:
White House: Don't Ask About “Don't Ask”
Discussion: Blogs and Stories and Jezebel
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
The (Unexpected) Integrity of Many Gay Left Bloggers
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Gay issues, the “Fringe Left” and the liberal veal pen
Discussion: American Prospect
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DUMB ‘ADVISER’ TAKES A SHOT AT THE ‘INTERNET LEFT FRINGE’. …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WH PUSHES BACK AGAINST ANONYMOUS HARWOOD PARAPHRASE. …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
W.H. aide blasts bloggers: ‘Take off their pajamas’
Discussion: Hot Air
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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.
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” …
Paul Krugman:
An institutional economics prize
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Insurance Industry Assails Health Care Legislation
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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Michelle Malkin:
WaPo Page A1 breaking news: Conservatives are horrible ogres, Part 99,999  —  The Sunday edition of the Washington Post featured a massive, front-page article by Ann Gerhart decrying the “incivility” of conservatives.  “The nation's political discourse seems sour, angry, even dangerous,” Gerhart frets.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Limbaugh: Obama's presidency worsening relations between races
Discussion: Classical Values
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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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 Townhall.com
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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Los Angeles Times:
Counterintuitive counterinsurgency
Dan Smith / Sacramento Bee:
Schwarzenegger signs gay rights bills  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two gay rights bills, one honoring late activist Harvey Milk and another recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.  —  In the last of hundreds of bill actions taken before midnight Sunday …
 
 
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