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2:25 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.
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.”
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The White House Denies ...  They're walking back the “pajamas” smear.  I wonder who it was.  Of course, in today's Washington journalism, where anonymity is granted to the powerful for virtually any spin they want to deliver (yes, that means you, John Harwood), we'll never find out.  It reeks of Rahm to me.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
What's with all the @#%! language?  —  President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Eschaton
David S Morgan / CBS News:
White House: Don't Ask About “Don't Ask”
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 and Shakesville
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. …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama must send more troops, says ... Dianne Feinstein?
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
W.H. aide blasts bloggers: ‘Take off their pajamas’
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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
Discussion: Guardian and EconoSpeak
Mercatus Center at George Mason University:   Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development
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 …
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
 
 
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