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10:35 PM ET, October 12, 2009


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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 …
Fox News:
White House Escalates War of Words With Fox News  —  Anita Dunn, White House communications director, calls Fox News a “wing of the Republican Party,” after the White House began using its government blog to criticize “Fox lies.”  —  —  Calling Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire, The Nation and Don Surber
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Harwood Confirms: Comment Came from “Obama Adviser”  —  In response to the comment about White House disdain for the “liberal fringe” reported by NBC's John Harwood last night, some are suggesting that the word “adviser” could mean this is coming from someone outside the White House.  —  Steve Benen:
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
White House Talks DADT Repeal With Lieberman  —  Shortly after President Barack Obama pledged Saturday to end “don't ask, don't tell,” the Administration's highest-ranking LGBT official said the White House is speaking with certain senators about strategies for repealing the policy …
The Note:
‘Top Line’ — President Obama's Blogger Problem
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The White House Denies ...
Discussion: Wonkette
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval at 56% After Nobel Win  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama appears to have gotten a slight bounce in support after he was announced as the Nobel Peace Prize winner on Friday.  His 56% job approval rating for the last two Gallup Daily tracking updates is up from a term-low 50% …
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.
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Angry White Men Have Real Grievances  —  It is a sign of our weird political moment that the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama will probably hurt him among some of his fellow citizens.  —  His opponents are describing the award as premature.
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
NOBEL SURPRISE  —  If President Obama really had to get a gift …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
Time for Decisiveness on Afghanistan
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Ezra Klein:
The Insurance Industry's Deceptive Report  —  In the hallowed tradition of the tobacco and energy industries, the health insurance industry has commissioned a report (pdf) projecting doom and despair for those who seek to reform its business practices.  The report was farmed …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Is the Insurance Industry Declaring War?
Jesse Lee / Blog:
Reality Check: AHIP's “Study” Hard to Take Seriously
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Bill Nelson: I Prefer Trigger To Opt-Out Compromise
Associated Press:
Seniors lobby challenges health insurance report
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press and TPMDC
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Two Americans Are Awarded Nobel in Economics  —  In a departure from prevailing economic theory, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science was awarded Monday to two social scientists for their work in demonstrating that business people — co-workers as well as competitors …
Paul Krugman:
An institutional economics prize  —  Congratulations to Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson.  What a day for them!  —  The way to think about this prize is that it's an award for institutional economics, or maybe more specifically New Institutional Economics.
Lkiesling / Knowledge Problem:
More on Ostrom and Williamson, and decentralized coordination
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
It's a Fork, It's a Spoon, It's a ... Weapon?  —  NEWARK, Del. — Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy.  But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing with his karate instructor and his mother's fiancé by his side to vouch for him.
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Limbaugh: 'The media didn't make me, and they can't break me'  —  (CNN) - Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is dismissing Democratic campaigns to paint him as the man steering the Republican Party, and media frenzies over his most controversial comments.
Mark Preston / CNN:
Hillary Clinton says she won't run for president again  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she would not run for president again, and brushed off suggestions that she is being marginalized in the Obama White House.  —  Clinton, who lost the Democratic …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Why We Don't Need an Afghanistan Surge  —  At the heart of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for a major surge in troops is the assumption that we are failing in Afghanistan.  But are we really?  The United States has had one central objective: to deny al-Qaeda the means to reconstitute, to train and to plan major terrorist attacks.
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Nevada Senate Moved to Toss-Up  —  With recent polls continuing to show Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) trailing potential GOP challengers in next year's midterm election, Reid's hold on his Nevada Senate seat looks increasingly questionable.  We are moving the seat from Narrow Advantage for Incumbent Party to Toss-Up.
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, Left Coast Rebel and Hot Air
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
McCain team gets behind Tim Pawlenty
Discussion: Hot Air
Pakistan reels from fresh attack
Discussion: Truthdig
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rangel gets primary challenge from former campaign director
Discussion: RedState and Pajamas Media
Chris Frates / The Politico:
AHIP chief dodges question of support
Discussion: The Note
Kenyan police arrest American heading for Somalia
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Tax Frays Middle-Class Vow: Kevin Hassett (Correct)
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Energy crisis is postponed as new gas rescues the world
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rep. Flake's survivalist vacation in the tropics: Diary and photos
Discussion: On Deadline and Moe Lane