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9:40 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 …
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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.”  —  FOXNews.com  —  Calling Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Nation
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 Advisor”  —  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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The White House Denies ...
Discussion: Wonkette
The Note:
‘Top Line’ — President Obama's Blogger Problem
Discussion: Firedoglake and CBS News
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% …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
NOBEL SURPRISE  —  If President Obama really had to get a gift postmarked Scandinavia this month, he would probably, on the whole, have preferred the Olympics.  At least at the Olympics the judges wait till after the race to give you the gold medal.  They don't force it on you while you're still waiting …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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 …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Is the Insurance Industry Declaring War?
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov 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
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.
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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 …
Lkiesling / Knowledge Problem:
More on Ostrom and Williamson, and decentralized coordination  —  Both Ostrom's work on governance institutions and common-pool resources and Williamson's work on governance institutions and the transactional boundary of the firm contribute meaningfully to our understanding of how individuals coordinate …
Discussion: EconLog
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Oliver Williamson and the pin factory
Discussion: EconLog
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
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rangel gets primary challenge from former campaign director  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will face a 2010 primary challenge from one of his own former campaign directors.  —  Vince Morgan, a New York banker who once worked for Rangel as a special assistant and subsequently as a campaign director …
Discussion: RedState and Pajamas Media
 
 
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BBC:
Pakistan reels from fresh attack
Discussion: Truthdig
Chris Frates / The Politico:
AHIP chief dodges question of support
Discussion: The Note
Reuters:
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)
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Why We Don't Need an Afghanistan Surge
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Energy crisis is postponed as new gas rescues the world
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
GOING ROGUE - OR MAYBE OUT FOR COFFEE
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rep. Flake's survivalist vacation in the tropics: Diary and photos
Discussion: On Deadline and Moe Lane