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4:45 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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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.
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 …
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.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WH PUSHES BACK AGAINST ANONYMOUS HARWOOD PARAPHRASE.... Following up on an item from this morning, the White House is pushing back against an anonymous paraphrase reported on MSNBC over the weekend.  —  To briefly recap, John Harwood said the Obama White House considers at least criticism from liberals as …
Discussion: CBS News, The Daily Dish and Open Left
The Note:
‘Top Line’ — President Obama's Blogger Problem
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The White House Denies ...
Discussion: Wonkette
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
“Take Off The Pajamas, Get Dressed”
Discussion: Kausfiles
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.
Paul Krugman:
An institutional economics prize
Discussion: Guardian
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Oliver Williamson and the pin factory
Discussion: EconLog
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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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?  —  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
CNN:
Industry group: Rates to rise under Senate plan
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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 …
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Hillary Clinton Rules Out White House Bid, Says She's 'Totally Secure …
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
Mercatus Center at George Mason University:
Rethinking Institutional Analysis: Interviews with Vincent and Elinor Ostrom  —  Entrepreneurship, Institutional Analysis, Social Change Project, Mercatus  —  On November 7th, 2003, the Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Mercatus Center …
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Mercatus Center at George Mason University:   Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Nobel for Institutional Economics
Discussion: Freakonomics
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.
Discussion: New York Times, BLACKFIVE and marbury
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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 …
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.
Reuters:
Kenyan police arrest American heading for Somalia  —  * Man was trying to enter area controlled by insurgents  —  * Arrested U.S. national told police he is a Muslim  —  An American man has been arrested in northern Kenya while trying to enter an area of Somalia controlled by Islamist insurgents, police and residents said on Monday.
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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
American Arrested Trying to Join al Qaeda's Somalia Affiliate
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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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