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8:05 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 …
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:
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and AMERICAblog Gay
The Huffington Post:
Bloggers Furious At White House For Anonymous Ridicule  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Progressive bloggers were in an uproar Sunday night after a White House “adviser,” speaking on condition of anonymity, urged them to “take off their pajamas” and get serious about politics.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The White House Denies ...
Discussion: Wonkette
The Note:
‘Top Line’ — President Obama's Blogger Problem
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BREAKING FROM NBC: White House official calls gays part of “Internet left fringe”
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
“Take Off The Pajamas, Get Dressed”
Discussion: Kausfiles and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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% …
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
Paul Krugman:
An institutional economics prize
Discussion:, the talking dog and Guardian
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Oliver Williamson and the pin factory
Discussion: Knowledge Problem and EconLog
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 …
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Insurance Group Says Health Bill Will Mean Higher Premiums
Igor / Think Progress:
Insurance Industry Report Promises To Increase Premiums By 111% Under Health Reform
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 and Associated Press
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 …
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Hillary Clinton Rules Out White House Bid, Says She's 'Totally Secure …
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.
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Limbaugh: Obama's presidency worsening relations between races
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
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.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
American Arrested Trying to Join al Qaeda's Somalia Affiliate
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
AHIP chief dodges question of support
Discussion: The Note
The Huffington Post:
McDonnell Hosting Event With Endorser Who Mocked Opponent's Stutter
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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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rep. Flake's survivalist vacation in the tropics: Diary and photos
Discussion: On Deadline and Moe Lane