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1:00 AM ET, October 14, 2009


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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Snowe defects on committee vote  —  Charles Grassley predicted that the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee would stick together on the final panel vote on the Baucus health-care overhaul plan.  Unfortunately, he didn't reckon on colleague Olympia Snowe's desire to make …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sens: Snowe's healthcare vote puts her top Commerce perch at risk
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Echoing Insurance Industry, Lieberman Says He Doesn't Support Baucus Bill
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Pour Rock Salt on Snowe
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Panel Is Set for Vote on Health Care Bill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Run Their Political Party The Right Way
Anthony Man / Broward Politics:
Robert Wexler to resign from Congress  —  Update: U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, plans to resign from Congress.  Wexler plans to meet with reporters Wednesday morning in Boca Raton to detail his next move.  A Democratic source with knowledge …
Discussion: The Buzz and RedState
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Wexler to Resign Florida Congressional Seat.  What Obama Job Will He Get?  —  Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), the self-described “fire breathing liberal” congressman, is going to announce his resignation from Congress tomorrow morning, according to the Sun-Sentinel.  And the paper adds: … Oh?
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Beth Reinhard /
U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler to step down  —  U.S. House of Representatives member Robert Wexler of Boca Raton, a self-described “fire-breathing liberal,” defender of Israel and friend of both President Barack Obama and Gov. Charlie Crist, is quitting Congress to head a think tank seeking peace in the Middle East.
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Wexler to leave Congress for Middle East-focused nonprofit, Democratic sources say
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Hill
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Top Ten Reasons Why The GOP Website Relaunch Is Fizzlin'  —  10. In a section devoted to “future leaders,” there were none.  —  9. In the subsequent rush to get up a “future leaders” page, they choose “you.”  —  8. The last GOP accomplishment cited on the accomplishment page was from 2004.
MSteele /
Let me ask you  —  The Internet has been around a while, now.  But, I still find it an amazing platform for innovation, not just in technology, but in life.  Beyond admiring the way it powers so many inventions and businesses, it has become a personal thing for me.
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Steele On New 'It's Not Even Really A Web Site'
Discussion: TPMDC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Missing from Future
Michael McAuliff / Mouth of the Potomac:
GOP Posts Password, Admin Instructions on New Web Site
Discussion: Wonkette
Mark Maske / Washington Post:
NFL Casts Doubt on Limbaugh's Bid  —  BOSTON—Commissioner Roger Goodell said here Tuesday that it would be inappropriate for the owner of an NFL franchise to make the sort of controversial statements attributed in the past to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Stick a fork in Limbaugh's NFL dream, it's done
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Charles Johnson Now So Anti-Racist He's Denouncing Fake Racist Quotes  —  Charles Johnson was against fake but accurate before he was for it.  —  No link for the idiot.  I'll just quote him.  From a thread: … That link I've left in provides a flurry of extremely dubious Limbaugh “quotes” — and not a single link or citation.
Ben Szobody / The State:
‘Chill out,’ Graham tells critics  —  GREENVILLE - An often clamorous crowd blasted, grilled and occasionally cheered Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a town hall meeting Monday that centered on health care reform but returned repeatedly to his positions on climate change, judicial appointees and immigration.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Graham: GOP ‘not going to be the party of angry white guys’
Jeffrey Herf / The New Republic:
Bombs Away  —  The only credible threat Obama can leverage against Iran  —  Our negotiations with Iran are not off to a good start.  After the initial meeting in Geneva on October 1—with Iran on one side and Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the United States on the other …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
GOP Tweets clip of Hitler praising Pelosi UPDATE  —  Hitler hearts Pelosi?  —  That seems to be a view the National Republican Congressional Committee [which brought you the put-Pelosi-in-her-place statement last week] seems to be endorsing, judging from what the committee posts on their Twitter account.
Mark Finkelstein /
Matthews: 'Someone's Going To Jam a CO2 Pellet Into Rush's Head'  —  What some guys won't say to get attention . . .  Analogizing Rush Limbaugh to a James Bond villain, Chris Matthews today fantasized: “at some point somebody's going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Matthews muses on killing Rush Limbaugh
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
Controversial Bush-Era EPA E-mail Released  —  Message Buried by Bush Administration Because of Its Conclusions on Global Warming Surfaces  —  (AP) A controversial e-mail message buried by the Bush administration because of its conclusions on global warming surfaced Tuesday …
Fox News:
Christian Convert Teen Must Go Back to Ohio, Judge Rules  —  A 17-year old girl who fled from her home, fearing her Muslim parents would kill her for converting to Christianity, must go back to Ohio, a Florida judge ruled Tuesday.  —  Judge Daniel Dawson ruled Ohio has jurisdiction over the case involving the teen, Rifqa Bary.
Michelle Malkin:
Michelle Obama is afraid of...South Carolina?  —  First, the White House goes to war with Fox News.  —  Now, if Democrat Rep. James Clyburn is to be believed, it looks like the First Lady is spoiling for a tiff with the state of South Carolina.  —  Is there anyone Team Obama isn't willing to alienate these days?
Symbol carved into green at Lakeville golf course  —  LAKEVILLE, Mass — Police along with the Secret Service are investigating after a local country club discovered a symbol resembling a swastika carved into the green.  —  Lakeville County Club workers discovered the vandalism early Monday morning.
The Smoking Gun:
O'Reilly Falafel Suit Turns Five  —  Fox News star's pervy sex fantasies, boasts just never get old  —  Happy anniversary, Bill O'Reilly!  On this date five years ago, the Fox News Channel host was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit brimming with lurid details about vibrators, phone sex …
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Supply-Side Economics, R.I.P.  —  Today is the official publication date of my latest book, The New American Economy.  In this post I'd like to explain a little bit about why I wrote it and how I arrived at my present state of mind, which seems to be confusing to many of my friends.
Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
GOP NJ governor candidate's spending questioned  —  TRENTON, N.J. — The Republican candidate for New Jersey governor, who has campaigned on a platform of ethical integrity and cutting government waste, regularly spent beyond federal guidelines on business travel while U.S. attorney, records show.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Isakson to offer bill expanding tax credit to all homeowners
Discussion: The Politico
Orlando Sentinel / Central Florida Political Pulse:
Webster: I'm not running against Grayson
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Recession Halloween: Jacko Hot, Pols Not
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Motorcycle helmet externality of the day
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Neuroworld
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
Bloomberg Wins Bidding For BusinessWeek
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Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
Khamenei Said to be in Coma  —  This story has been floating around …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Discussion: Liberal Values