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10:25 PM ET, October 14, 2009

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Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Sources: Checketts to drop Limbaugh  —  Rush Limbaugh is expected to be dropped from a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams, according to three NFL sources.  —  Dave Checketts, chairman of the NHL's St. Louis Blues and the point man in the Limbaugh group attempting to buy the Rams …
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Limbaugh fires back at ‘fool’ Jackson Lee for NFL floor speech  —  Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday fired back at a House Democrat who has called on the National Football League (NFL) not to let him buy the St. Louis Rams.  —  On his radio show, Limbaugh said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ezra Klein:
What Olympia Snowe Got for Her Vote  —  The list of senators charged with merging the Finance and HELP bills into the legislation that will actually come to a vote on the Senate floor is vanishingly small, and every participant is there for a reason.  Harry Reid will preside.
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Snowe: Public option could be dealbreaker  —  The public option is likely a deal breaker for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the sole Republican who voted for healthcare reform in the Finance Committee yesterday.  —  In a number of interviews this morning, Snowe, whose vote is seen as crucial …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Nelson: 'I Don't Know' If I Could Support A Health Care Bill Without Snowe
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election  —  2010 Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey Leads Specter, Runs Even With Sestak  —  Republican-turned-Democratic Senator Arlen Specter trails potential GOP challenger Pat Toomey by five points in an early look at Pennsylvania's 2010 Senate race.
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PittsburghLIVE.com:
Poll shows Specter staring at ‘near fatal’ 31 percent re-election figure  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  HARRISBURG — Only 31 percent of Pennsylvania voters believe Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter should be re-elected, and 59 percent believe it's time to give someone else a chance, a state poll released today shows.
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
Russia: We'll Nuke ‘Aggressors’ First  —  Russia is weighing changes to its military doctrine that would allow for a “preventive” nuclear strike against its enemies — even those armed only with conventional weapons.  The news comes just as American diplomats are trying to get Russia to cut …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Hot Air
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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
For Insurers, a Question of Trust (and Antitrust)  —  In a rare appearance as a witness at a Senate hearing, the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, on Wednesday told the Judiciary Committee that it should repeal a 1945 law that granted the insurance industry limited exemption …
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Megan McArdle:
Democrats Try to Hit the Insurance Industry Where it Hurts
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Geithner Aides Reaped Millions Working for Banks, Hedge Funds  —  Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Some of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's closest aides, none of whom faced Senate confirmation, earned millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other Wall Street firms …
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Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
He Did It: Watchdog Puts AIG Bonus Blame Squarely on Geithner's Shoulders
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Wire:
Palin Plans New Political Group  —  Michael M. Phillips reports on the doings of conservative favorite Sarah Palin.  —  Sarah Palin fans can expect to see a new Palin political organization surface as her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” hits the shelves next month.
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:   CNN's Castellanos' firm is ad buyer for AHIP's anti-health care ad blitz
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Reid's Office Pushes Back, Says Lefty Campaign Against Him Is Non-Starter  —  Senator Harry Reid's office is now going on record pushing back hard against a campaign by the left to compel him to force Dem Senators into line on health care, with Reid's spokesman sending me a statement claiming the idea is unworkable and a non-starter.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Congress Matters
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Harry Reid abdicates his leadership role
Discussion: The Plum Line
Wall Street Journal:
An Apartment Complex Teeters  —  High-Profile Tishman/BlackRock Property in New York in Danger of Default  —  The giant Stuyvesant Town apartment complex on Manhattan's East Side, shown Tuesday, was developed by MetLife for World War II veterans.  —  One of the biggest …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House Republicans accuse Muslim group of trying to plant spies  —  Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus said the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) have tried to plant “spies” within key national-security committees in order to shape legislative policy.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
So Much for the Post-Racial America — By: Andy McCarthy  —  I'm hunkered down on some projects and just heard about the phony attacks on Rush by the race-hustlers extraordinaire, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.  I know Rush has big shoulders and he'll handle it just fine.
Discussion: Power Line and Pundit & Pundette
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Daisy Chain of Cheneys  —  I imagine that if you called the new consulting firm of Cheney, Cheney & Cheney and got put on hold, you'd hear the “Ghostbusters” theme: … It's hard to believe that the Bush dynasty, which limped away in disgrace after smashing our economy and the globe, has spawned another political dynasty.
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msnbc.com:
‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ for Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
updates.pressherald.mainetoday.com:
Poll: 51.8% plan to vote no on question 1  —  in - Central Maine Newspapers - Portland Press Herald  —  According to new poll data, 51.8 percent of people who plan to vote in November say they will vote no or are leaning in that direction on question 1, the people's veto of Maine's same-sex marriage law.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner downplays Dow 10,000  —  Dow 10,000 just isn't that big a deal, House Republican leader John Boehner said Wednesday morning.  —  And anyone who places significance on the stock market hitting this symbolic number is “certainly not talking to the American people.”
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Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Perils of a Talking Head  —  Anyone who regularly does TV interviews knows that one is always required to do a pre-interview in which a producer feels you out as to what you will say in response to certain hypothetical questions.  It would be simpler if they just came out and said …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Stanley McChrystal's Long War  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal stepped off the whirring Black Hawk and headed straight into town.  He had come to Garmsir, a dusty outpost along the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan, to size up the war that President Obama has asked him to save.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WSJ takes top spot among daily papers; staff toast at 5 pm UPDATE  —  Rupert Murdoch may have always wanted—still wants?—to own the New York Times, but the press baron can now boast of owning the top-circulating U.S. paper: The Wall Street Journal.  —  Staffers in New York were sent …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Why GOP Leader Opposes Hate Crimes Protections for Gays  —  Last week, House Republican Leader John Boehner objected to House passage of a bill that would expand hate crime laws and make it a federal crime to assault people on the basis of their sexual orientation.
The Hill:
Blue Cross group blasts reform legislation  —  Premiums will rise up to 50 percent for individual policies and 19 percent for small group plans if healthcare reform passes, a new report released by a major health industry trade group claims.  —  Sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association …
Daniel Luban / LobeLog.com:
Bolton suggests nuclear attack on Iran  —  This Friday, the American Enterprise Institute will host an event addressing the question “Should Israel attack Iran?”  The event includes, among others, Iran uberhawk Michael Rubin and infamous “torture lawyer” John Yoo, but the real star is likely …
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
It's On: CBS News Investigates Letterman Scandal  —  Over the past year, Armen Keteyian, the chief investigative correspondent for CBS News, has reported on cyber-thieves in New Jersey, murder-for-hire plots in Wisconsin and teenage bomb-makers in Atlanta.  But these days, Mr. Keteyian is hard …
Discussion: Gawker and Romenesko
Steven A. Camarota / Publications:
Public Opinion in Mexico on U.S. Immigration: Zogby Poll Examines Attitudes  —  Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies.  —  A new survey by Zogby International finds that people in Mexico think that granting legal status to illegal immigrants …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama to avoid the rabble on S.F. visit  —  The White House's fear of protests from Code Pink and other left-wingers has put the brakes on President Obama making any public appearances during his visit to San Francisco this week.  —  Obama is scheduled to parachute into Liberalville …
 
 
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Muslim parents win battle with runaway teen
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Sean Hannity on Nobel Peace Prize: 'Frankly, I would've given it to George Bush.'
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The Corner on National Review Online:
A Focus on Jobs — By: NRO Staff
Andy Sher / Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Bredesen warns cost to state could exceed $3 billion
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Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
Congressional Budget Chief Says Climate Bill Would Cost Jobs
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
More fundraising trouble for Dodd as Simmons outraises him
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Marist Poll:
10/14: President Obama's Approval Rating at 53%...Loses More …
Daily Mail:
American ‘abortion addict’ reveals she terminated 15 pregnancies in 17 years
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Conrad Black / National Review:
The Obama Fiasco  —  The whole Obama era to date has been wasted …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Israpundit