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2:10 PM ET, October 14, 2009


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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Okay, Prove You Didn't Say It!  — By: Mark Steyn  —  For some reason, Rush Limbaugh's mooted purchase of a sports franchise has prompted CNN and others to distribute far and wide what appear to be entirely fabricated racist quotes by Rush.  As Tim Blair points out: … Just so.  What's the theory here?
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.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
House Dem urges NFL not to let Limbaugh buy the St. Louis Rams  —  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Tuesday urged the National Football League (NFL) not to let conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh buy the St. Louis Rams.  —  Limbaugh, a former employee of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals …
Matthew Filipowicz / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh Reveals His St. Louis Rams Uniform Design
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and ACS Blog
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Health Insurers Emerge as Obama's Top Foe in Reform Effort  —  Now they have an enemy.  —  For months, President Obama and his administration waged their fight for a health-care overhaul without a clear opponent, even courting the industry executives and interest groups that helped kill reform efforts 15 years ago.
Jeffrey A. Anderson / New York Post:
The Senate reform fraud
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / Wall Street Journal:
The Baucus Bill Is a Tax Bill
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Schumer To Reid: The Fate Of The Public Option May Be In Your Hands  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) threw down the gauntlet on the public option for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last night.  Appearing on The Rachel Maddow Show, Schumer essentially put the fate of the public option …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Snowe: Public option could be dealbreaker
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Top Ten Things Worth Fighting For
The Note:
Public Option with Opt-Out Clause Not a Silver Bullet for Snowe
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Schumer Raises the Stakes: If Final Bill Has No Public Option, Blame Harry Reid
Sean Higgins / Investor's Business Daily:
Americans, In Reversal, Now Back Afghan Troop Surge  —  As President Obama mulls the military's request for a big troop build-up in Afghanistan, Americans have swung in favor of such a move, according to a new IBD/TIPP Poll.  —  The survey of 927 adults found that a plurality of 48% favors sending …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden No Longer a Lone Voice on Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — A few hours after getting off a plane from America's war zones, Joseph R. Biden Jr. slipped into a chair, shook off his jet lag and reflected on what he had seen.  The situation in Iraq, he said, was much improved.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Curious Resignation Of Robert Wexler  —  Today, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), a well-regarded young congressman with a good job and enough seniority to ensure that he is comfortable, will announce his resignation from the House of Representatives.  The reason: he intends to perform other work in a “public policy” capacity.
Discussion: JTA and Real Clear Politics
Beth Reinhard /
U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler to step down
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   The Washington Post Has a Tenuous Grasp on Idea of ‘Incivility’
New York Times:
Saudis Seek Payments for Any Drop in Oil Revenues  —  Saudi Arabia is trying to enlist other oil-producing countries to support a provocative idea: if wealthy countries reduce their oil consumption to combat global warming, they should pay compensation to oil producers.
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.
Joe Nocera / Executive Suite:
Subprime and the Banks: Guilty as Charged  —  “There has not been a case made that there is an enforcement problem with banks,” Edward Yingling, the head of the American Bankers Association, said last week.  “There is a problem with enforcement on nonbanks.”
Michael A. Cohen / The Politico:
Now who loves America more?  —  Twenty-five years ago, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick famously lambasted Democrats as “blame America firsters” and a party plagued by “self-criticism and self-denigration” of America.  It was a speech at pace with an emerging political stereotype …
Apartment residents told to take down U.S. flags  —  Residents of the Oaks Apartments in Albany have reportedly been told to take down their flags.  Even this one, on the back of a motorcycle, is part of the reported ban.  —  ALBANY, Ore. - At the Oaks Apartments in Albany …
Discussion: and Moonbattery
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Still on the Job, but at Half the Pay  —  MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — The dark blue captain's hat, with its golden oak-leaf clusters, sits atop a bookcase in Bryan Lawlor's home, out of reach of the children.  The uniform their father wears still displays the four stripes of a commercial airline captain, but the hat stays home.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House Republicans accuse Muslim group of trying to plant spies  —  Four House Republicans are accusing a Muslim advocacy group of trying to plant spies.  —  Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus say the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), tried to plant …
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.
Jim Motavalli / New York Times:
Hybrid Cars May Include Fake Vroom for Safety  —  For decades, automakers have been on a quest to make cars quieter: an auto that purrs, and glides almost silently in traffic.  —  They have finally succeeded.  Plug-in hybrid and electric cars, it turns out, not only reduce air pollution …
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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Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Afghan Lunacy  —  [This dispatch was written by me in December 2008 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
White House sending cavalry to Senate health meeting
Discussion: The Politico
Conrad Black / National Review:
The Obama Fiasco  —  The whole Obama era to date has been wasted …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Israpundit
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Clinton: I'd have hired Obama
Discussion: The Hill and marbury
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Feeling Strategically Reassured
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Pro-Obamacare Republicans in the pay of the health industry
Discussion: Hit & Run
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
In major flip, House Dems now represent richest regions
Discussion: The H2 and Politics Daily
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The war on Beck  —  Fox News has taken a relatively cautious …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Wizbang
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
A Historic Success In Military Recruiting