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5:25 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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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?
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
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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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.
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 …
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Douglas Holtz-Eakin / Wall Street Journal:
The Baucus Bill Is a Tax Bill
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 …
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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.
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Kyle Trygstad / Real Clear Politics:
PA Sen Poll: ‘Staggering’ Specter Numbers
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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Daniel W. Drezner:
So it turns out that Arab sheikhs understand the meaning of “chutzpah”
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann: Without ‘Fascistic Hatred,’ Malkin Is Just a ‘Mashed-Up Bag of Meat with Lipstick’  —  On Tuesday's Countdown show, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann spewed bile at conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, accusing her of possessing “fascistic hatred,” and comparing her to a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   The Washington Post Has a Tenuous Grasp on Idea of ‘Incivility’
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Clusterstock
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 on Capitol Hill.  —  Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus said the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) …
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.
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.
KATU-TV:
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Democrats Try to Hit the Insurance Industry Where it Hurts  —  Harry Reid is telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that the real reason health insurance is so expensive is that they're evil monopolists, and we need to repeal their anti-trust exemption:
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.”
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.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and D-Day
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Free exchange
PewResearch.org:
Daily Number: 15% - America's Health Care is ... Fairly Average  —  Only 15% of Americans believe that the U.S. has the best health care in the world.  Read more  —  THE TOP STORY INDEX  —  New Media Index  —  Celebrity Jeopardy: Polanski on Blogs  —  8 Oct 09 The Roman Polanski saga …
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.
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
The rumours of the dollar's death are much exaggerated  —  It is the season of dollar panic.  These panic-mongers are varied: gold bugs, fiscal hawks and many others agree that the dollar, the dominant currency since the first world war, is on its death bed.  Hyperinflationary collapse is in store.
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 …
Discussion: Bookworm Room and Michelle Malkin
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.”
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama's critical moment approaches  —  Plus: Letters from a tea party organizer, Palin defender, Obama critic, Polanski supporter, male soprano and more  —  I am amazed at the easy pass you still give the Obama administration.  You continue to excuse his blunders and misses as the result of a lack of experience and bad advisors.
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 …
 
 
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Jenna Greene / The BLT:
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Marist Poll:
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Daily Mail:
American ‘abortion addict’ reveals she terminated 15 pregnancies in 17 years
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
What Is Regulation?  —  The New York Times tries to spin …
Discussion: News Desk and Cafe Hayek
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
It's On: CBS News Investigates Letterman Scandal
Darya Korsunskaya / Reuters:
Russia's Putin warns against intimidating Iran
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Keating / New York Magazine:
The Right Calls Obama Hitler.  Why Aren't Jewish Groups Making More Noise?
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Bush memoirs to haunt GOP
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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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Curious Resignation Of Robert Wexler