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3:15 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.
State-Run Media Scum Smear Rush Using Fabricated Quotes  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Folks, also, I don't know what to do today.  I really don't know what to do.  The audio sound bite roster is, again, 95% about me.  The reason for my indecision here is that — well, I've talked to you about this before.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
The Note:
Public Option with Opt-Out Clause Not a Silver Bullet for Snowe
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.
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
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.
Daniel W. Drezner:
So it turns out that Arab sheikhs understand the meaning of “chutzpah”
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   The Washington Post Has a Tenuous Grasp on Idea of ‘Incivility’
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.
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 …
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.
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Christie Vilsack: “I'm well-qualified” to run for US Senate  —  Christie Vilsack, Tom Vilsack (file photo)  —  Christie Vilsack, the wife of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, sounds as if she may be the “mystery candidate” the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party said was poised to run for the U.S. Senate.
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 …
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  —  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) …
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / Wall Street Journal:
The Baucus Bill Is a Tax Bill  —  Middle-class families would get hit with a double-digit increase in their marginal tax rate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Remember when health-care reform was supposed to make life better for the middle class?  That dream began to unravel this past summer …
Darya Korsunskaya / Reuters:
Russia's Putin warns against intimidating Iran  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned major powers on Wednesday against intimidating Iran and said talk of sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme was “premature”.
Discussion: Dean's World
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.
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.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
It's On: CBS News Investigates Letterman Scandal
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Rising: Strawn's Youth Movement in Iowa
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
The rumours of the dollar's death are much exaggerated
Haya El Nasser / USA Today:
Senators try to exclude illegal immigrants from 2010 Census
Jim Motavalli / New York Times:
Hybrid Cars May Include Fake Vroom for Safety
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
White House sending cavalry to Senate health meeting
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
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Pro-Obamacare Republicans in the pay of the health industry
Discussion: Hit & Run
Joe Nocera / Executive Suite:
Subprime and the Banks: Guilty as Charged