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8:05 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 …
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
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Okay, Prove You Didn't Say It! — By: Mark Steyn
Agence France Presse:
US talk show host Limbaugh to be dropped from bid group, report
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 …
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.
Andy Sher / Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Bredesen warns cost to state could exceed $3 billion
Discussion: Weekly Standard and AmSpecBlog
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Nelson: 'I Don't Know' If I Could Support A Health Care Bill Without Snowe
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.
Kyle Trygstad / Real Clear Politics:
PA Sen Poll: ‘Staggering’ Specter Numbers
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 …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:   CNN's Castellanos' firm is ad buyer for AHIP's anti-health care ad blitz
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 …
Fox News:
Tentative Inspection Program Would Allow Russia to Visit U.S. Nuclear Sites  —  The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.  —
Darya Korsunskaya / Reuters:
Russia's Putin warns against intimidating Iran
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 …
Megan McArdle:   Democrats Try to Hit the Insurance Industry Where it Hurts
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 …
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.
‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ for Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: New York Post, Tammy Bruce and Hot Air
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) …
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Marist Poll:
10/14: President Obama's Approval Rating at 53%...Loses More Ground Among Independents  —  President Barack Obama maintains the support of a majority of registered voters nationwide.  However, he continues to slide in the eyes of Independent voters.  Currently, 53% of voters approve of the job …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
Jenna Greene / The BLT:
FTC Reassures Bloggers - Big Brother Isn't Watching  —  Bloggers of the world, relax - the Federal Trade Commission is not out to get you.  That was the message from Mary Engle, associate director for advertising practices at the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Report: UN concluded Zelaya removal legal; Update: UN says was just a consultant opinion  —  The Obama administration has insisted that the removal of Manuel Zelaya from office violated Honduran and international law and amounts to a military coup.  According to one report this morning …
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 …
Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
Congressional Budget Chief Says Climate Bill Would Cost Jobs  —  WASHINGTON — The head of the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday countered Obama administration claims that a landmark climate bill would be a boost to the economy.  —  President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats championing …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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The Corner on National Review Online:
A Focus on Jobs — By: NRO Staff
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WSJ takes top spot among daily papers; staff toast at 5 pm UPDATE
Discussion: New York Magazine
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Reid's Office Pushes Back, Says Lefty Campaign Against Him Is Non-Starter
Alex Massie / Spectator:
President David Petraeus?
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama's critical moment approaches
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
The Washington Post Has a Tenuous Grasp on Idea of ‘Incivility’
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
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Health Insurers Emerge as Obama's Top Foe in Reform Effort