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12:20 AM ET, October 16, 2009

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CNN:
Sky-high drama ends in the family attic  —  (CNN) — After scouring northern Colorado by foot and air, frantically chasing a Mylar balloon for miles and repeatedly interviewing his big brother, authorities ended the search for 6-year-old Falcon Heene where it began — at his house.  —  He was in a box.
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Fox News:
Fox News Poll: 43 Percent Would Vote To Re-Elect President Obama  —  If the election were held today, 43 percent of American voters would back Barack Obama for president, according to a new Fox News poll.  —  FOXNews.com  —  In what may be the ultimate job rating, 43 percent of voters …
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Agence France Presse:
Majority of Nobel jury ‘objected to Obama prize’  —  OSLO — Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had objections to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to US President Barack Obama, the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Thursday.
Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
Liberals, Lay Off Obama
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Now More Popular Than Barack Obama
Jake Brooks / NY Daily News:
Meghan McCain twitter photo backlash leads to apology  —  Republican firebrand Meghan McCain's skimpy pajamas have her conservative followers all atwitter, forcing the daughter of failed 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain to apologize for posting a racy photo of her décolletage.
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Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Internet All A-Twitter Over Meghan McCain Photo  —  Meghan McCain Apologizes for Revealing Photo on Twitter  —  Meghan McCain, blogger and daughter of former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, threatened to quit Twitter this week and then apologized to her nearly 60,000 followers …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Meghan McCain Twitter Photo Sparks Controversy  —  Meghan McCain, a Daily Beast columnist and daughter of Sen. John McCain, apologized late Wednesday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter that stirred up some criticism and plenty of retweets. … The photo shows Ms. McCain in a tanktop …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX News vs. White House: Round three  —  In Glenn Beck's pursuit of every member of the Obama administration who ever hung a Che Guevera poster on his college dorm wall, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has become a new target for.... Well, for criticizing FOX News.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Fox-bashing WH mouthpiece names Chairman Mao as her favorite philosopher  —  Via Ace, a fun fact about Anita Dunn that oddly doesn't appear in WaPo's three-page profile of her today.  Don't bother pounding the table about firing her, though: She's already on her way out …
Michelle Malkin:
Anita Dunn: A corruptocrat flack and a Mao cheerleader  —  President Obama with Anita Dunn, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and Robert Gibbs (via White House Flickr stream)  —  Earlier this week, I spotlighted White House interim communications director and chief Fox-basher Anita Dunn's career-long commitment …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Associated Press:
Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.  —  HAMMOND, La. — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.  —  Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish …
Discussion: MyDD and Think Progress
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Mary Foster / The Huffington Post:
Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
HuffPo May Retract Libel of Limbaugh at 6:00pm; Will CNN's Sanchez Follow?  —  At the center of the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams are some apocryphal quotes attributed to the the king of talk radio.  On Monday, CNN's Rick Sanchez attributed this quote to Limbaugh:
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Bob Glauber / Newsday:
Glauber's NFL Hot Reads
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Hatch: MoveOn.Org Is Scurrilous — And I'm Going To Kick Them In The Teeth  —  On MSNBC this afternoon, Andrea Mitchell asked Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) about a MoveOn-organized protest outside his Salt Lake City office, where protesters criticized Hatch for allegedly being beholden …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Hill and MyDD
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ORRIN HATCH STARTS TO CRACK.... MoveOn.org organized a protest …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi Comes Out Swinging For The Public Option  —  Speaking at her weekly press conference just off the House floor moments ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her most impassioned argument in weeks, for including a public option in comprehensive health care reform legislation, arguing against the idea …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Leading Blue Dog suggests opening Medicare to uninsured  —  First he was for it.  Then he was against it.  Now Rep. Mike Ross is back on board with a government-run healthcare plan.  Sort of.  —  Ross (D-Ark.), who had emerged as a leader among centrist Blue Dog Democrats opposing …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
First hard stimulus data finds 30,000 jobs saved or created  —  The first direct stimulus reports showed that stimulus contracts saved or created just 30,083 jobs, prompting more Republican criticism of the $787 billion package.  —  The data posted Thursday was the result …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gillibrand, Schumer, drop out of J Street conference  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has asked to be removed from the host committee for a conference of the left-leaning Jewish group J Street and was “unaware” she had been included on the group's list of supporters, spokesman Matt Canter said.
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CBS News:
Do Dems Still Need 60 Senate Votes for Health Care?  —  Posted by Stephanie Condon Now that health care reform is moving to the floor of the Senate, Democratic leaders are parsing over the details of the bill, devising ways secure 60 votes for reform — starting today, however, they do not necessarily have to.
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Bloomberg:
Greenspan Says U.S. Should Consider Breaking Up Large Banks  —  Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators should consider breaking up large financial institutions considered “too big to fail,” former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said.  —  Those banks have an implicit subsidy allowing …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
POTUS's crowd boos governor … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Wall Street Journal:
Czar Blocks BofA Chief's Pay  —  Lewis to Return $1 Million as U.S. Objects to Retirement Deal; Feinberg Flexes Muscle  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department's pay czar pushed outgoing Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth D. Lewis into giving back $1 million he received …
Teflon / MoltenThought II:
Punt the NFL  —  Since Roger Goodell wants to bend over for Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the other bigots and race-baiters among the sportswriter community by shafting Rush Limbaugh, we ought to return the favor by punting the NFL this season.  —  I have cancelled my DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package (including the Supercast).
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
LEAKED NETWORK MEMO REVEALS: Obama Controls Your Television Set  —  On September 10th of this year the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) posted a press release informing the world that “from October 19-25, more than 60 network TV shows [will] spotlight the power and personal benefits of service …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Gawker and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House fills key slot on 'Don't Ask'  —  The White House, I'm told, will today announce that it's filling the key Pentagon slot for the implementation — or repeal — of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” which bars open gays and lesbians from serving in the military.
 
 
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