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7:25 PM ET, October 15, 2009

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Tsquare / tsquare's blog:
Tonight... We Are All Rush Limbaugh  —  Earlier this evening, as most of you now know, one of our own, Rush Hudson Limbaugh, while taking withering fire, crashed and burned.  —  Tonight, Rush is no longer ‘just’ a radio personality.  —  Tonight, Rush is no longer ‘just’ a NFL owner denied
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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:
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Confusion in Dittoland As Limbaugh Loses Bid.  —  National Review is the center of grief and mourning for Rush Limbaugh's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams.  Andy McCarthy, in a dispatch from what I have to assume is another planet, said that Limbaugh treats people “in the Martin Luther King aspiration …
Bob Glauber / Newsday:
Glauber's NFL Hot Reads
CNN:
Boy, 6, found hiding in attic after balloon drama  —  (CNN) — The 6-year-old Colorado boy who is believed to have set adrift a helium balloon Thursday, prompting ground and air searches, has been found alive, authorities said.  —  Falcon Heene was found in a box in the attic …
Discussion: Political Byline
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TheDenverChannel.com:
6-Year-Old Boy Missing After Floating Away In Balloon  —  FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A 6-year-old boy is missing after floating over northeastern Colorado in a homebuilt balloon and touched down about 2 hours after lifting off.  —  The balloon touched down about 2 miles east of Prospect Reservoir at 1:35 p.m., but the boy was not inside.
Breitbart.tv:
‘BALLOON BOY’ FOUND ALIVE - WAS NEVER INSIDE BALLOON  —  KDVR: During a news conference at 4 p.m., Larimer County authorities announced that Heene was alive and well.  He had apparently been hiding inside a cardboard box in the attic of the family's garage.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Now More Popular Than Barack Obama  —  Secretary of state viewed favorably by 62% of Americans, president by 56%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama, but in one respect she now ranks ahead of Obama.
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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.
Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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: The Hill, Hullabaloo and MyDD
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ORRIN HATCH STARTS TO CRACK.... MoveOn.org organized a protest at Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) Salt Lake City office recently, objecting to the conservative senator's positions on health care policy and financing from the insurance industry.  Andrea Mitchell asked Hatch about the protest during an MSNBC interview today.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and TalkLeft
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN Admits That On-Air Commentator Has Ties To Insurance Industry, Promises Full Disclosure  —  Looks like the insurance industry has another PR mess on its hands.  —  CNN has acknowledged in a statement to me that a high-profile Republican commentator who frequently discusses health care …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Public Option Is Next Big Hurdle in Health Debate
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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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Rep. Mike Castle Evacuated from J Street
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
POTUS's crowd boos governor … No comments yet.  Be the first!
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, Jindal: Mutual admiration society
Discussion: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Vitter: Reid wants illegals counted in Census  —  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who is sponsoring an amendment to an appropriations bill that would require illegal immigrants list their status on next year's Census, said late Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Baucus: ‘Every Democrat’ will support Senate health bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TPMDC and The Page
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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Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
When Your Neighbor Loses His Job It's A Recession.  When You Screw A Whore Behind Your Wife's Back, Get Caught, And Lose Your Job, It's A Catastrophic Economic Meltdown  —  Disgraced criminal Eliot Spitzer has for reasons unknown been occupying a columnist spot at Slate.com for some period of time.
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 …
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 …
Tom Coghlan / Times of London:
French troops were killed after Italy hushed up ‘bribes’ to Taleban  —  When ten French soldiers were killed last year in an ambush by Afghan insurgents in what had seemed a relatively peaceful area, the French public were horrified.  —  Their revulsion increased with the news …
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
Ari Melber / The Huffington Post:
A.P. Asks if Obama is “obnoxiously articulate”  —  Political reporters have now toggled from worrying that Obama gets “too much” media coverage to asking whether he is “too” good at communicating through the media.  Maybe even obnoxiously good.  Maybe even — here comes that loaded word from the primaries — too articulate.
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Profile of Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director  —  Interim Media Strategist Leads Salvo Against Fox  —  Earlier this week, Anita Dunn inserted two words into the conservative electronic echo chamber: Anita Dunn.  —  With her CNN appearance on Sunday attacking Fox News as …
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 …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
News Hounds:
Cavuto Asks If This “Is Now The Bush Recovery”  —  Guest blogged by Brian  —  The opening segment of yesterday's Your World (10/15/09) focused on the Dow reaching 10,000.  Neil Cavuto asked, “What was once the Bush recession is now the Bush recovery?  Or is it a bit of a stretch?
 
 
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