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8:25 AM ET, October 16, 2009

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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.
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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: Pundit & Pundette
Chuck Raasch / USA Today:
Keeping the Fox out of the White House
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   White House fills key slot on 'Don't Ask'
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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msnbc.com:
Runaway balloon chase: Boy found at home
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
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.
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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
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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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 …
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 …
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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Fox News:
House Panel Paves Way for ‘Nuclear Option’ in Health Care Reform Bill
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
W.H.'s unlikely union with health lobby
Discussion: The Page
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
HuffPo, Rick Sanchez retract phony Limbaugh quotes  —  No harm in admitting the lie now that his NFL bid's dead.  First, via the Standard, comes this belated HuffPo postscript to a post that's three years old: … And now here's Sanchez, kinda sorta apologizing — on Twitter …
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Bob Glauber / Newsday:
Glauber's NFL Hot Reads
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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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Pelosi Joins Fellow Democrats in Tough Talk for Health Insurers
Discussion: GayPatriot and EconLog
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
No Nobel Results From Obama Foreign Policy  —  About the only thing more comical than Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was the reaction of those who deemed the award “premature,” as if the brilliance of Obama's foreign policy is so self-evident and its success so assured that if only the Norway Five …
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
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 …
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 …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama Criticized as Too Cautious, Slow on Judicial Posts  —  President Obama has not made significant progress in his plan to infuse federal courts with a new cadre of judges, and liberal activists are beginning to blame his administration for moving too tentatively on what they consider a key priority.
Discussion: Emptywheel and New York Magazine
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
$400 per gallon gas to drive debate over cost of war in Afghanistan  —  The Pentagon pays an average of $400 to put a gallon of fuel into a combat vehicle or aircraft in Afghanistan.  —  The statistic is likely to play into the escalating debate in Congress over the cost of a war that entered its ninth year last week.
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 …
 
 
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Lori Montgomery / Capitol Briefing:
CBO Estimates House Health Bill at $905B or Less
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WCBS-TV:
Mid-October Snow Shocks Tri-Staters
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Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
Liberals, Lay Off Obama
Washington Wire:
Harry Potter Alliance Asks Maine Muggles to Oppose Gay Marriage Repeal
Discussion: Good As You
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
POTUS's crowd boos governor
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Joseph Nasr / Reuters:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and The Daily Dish
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
LEAKED NETWORK MEMO REVEALS: Obama Controls Your Television Set