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2:40 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
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 …
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.
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.
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.) …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Harry Reid abdicates his leadership role  —  Bill Frist never had 60 votes.  Bill Frist never cared.  Republicans ran the Senate as if they owned the place, even when enjoying razor-thin majorities.  —  Yet when Democrats took the chamber, the first thing Harry Reid did was complain …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Reid, Schumer huddle over Maddow appearance
Tony Romm / The Hill:
RNC hits Reid for Biden visit
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Hill
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 for some period of time.
Eliot Spitzer / Slate:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce must be stopped.  Here's how to do it.  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce—the self-proclaimed voice of business in Washington—has been wrong on virtually every major public-policy issue of the past decade: financial deregulation, tax and fiscal policy …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
CNN's Castellanos Problem: On-Air Contributor Revealed To Be Paid …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Public Option Is Next Big Hurdle in Health Debate  —  WASHINGTON — As the White House and Congressional leaders turned in earnest on Wednesday to working out big differences in the five health care bills, perhaps no issue loomed as a greater obstacle than whether to establish a government-run competitor to the insurance industry.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Pelosi Believes She Has Votes for Robust Public Option*
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Bribing the Seniors.  —  Looks like the administration is going to use $13 billion to give seniors year-end bonuses, since they won't be receiving a Social Security cost-of-living increase this year.  (That's mainly because we're not experiencing any inflation right, in fact, we're almost on the line of deflation.)
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 …
Pat G. / Think Progress:
Fox News adopts the GOP mantra: ‘Where are the jobs?’
Discussion: News Hounds and The Greenroom
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
‘Dead’ al Qaeda terrorist surfaces for media  —  Doubts raised on drone tactics  —  A key al Qaeda military planner thought dead by the United States and Pakistan gave an interview this week to a Pakistani reporter, illustrating the uncertainties of a military strategy based on air strikes by unmanned drones.
The Politico:
Maverick fallout: GOP won't retaliate  —  Mitch McConnell and his deputies in the Senate Republican leadership are responding very cautiously to Olympia Snowe's decision to become the first GOP vote for a Democratic health care reform bill.  —  That's about all they can do.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Third-party pooper: GOP's N.J. dilemma  —  The surging campaign of third-party candidate Chris Daggett has turned the New Jersey governor's race into a dead-heat and left Republicans divided over the seriousness of the threat he poses to GOP nominee Chris Christie.
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 …
Craig Shirley / The Politico:
New book pins ‘debategate’ on Dem  —  In the annals of Washington scandals, “debategate” in 1983 may have set some sort of record for flare followed by fizzle.  It looked to some reporters, for a brief moment, like it could topple a CIA director, a White House chief of staff and maybe even a president.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Agitator Not Named Palin  —  BUFFALO, Minn. — Representative Michele Bachmann will appear in the 2010 calendar of “Great American Conservative Women” (she will be November).  Her likeness has been transformed into an action figure.  And, so far in 2009, she has been interviewed …
Publius / Big Government:
ACORN Scandal Immortalized on ‘South Park’  —  ***VIDEO FIXED!!!  Watch the full episode here.  ACORN segment begins after the last commercial.  —  The ACORN scandal was immortalized tonight on “South Park.”  The plot of the season 13 episode “Butters' Bottom Bitch” is that Butters …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Shadegg: 'We're getting full on Russian gulag, Soviet-style gulag healthcare.'  —  Yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) ranted against health reform.  While his colleagues have used inflammatory rhetoric to denigrate various health proposals …
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.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Cap-and-Trade Climate Bill Would Slow U.S. Economy, CBO Head Says  —  A House-passed bill that targets climate change through a cap-and-trade system of pollution credits would slow the nation's economic growth slightly over the next few decades and would create “significant” …
Bill Cotterell / Florida Capital News:
Poll: Crist approval rating dips below 50  —  A new poll out Wednesday indicates that Gov. Charlie Crist's statewide popularity has dipped below the halfway mark for the first time.  —  The survey of 523 registered voters by InsiderAdvantage indicated that Crist still has positive numbers across Florida …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
New Ambassador Needed  —  There's a curious, fairly outrageous, brouhaha going on in the American Jewish community and particularly in the American Jewish community's relationship with the current Israeli government.  You may or may not have heard of J Street, a new pro-peace Zionist lobby …
Discussion: The Nation, Jerusalem Post and TPMCafe
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Ari Melber / The Huffington Post:
A.P. Asks if Obama is “obnoxiously articulate”
Tom Brokaw / Washington Post:
How Obama Can Share His Peace Prize
Boston Globe:
Former diplomat denies oil dealings influenced views
Robert A. Pape / New York Times:
To Beat the Taliban, Fight From Afar
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Daily Dish
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Key House committee passes legislation to regulate derivatives
Divorce Rate Triple for U.S. Female Soldiers, Report Finds
Discussion: TPMCafe
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Flake apologizes for ‘pansy’ remark
Discussion: Wonkette
SWJ Blog:
An Interview with Peter Godwin
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
President Obama's Crucial Afghanistan Decision
Discussion: Marc Lynch and Commentary