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4:25 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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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 …
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:
Bob Glauber / Newsday:
Glauber's NFL Hot Reads
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.
Tom Brokaw / Washington Post:
How Obama Can Share His Peace Prize
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Reid, Schumer huddle over Maddow appearance
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 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
CNN:
Colorado boy floats away in balloon  —  (CNN) — A runaway balloon has touched down in Colorado after a 6-year-old boy untied it from his family home in Fort Collins.  —  The boy was not inside the helium aircraft when it landed, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.  —  A sibling saw the boy get into the craft Thursday morning.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Breitbart.tv:
DEVELOPING: REPORT SAYS NO BOY INSIDE OUT-OF-CONTROL BALLOON  —  AP: A 6-year-old boy climbed into a hot-air balloon aircraft and floated away Thursday, forcing officials to scramble to figure out how to rescue the boy.  —  Larimer County sheriff's spokeswoman Eloise Campanella says the device …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Michelle Malkin
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi Comes Out Swinging For The Public Option
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
CNN's Castellanos Problem: On-Air Contributor Revealed To Be Paid …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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.
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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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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   Rep. Mike Castle Evacuated from J Street
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
New Ambassador Needed  —  There's a curious, fairly outrageous …
Discussion: The Nation, Jerusalem Post and TPMCafe
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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Leading Blue Dog suggests opening Medicare to all  —  Blue Dog Rep. Mike Ross, who made headlines by rejecting a compromise he'd negotiated on a public health insurance option, has suggested to Democratic leaders that the government-run Medicare program be opened to all Americans.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TalkLeft
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
House Republicans may face a ‘civil war’ over Scozzafava bid  —  The House GOP conference is bitterly divided over a centrist New York Republican's run for the House seat vacated by Army Secretary John McHugh.  —  Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who backs abortion rights and has voiced support …
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 …
Shaun Waterman / Washington Times:
U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects  —  Study finds $2.6 billion taken from guns and ammunition  —  Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
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 …
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, Jindal: Mutual admiration society
Discussion: The Politico
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Bush Preemptive Strike Doctrine Under Review, May Be Discarded
Discussion: The Swamp and Weasel Zippers
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
LEAKED NETWORK MEMO REVEALS: Obama Controls Your Television Set
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Les Christie / CNNMoney.com:
Foreclosures: ‘Worst three months of all time’
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Gateway Pundit:
More Than 85 Days After Public Beating Of Ken Gladney Charges Still …
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Bill Cotterell / Florida Capital News:
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