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12:10 PM ET, October 15, 2009


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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 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 …
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  —  Harry and Chuck had a little chat today...  Senate Democrats are still buzzing over comments by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) that some interpreted as an attempt to publicly pressure Majority Leader Harry Reid into staking out a firmer position in support of the public option.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
RNC hits Reid for Biden visit
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Hill
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
So Much for the Post-Racial America — By: Andy McCarthy  —  I'm hunkered down on some projects and just heard about the phony attacks on Rush by the race-hustlers extraordinaire, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.  I know Rush has big shoulders and he'll handle it just fine.
Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Sources: Checketts to drop Limbaugh
RPT-Limbaugh dropped from group bidding for St Louis Rams
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
Agence France Presse:
Majority of Nobel jury ‘objected to Obama prize’
Discussion: POWIP and Gateway Pundit
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.
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Gunmen, Bombers Hit 5 Sites in Pakistan; 38 Die  —  Pakistan came under a deadly, staccato series of attacks Thursday that left at least 38 people dead and raised questions about the ability of the nation's security and intelligence agencies to thwart a rising Islamist insurgency.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Health Care for All?  Not Exactly  —  In late January 2007, fledgling presidential contender Barack Obama made an unequivocal pledge to redeem the dream that had animated Democrats since the days of Harry Truman.  Speaking at a Washington conference organized by the liberal advocacy group Families USA …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Why Joe Biden Should Resign  —  Joe Biden met with CENTCOM chief Gen. David Petraeus this morning to talk about Afghanistan — an issue that has pushed the vice president into the spotlight, landing him on the cover of the latest Newsweek.  —  I have an idea for how he can capitalize on all the attention …
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 …
Greg Gutfeld / Big Hollywood:
Daily Gut: Why the White House Hates Fox News
Discussion: Moe Lane
New York Times:
Goldman Earns $3.19 Billion in Quarter  —  Just a year after surviving the financial crisis with billions in federal aid, the banking giant Goldman Sachs reported results Thursday that topped expectations.  —  Goldman said that it earned $3.19 billion in the third quarter …
Discussion: TalkLeft and DealBook
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
GOP senator's protest grinds Senate to a halt  —  Oklahoma's Coburn tries a filibuster after pet idea dropped from bill  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate ground to a halt Wednesday in a display of what an individual senator can do to protest his treatment by some of Capitol Hill's most powerful barons.
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.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Primary  —  2010 Pennsylvania Democratic Primary: Specter 46%, Sestak 42%  —  So much for Arlen Specter's party switch to avoid a risky primary.  The incumbent Pennsylvania senator's 2010 Democratic Primary race against challenger Joe Sestak is now a toss-up.
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
Discussion: TBogg and Osborne Ink
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Flake apologizes for ‘pansy’ remark
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An Interview with Peter Godwin
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Cap-and-Trade Climate Bill Would Slow U.S. Economy, CBO Head Says
Discussion: Sweetness & Light, Grist and RedState
Bill Cotterell / Florida Capital News:
Poll: Crist approval rating dips below 50
Wall Street Journal:
Acorn's Ally at the NLRB
Discussion: Big Government
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Man accused of ‘Joe the Plumber’ snooping
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
House Republicans may face a ‘civil war’ over Scozzafava bid
Discussion: Erick's blog
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
President Obama's Crucial Afghanistan Decision
Discussion: Commentary