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10:10 PM ET, October 16, 2009

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Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy  —  PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — The rise of conservative “tea party” activists around the country has created a dilemma for Republicans.  They are breathing life into the party's quest to regain power.  But they're also waging war …
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
On Newt Gingrich's Endorsement  —  A lot of people have called me and emailed me to say that the original post that was here was too rough on former Speaker Gingrich.  I'll concede that this could be the case and replace the text with this instead.  —  For several weeks conservative leaders …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Scozzafava to Switch Parties? (Updated)
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Gingrich Steps Up For GOP in Special Election
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Politics Daily
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC wades into New York special election
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
White House Says No to Antigay Referenda  —  In response to an inquiry from The Advocate, the White House sent the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's position on same-sex relationship recognition voter referenda in Maine and Washington.  —  “The President has long opposed divisive …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
White House Vs. Fox: Chairman Mao  —  The war of words between the White House and Fox News is intensifying — and getting personal.  —  Glenn Beck, the outspoken Fox commentator, has unearthed a video showing Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, giving a speech in June …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama to conservatives: Grab a mop and help me clean up your mess  —  The good news: The “socialist mop” line made me laugh.  The bad news: He'll be telling us it's our mess that he's cleaning up until, oh, 2015 or so at the earliest.  How he's planning to blame the stimulus waste …
Discussion: RedState and Gateway Pundit
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WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT DNC FUNDRAISING RECEPTION  —  THE PRESIDENT: Nancy Pelosi!  Hello, San Francisco!  (Applause.)  Hey!  How are you?  Hello.  It's good to see all of you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Just a couple of quick special thank yous.  I love all of you.  (Applause.)
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Lefty anger splits Dems — and may sink them
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA TELLS DEMS: 'I'M NOT TIRED; I'M JUST GETTING STARTED'. …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Stage Right / Big Hollywood:
NFL Owners Who Use the N-Word and Wet Their Pants On Stage  —  And now a word from an NFL owner: … Amidst the uproar over Rush Limbaugh having to step aside from his participation in the bid to purchase the NFL's St. Louis Rams over racially insensitive statements he never actually made …
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gqrr.com:
The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans  —  Democracy Corps  —  Research Categories … Executive Summary  —  The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps.
Mary E. O'Leary / New Haven Register:
Lieberman says he would vote to let health care reform motion proceed  —  U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., whose vote could be crucial to breaking an expected GOP filibuster on health care legislation, Thursday said he would consider voting to move the bill forward …
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Sen. Harkin: Three ways to public option
The Lede:
Interview Sets Off Skeptics of Balloon Drama  —  Updated |  10:45 a.m. It was, apparently, a heartwarming tale — the 6-year-old Colorado boy who was reportedly carried aloft in a wayward helium balloon on Thursday, only to turn up several hours later after a frantic, widely televised search.
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Fox News Reportedly Fires Liberal Analyst Marc Lamont Hill  —  Yesterday, Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid announced that at today's annual News Corp. meeting, he would urge Chairman Rupert Murdoch to fire Fox News analyst Marc Lamont Hill, whom he called a “left-wing cop-killer apologist.”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
John Edwards, Sarah Palin Both See Favorable Ratings Slide  —  Edwards' popularity down 27 points since January 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former presidential and vice presidential candidate John Edwards, embroiled in personal scandal, is rated favorably by 21% of Americans and unfavorably by 59%.
Bloomberg:
Ted Turner Passed Cash ‘Like a Joint,’ Now Feels ‘Like a Dummy’  —  Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) — Ted Turner, the cable television pioneer who became one of the richest Americans, recalls the pain of losing his job at Time Warner Inc., his wife, the actress Jane Fonda, and $7 billion of his fortune.
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Swamp
Washington Post:
An Unconstitutional Nobel  —  People can, and undoubtedly will, argue for some time about whether President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.  Meanwhile, though, there's a simpler and more immediate question: Does the Constitution allow him to accept the award?
The Hill:
Congressional leaders signaling move to repeal 'Don't ask, don't tell'  —  Congress could move early next year to repeal the “Don't ask, don't tell” policy on gays serving in the military.  —  The move would play to the liberal base of President Barack Obama's administration …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and Shakesville
Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. Is Still Cagey About Oswald Mystery  —  WASHINGTON — Is the Central Intelligence Agency covering up some dark secret about the assassination of John F. Kennedy?  —  Probably not.  But you would not know it from the C.I.A.'s behavior.  —  For six years, the agency has fought …
Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Barney Frank, Predatory Lender  —  Almost two-thirds of all bad mortgages in our financial system were bought by government agencies or required by government regulations.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Recent reports that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will suffer default rates …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama team makes it official: Budget deficit hits record.  By a lot.  —  The Obama administration has released new deficit numbers, and they are not pretty.  —  The deficit for Fiscal Year 2009, which ended Sept. 30, came in at a record $1.42 trillion, more than triple the record set just last year.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Another Goldman executive named to key government post as its profits skyrocket  —  (updated below)  —  Apparently, the U.S. government didn't have enough Goldman Sachs executives in key financial and regulatory positions, so the following happened this week:
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Romney spends cash to raise cash  —  Mitt Romney's political group last month stepped up its fundraising operation, spending more than $40,000 building its donor rolls by renting and buying lists, sending out direct mail and hiring a phone bank.  —  The donor list would be a valuable political asset …
Discussion: GOP 12
Jim Barnes / Hotline On Call:
Paybacks In Obama World Can Be Sweet  —  It's not often that a plum ambassadorship goes to someone who isn't a career foreign service officer or a big bucks campaign contributor, but Pres. Obama has nominated Anne Slaughter Andrew to be the ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica.  —  Hmmm.
Discussion: The BLT and Political Punch
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Maddow Calls Out Americans for Prosperity President: ‘Parasite Who Gets Fat On Americans’ Fears'  —  In May, the Wonk Room first reported on the sordid history of Republican operative Tim Phillips — who now heads the front group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) — with respect to his long history …
ucsusa.org:
New Book “SuperFreakonomics” Mischaracterizes Climate Science  —  A follow-up to the bestselling book “Freakonomics” features a chapter that grossly mischaracterizes climate science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.  —  The new book, “SuperFreakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Grist and Think Progress
 
 
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CNN:
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
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