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11:05 AM ET, October 17, 2009

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Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Bailout Helps Fuel a New Era of Wall Street Wealth  —  Even as the economy continues to struggle, much of Wall Street is minting money — and looking forward again to hefty bonuses.  —  Many Americans wonder how this can possibly be.  How can some banks be prospering so soon after a financial collapse …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Lefty anger splits Dems — and may sink them  —  “Harry Reid abdicates his leadership role,” reads the headline at the lefty Daily Kos Web site.  “Why Joe Biden should resign,” reads the headline at the Huffington Post.  “Whiner in Chief,” reads the headline at The Nation, referring to President Obama.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Power Line
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.)
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA TELLS DEMS: 'I'M NOT TIRED; I'M JUST GETTING STARTED'. …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
The Race Card, Football and Me  —  My critics would have you believe no conservative meets NFL ‘standards.’  —  David Checketts, an investor and owner of sports teams, approached me in late May about investing in the St. Louis Rams football franchise.  As a football fan, I was intrigued.
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Stage Right / Big Hollywood:   NFL Owners Who Use the N-Word and Wet Their Pants On Stage
Washington Post:
Record-High Deficit May Dash Big Plans  —  $1.4 Trillion in Red Ink Means Less to Spend On Obama's Ambitious Jobs, Stimulus Policies  —  The federal budget deficit soared to a record $1.4 trillion in the fiscal year that ended in September, a chasm of red ink unequaled in the postwar era …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
$1.4 Trillion Deficit Complicates Stimulus Plans  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that the federal budget deficit for the fiscal year that just ended was $1.4 trillion, nearly a trillion dollars greater than the year before and the largest shortfall relative to the size of the economy since 1945.
Writeagain / CBS News:
Elder Bush Decries Lack of Civility in Politics  —  Posted by Peter Maer Former President George H.W. Bush told CBS News that President Obama “is entitled to civil treatment and intellectual honesty when it comes to critics.”  —  Referring to the tone of national discourse he said, “I don't like it.
Democracy Corps:
The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans  —  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.  These base Republican voters dislike Barack Obama …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Taking On the ‘Democrat-Media Complex’  —  The conservative Internet entrepreneur on bringing down Acorn, Hollywood liberals, and embarrassing the mainstream media.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Hollywood  —  Dressing up as a pimp and prostitute in order to seek Acorn's help in starting …
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pakistan Moves Troops Into Taliban Stronghold  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan moved large contingents of troops into the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan on Saturday, beginning a long-anticipated ground offensive against Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in treacherous terrain …
Discussion: Swampland
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 …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Caroline Glick / RealClearWorld:
How Turkey Was Lost to the West  —  Once the apotheosis of a pro-Western, dependable Muslim democracy, this week Turkey officially left the Western alliance and became a full member of the Iranian axis.  —  It isn't that Ankara's behavior changed fundamentally in recent days.
Discussion: Power Line
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The Secret New York Minute: Trains Late by Design  —  For a commuter rushing to catch a train, a minute can mean the difference between dinner with the family and leftovers in the microwave.  —  What most passengers do not realize is that their minute is already there.
Robert Quigley / Mediaite:
Oy!  Noam Chomsky Compares Right-Wing Media To “Nazis”  —  Add Noam Chomsky to the growing list of people using the Nazi analogy lately.  Speaking to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, he alluded to right-wing media as “substantive content — crazy content, but it does give answers,” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
J Street: “We are winning”  —  The debate in Washington over the Jewish-American role in U.S.-Israel policy is at a fever pitch, as the new and controversial organization called J Street is reeling from the loss of support of several members of Congress who have backed away from the group under pressure from its detractors.
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Obama Drops Plan to Isolate Sudan Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has formulated a new policy for Sudan that proposes working with that country's government, rather than isolating it as President Obama had pledged to do during his campaign.
Discussion: The Hill
Ezra Klein:
The Shoddy Statistics of Super Freakonomics  —  Super Freakonomics is getting a lot of flak for its flip contrarianism on climate change, most of which seems based on incorrectly believing solar panels are black (they're blue, and this has surprisingly large energy implications) and misquoting important climate scientists.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Journalistic Malpractice From Leavitt and Dubner
 
 
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New Book “SuperFreakonomics” Mischaracterizes Climate Science
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The Hill:
Congressional leaders signaling move to repeal 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy
Discussion: Shakesville
Jim Barnes / Hotline On Call:
Paybacks In Obama World Can Be Sweet
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 Earlier Items: 
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Maddow Calls Out Americans for Prosperity President: 'Parasite …
CNN:
‘You lie’ equals $4.4 million cash haul
Discussion: CBS News, Capitol Briefing and TPMDC
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
53 Republicans Seek Ouster of Obama Schools Official
Bloomberg:
Ted Turner Passed Cash ‘Like a Joint,’ Now Feels ‘Like a Dummy’
Discussion: The Swamp and Clusterstock
Daily Mail:
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