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9:45 AM ET, October 16, 2009

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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX News vs. White House: Round three  —  In Glenn Beck's pursuit of every member of the Obama administration who ever hung a Che Guevera poster on his college dorm wall, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has become a new target for.... Well, for criticizing FOX News.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Fox-bashing WH mouthpiece names Chairman Mao as her favorite philosopher
Chuck Raasch / USA Today:
Keeping the Fox out of the White House
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   White House fills key slot on 'Don't Ask'
Associated Press:
Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.  —  HAMMOND, La. — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.  —  Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, The Reaction and MyDD
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Mary Foster / The Huffington Post:
Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.
CNN:
Sky-high drama ends in the family attic  —  (CNN) — After scouring northern Colorado by foot and air, frantically chasing a Mylar balloon for miles and repeatedly interviewing his big brother, authorities ended the search for 6-year-old Falcon Heene where it began — at his house.  —  He was in a box.
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msnbc.com:
Runaway balloon chase: Boy found at home
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Jake Brooks / NY Daily News:
Meghan McCain twitter photo backlash leads to apology  —  Republican firebrand Meghan McCain's skimpy pajamas have her conservative followers all atwitter, forcing the daughter of failed 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain to apologize for posting a racy photo of her décolletage.
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Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Internet All A-Twitter Over Meghan McCain Photo
The Politico:
Exclusive: W.H. helped create corporate-backed health care campaign  —  At a meeting last April with corporate lobbyists, aides to President Barack Obama and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) helped set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, primarily financed by industry groups …
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Al From / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Don't Need the Public Option  —  Transformational reforms have always passed with bipartisan majorities.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Now that the Senate Finance Committee has voted for a health-care bill that does not include a government-run plan, it would be a mistake …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CBS News:
Do Dems Still Need 60 Senate Votes for Health Care?
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
Connie Hair / Human Events:
BREAKING: Dems Go Nuclear on Obamacare  —  House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) held a hearing this morning to certify that H.R. 3200 — the main House Obamacare bill which was the subject of all the town hall rage in August — has met all requirements to pass as a “budget reconciliation” measure.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Obama Criticized as Too Cautious, Slow on Judicial Posts  —  President Obama has not made significant progress in his plan to infuse federal courts with a new cadre of judges, and liberal activists are beginning to blame his administration for moving too tentatively on what they consider a key priority.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
No Nobel Results From Obama Foreign Policy  —  About the only thing more comical than Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was the reaction of those who deemed the award “premature,” as if the brilliance of Obama's foreign policy is so self-evident and its success so assured that if only the Norway Five …
Wall Street Journal:
Czar Blocks BofA Chief's Pay  —  Lewis to Return $1 Million as U.S. Objects to Retirement Deal; Feinberg Flexes Muscle  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department's pay czar pushed outgoing Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth D. Lewis into giving back $1 million he received …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi Comes Out Swinging For The Public Option  —  Speaking at her weekly press conference just off the House floor moments ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her most impassioned argument in weeks, for including a public option in comprehensive health care reform legislation, arguing against the idea …
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Pelosi Joins Fellow Democrats in Tough Talk for Health Insurers
Discussion: GayPatriot and EconLog
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
$400 per gallon gas to drive debate over cost of war in Afghanistan  —  The Pentagon pays an average of $400 to put a gallon of fuel into a combat vehicle or aircraft in Afghanistan.  —  The statistic is likely to play into the escalating debate in Congress over the cost of a war that entered its ninth year last week.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lori Montgomery / Capitol Briefing:
CBO Estimates House Health Bill at $905B or Less  —  Congressional budget analysts have given House leaders cost estimates for two competing versions of their plan to overhaul the health-care system, concluding that one comes within striking distance of the $900 billion limit set by President Obama and the other falls below it.
CNN:
Michigan Dem responds to GOP charges about Muslim interns  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers is blasting charges by a group of Republican lawmakers that a Muslim activist group has planted interns on Capitol Hill in an effort to alter national security legislation.
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMMuckraker
New York Times:
Poll Finds Little Faith in New Jersey's Candidates  —  In New Jersey, one of only two states with governor's races this year, voters are gloomy about the future, upset about their own circumstances and deeply unsettled by the economy.  —  Still, they remain broadly supportive of President Obama …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Leading Blue Dog suggests opening Medicare to uninsured  —  First he was for it.  Then he was against it.  Now Rep. Mike Ross is back on board with a government-run healthcare plan.  Sort of.  —  Ross (D-Ark.), who had emerged as a leader among centrist Blue Dog Democrats opposing …
 
 
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Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Regional inequities in health care reform
Discussion: The Greenroom
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Cries AGAIN On Air, Pining For A Simpler Time In America (VIDEO)
Discussion: Politics Daily and Townhall.com
WCBS-TV:
Mid-October Snow Shocks Tri-Staters
Discussion: Redhot
Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
Liberals, Lay Off Obama
Washington Wire:
Harry Potter Alliance Asks Maine Muggles to Oppose Gay Marriage Repeal
Discussion: Good As You
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