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6:15 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 …
Michelle Malkin:
An ACORN-Friendly, Big Labor-Backing, Tax-and-Spend Radical in GOP Clothing  —  Yes, it's time for the upside-down elephant.  The Stupid Party is at it again.  The subject of today's column: An abomination in the NY23 special congressional race to replace former GOP Rep. John McHugh …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Scozzafava to Switch Parties?
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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The Politico:
Exclusive: How Dems set stage for 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 …
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 …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Sen. Harkin: Three ways to public option
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Compromise is a Two-Way Street  —  Al From has one of these op-eds where you urge liberals to drop hopes for a public option in the interests of being pragmatic and passing health reform.  I sort of agree with this—reform is worth doing even without a public option.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Hatchet Job So Bad It's Good  —  In the past, the insurance industry's power has been a major barrier to health-care reform.  Most notably, the industry paid for the infamous “Harry and Louise” ads that helped kill the Clinton plan.  But times have changed.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Harkin: Final health care bill will have public option
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
Don't Call Me a Slut  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Hours after The Daily Beast's Meghan McCain posted a self-portrait on Twitter it made national news and she was a pariah.  But she says it's the media who are the real boobs.  —  On Wednesday I posted a hastily-taken self-portrait on Twitter …
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.)
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA TELLS DEMS: 'I'M NOT TIRED; I'M JUST GETTING STARTED'. …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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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%.
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 …
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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.”
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BREITBART.COM:
White House criticism of Fox increasing ratings: Murdoch
Discussion: The Swamp and JammieWearingFool
Daily Mail:
A strange, lonely and troubling death . . .  The news of Stephen Gately's death was deeply shocking.  It was not just that another young star had died pointlessly.  —  Through the recent travails and sad ends of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger and many others, fans know to expect the unexpected …
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Charlie Brooker / Guardian:   Dancing on Gately's grave. For money
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Reality Moment  —  That which can't continue doesn't.  A nation can spend and spend, pile debt upon debt, but eventually there comes a reality moment when some leader emerges to say enough is enough and when decent people, looking around at themselves and their own best nature, respond by demanding a return to responsibility.
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 …
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: The Swamp and Clusterstock
Juliet Fletcher / pressofAtlanticCity.com:
Christie's weight, Corzine's beard: Politics goes skin deep  —  By any standard, what David Rice said to Chris Christie took guts.  —  But Rice was glad afterward that he said it.  —  Ambling up to the Republican candidate for governor last week at an event in Monmouth Junction …
Discussion: TPMDC
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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 …
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 …
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Charlie Crist supporters worried  —  The most persistent rumor this week: Gov. Charlie Crist 44 percent Marco Rubio 30 percent in the race for U.S. Senate.  The poll allegedly is the Florida Chamber of Commerce's, but president Mark Wilson isn't calling us back.  —  Is it true?  We have no idea.
John / The City Square:
A Tea Party greets Obama in San Francisco  —  Even in San Francisco, Pres. Obama cannot escape protesters.  He held a fundraiser at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco tonight (Thursday) and a crowd turned out across the street on Union Square to let him know what they thought …
Rasmussen Reports:
GOP 2012: Huckabee 29% Romney 24% Palin 18%  —  Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Republican voters nationwide say former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 Presidential campaign.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds …
 
 
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Stage Right / Big Hollywood:
NFL Owners Who Use the N-Word and Wet Their Pants On Stage
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CNN:
‘You lie’ equals $4.4 million cash haul
Discussion: Capitol Briefing and TPMDC
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
HOSTS PICK BEST GUESTS
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Jones Street  —  The anti-Israel organization J Street …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The U.N. Human Rights Council
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Don't Cut The Payroll Tax
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
It's All Going According to Plan!
Lori Montgomery / Capitol Briefing:
CBO Estimates House Health Bill at $905B or Less