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9:55 AM ET, October 16, 2009

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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
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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Chuck Raasch / USA Today:
Keeping the Fox out of the White House
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Fox-bashing WH mouthpiece names Chairman Mao as her favorite philosopher
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.
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
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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Fox News:
House Panel Paves Way for ‘Nuclear Option’ in Health Care Reform Bill
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
CBS News:
Do Dems Still Need 60 Senate Votes for Health Care?
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
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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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
HuffPo, Rick Sanchez retract phony Limbaugh quotes  —  No harm in admitting the lie now that his NFL bid's dead.  First, via the Standard, comes this belated HuffPo postscript to a post that's three years old: … And now here's Sanchez, kinda sorta apologizing — on Twitter …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and marbury
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Cries AGAIN On Air, Pining For A Simpler Time In America (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Glenn Beck was in the middle of pining for a ‘simpler time’ in America when he decided the best way to illustrate this idea was to show two advertisements from said 'simpler …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Townhall.com
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.
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 …
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Hatch: MoveOn.Org Is Scurrilous — And I'm Going To Kick Them In The Teeth  —  On MSNBC this afternoon, Andrea Mitchell asked Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) about a MoveOn-organized protest outside his Salt Lake City office, where protesters criticized Hatch for allegedly being beholden …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Hill and MyDD
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ORRIN HATCH STARTS TO CRACK.... MoveOn.org organized a protest …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
John Edwards, Sarah Palin Both See Favorable Ratings Slide
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Considers a New Assessment of Iran Threat
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Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Regional inequities in health care reform
Discussion: The Greenroom
CNN:
Michigan Dem responds to GOP charges about Muslim interns
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WCBS-TV:
Mid-October Snow Shocks Tri-Staters
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Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
Liberals, Lay Off Obama
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