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12:55 PM ET, October 17, 2009

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Stage Right / Big Hollywood:
NFL Owners Who Use the N-Word and Wet Their Pants On Stage
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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.
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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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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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.
CNN:
Dunn fires back at Beck over Mao remarks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — White House communications director Anita Dunn fired back at criticism from TV commentator Glenn Beck on Friday, saying that a Mao Tse-tung quote Beck took issue with was picked up from legendary GOP strategist Lee Atwater.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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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.
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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 …
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: Ben Smith's Blog
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
White House to shift strategy on Sudan
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Threatens Insurers' Anti-Trust Exemption  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama mounted a frontal assault on the insurance industry on Saturday, accusing it of airing “deceptive and dishonest ads” to derail his health care legislation and threatening to strip the industry of its longstanding exemption from federal anti-trust laws.
Doug Hoffman / Michelle Malkin:
A message from NY-23 conservative candidate Doug Hoffman  —  (Note from Michelle: This is a special guest post from NY-23 conservative congressional candidate Doug Hoffman.  Please spread the word about the Nov. 3 special election and show your support.  All hands on deck!)
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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.
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 …
 
 
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