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6:40 PM ET, October 17, 2009


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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.
Sharpton threatens suit against Limbaugh  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Reverend Al Sharpton and his lawyers say they are preparing to file a defamation lawsuit against conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for an op-ed published Saturday, which Sharpton alleges “erroneously” characterizes his …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KEEPING THE PITY PARTY GOING.... Investors hoping to purchase the St. Louis Rams football franchise decided this week they didn't want to hang out with Rush Limbaugh anymore.  In a Wall Street Journal op-ed this morning, the right-wing radio host is still complaining about it.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Blog entry
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Artist Admits Using Other Photo for ‘Hope’ Poster  —  Shepard Fairey, the controversial artist whose “Hope” poster of Barack Obama became an iconic emblem of the presidential campaign, admitted on Friday that he lied about which photograph from The Associated Press he used as his source …
David Ng / Culture Monster:
Shepard Fairey admits to wrongdoing in Associated Press lawsuit  —  In a strange twist to an already complicated legal situation, artist Shepard Fairey admitted today to legal wrongdoing in his ongoing battle with the Associated Press.  —  Fairey said in a statement issued late Friday …
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.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Obama rips health insurance lobby as ‘deceptive,’ ‘dishonest,’ ‘bogus.’  —  Earlier this week, the health insurance lobby AHIP (America's Health Insurance Plans) issued a false and dishonest report claiming that the Baucus health care bill would increase health care costs.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
In Shift for Obama, U.S. Settles On Modulated Policy for Sudan  —  After lengthy debate, the Obama administration has settled on a policy toward Sudan that offers a dramatically softer approach than the president had advocated on the campaign trail — but steers clear of the conciliatory tone advocated …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Tony Romm / The Hill:
White House to shift strategy on Sudan
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Brown's big spending may be paying off  —  Poll shows Brown with lead, Parker trailing closely behind  —  City Councilman Peter Brown, who has blanketed the airwaves for months with an evergreen message about his “blueprint” for Houston, has emerged as the front-runner in the Nov. 3 mayoral race …
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Greg's Opinion
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 …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Superfreakonomics on climate, part 1  —  OK, I'm working my way through the climate chapter — and the first five pages, by themselves, are enough to discredit the whole thing.  Why?  Because they grossly misrepresent other peoples' research, in both climate science and economics.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Labor chief takes on White House  —  The president of one of America's largest labor unions, Gerry McEntee, has emerged as a major obstacle to the White House's efforts to maintain a unified front in the health care debate.  —  The veteran president of the American Federation of State …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
British High Court rejects U.S./British cover-up of torture evidence  —  (updated below)  —  There is a vital development — a new ruling from the British High Court — in a story about which I've written many times before: the extraordinary joint British/U.S. effort to cover up the brutal torture …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Guardian and Emptywheel
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.
Washington Post:
Pakistan Army Launches Ground Assault
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Dara Horn / Wall Street Journal:
The Ethnic Food Chain
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Afghanistan: Hawk aligns with liberals
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Fake but Aristotelian?  —  Actually, the great Greek philosopher …
Discussion: RedState and Pam's House Blend
Ezra Klein:
An Interview With Sen. Olympia Snowe
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Kerry: Obama would be “irresponsible” to send more troops to Afghanistan now
Discussion: The Hill
Stewart M. Powell / Houston Chronicle:
White outpaces fellow Dem in campaign fundraising
Discussion: The Hill and Off the Kuff
Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Morehouse College bans cross-dressing
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Brauchli letter: ‘I knew salon dinners were being promoted as OTR’
Discussion: The New Republic, Gawker and Mediaite
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The Secret New York Minute: Trains Late by Design

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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson launches the Tucker Carlson Network, or TCN, a $9-per-month streaming video service with access to “5 brand-new shows, speeches, films, and more”

Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Altice USA is in talks to sell Cheddar News to private equity firm Regent; Altice paid $200M for Cheddar in 2019 and may be compensated via an earn-out

Max Tani / Semafor:
Tel Aviv-based, one of the most visited global financial news websites, uses AI to rewrite stories published just hours earlier by competitors

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