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4:15 PM ET, October 17, 2009


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Pakistan Army Launches Ground Assault
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
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
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 …
Kerry: Obama would be “irresponsible” to send more troops to Afghanistan now  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Sen. John Kerry cautioned President Obama Saturday against raising troop levels in Afghanistan, saying it would be “entirely irresponsible” to do so while the Afghan government remains in turmoil following national elections.
Discussion: The Hill
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!)
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 …
Discussion: Althouse, ArtsBeat, Tim Blair and RedState
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.
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
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 …
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.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
White House to shift strategy on Sudan
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Ezra Klein:
An Interview With Sen. Olympia Snowe
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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: Hit & Run and Pam's House Blend
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Brauchli letter: ‘I knew salon dinners were being promoted as OTR’
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The Secret New York Minute: Trains Late by Design
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Quigley / Mediaite:
Oy! Noam Chomsky Compares Right-Wing Media To “Nazis”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Former Official Sentenced
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Cao: 'It's pronounced Gow'
Discussion: RedState