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9:25 PM ET, October 17, 2009


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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
David Rohde / New York Times:
7 Months, 10 Days in Captivity  —  THE car's engine roared as the gunman punched the accelerator and we crossed into the open Afghan desert.  I was seated in the back between two Afghan colleagues who were accompanying me on a reporting trip when armed men surrounded our car and took us hostage.
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and ATTACKERMAN
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.
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.
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Brown leads poll in Houston mayor's race  —  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: Greg's Opinion and Off the Kuff
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 and Hot Air
Tony Romm / The Hill:
White House to shift strategy on Sudan
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
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Impatiently Waiting  —  When, Mr. President?  When will your deeds catch up to your words?  The people who worked tirelessly to get you elected are getting tired of waiting.  According to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday, Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the country …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Fake but Aristotelian?  —  Actually, the great Greek philosopher probably didn't endorse ObamaCare.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Yesterday we received an email from a loyal reader who nonetheless seems to disagree with everything we write—a type of reader for whom we have a special, if slightly perverse, affection.
Discussion: RedState and Pam's House Blend
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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Dara Horn / Wall Street Journal:
The Ethnic Food Chain
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Ezra Klein:
An Interview With Sen. Olympia Snowe
Discussion: Firedoglake and 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
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From Mediagazer:

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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