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4:55 PM ET, October 19, 2009


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The Politico:
CNBC, Reuters fall for climate hoax  —  In a dramatic shift, the Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it is throwing its support behind climate change legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate.  —  Only it didn't.  —  An e-mail press release announcing the change is a hoax, say Chamber officials.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
White House plan: Neuter the Chamber  —  The White House and congressional Democrats are working to marginalize the Chamber of Commerce — the powerful business lobby opposed to many of President Barack Obama's first-year priorities — by going around the group and dealing directly with the CEOs of major U.S. corporations.
A Survival Strategy for Free Enterprise Over the Long Term  —  Address by Thomas J. Donohue  —  President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce  —  U.S. Chamber of Commerce  —  Washington, D.C.  —  As Prepared for Delivery  —  Thank you very much, Sheila, and good day to everyone.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Fake “Chamber” Press Release Dupes Reuters
Discussion: EnviroKnow
Washington Post:
Doctor pay, and its cost, are part of health reform  —  A test of President Obama's pledge to pay for health care  —  IN THE WORLD according to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), setting Medicare payment levels for doctors has nothing to do with health reform.  Really.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Gregg: U.S. could be on path to a ‘banana republic’ situation
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Thomas to White House: Stay out of Fox News fight  —  Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas on Monday advised the Obama administration to stand down and avoid further fighting with Fox News and its correspondents.  —  In an interview with MSNBC, the columnist — who is promoting …
Discussion: Hot Air
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Losing: Helen Thomas, NYT, and The Nation Object to White House Fight With Fox News
Discussion: Commentary and Fox News
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
AP Newsbreak: New medical marijuana policy issued  —  AP Newsbreak: New medical marijuana policy issued by Obama administration  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws …
Megan McArdle:
Taking Charge of Our Climate  —  I don't know enough about climate change debate to weigh in on the cage match between Levitt/Dubner, the environmental blogs, and, it seems, most of the liberal environmental blogosphere.  I know enough about journalism to know that asking your sources to feed …
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Times Says It Will Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs  —  The New York Times plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs - about 8 percent of the total - by year's end, offering buyouts to union and non-union employees, and resorting to layoffs if it cannot get enough people to leave voluntarily, the paper announced on Monday.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
New York Times Cutting 100 Newsroom Jobs
CNN Poll: Will Afghanistan turn into another Vietnam?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A slight majority of Americans think that the war in Afghanistan is turning into another Vietnam, according to a new national poll which also indicates that nearly six in 10 oppose sending more U.S. troops to the conflict.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Reading Material  —  I find the idea that senior military …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Banks Are Not All Right  —  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  O.K., maybe not literally the worst, but definitely bad.  And the contrast between the immense good fortune of a few and the continuing suffering of all too many boded ill for the future.
Marisa Treviño / Latina Lista:
Special Sunday Post: RNC Chairman Michael Steele's bizarre interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos  —  For months now, I've resisted trying to equate Michael Steele with Sarah Palin — a Republican Party choice (a.k.a. token) to appease a certain demographic.  Palin was to appeal to women voters.
David Sharrock / Times of London:
Hillary Clinton suffers ‘mis-speaking’ relapse with Belfast bomb claims  —  Hillary Clinton has been caught out “mis-speaking” again in a manner that suggests that she hasn't learnt from past experiences of her globe-trotting, “lily-gilding” speeches.  —  The US Secretary of State …
New York Times:
Decision on Afghan Troops May Wait  —  WASHINGTON — The White House signaled Sunday that President Obama would postpone any decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan until the disputed election there had been settled and resulted in a government that could work with the United States.
David Seifman / New York Post:
Rudy: Re-elect Mike - or else  —  In his first appearance on the campaign trail with Mayor Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani yesterday warned Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn that the city's frightening, crime-ridden days could swiftly return if they don't come out to vote and give the mayor a third term.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
In New Jersey, It Was Christie's Race to Lose — and He May Have Lost It  —  NORTH BERGEN, N.J. - Jon Corzine - the bearded, gray-haired, former Wall Street titan running for his second term as New Jersey's Democratic governor - would never be confused with the toothy-smiled, broad-shouldered …
Rasmussen Reports:
Palin Is Distant Second in GOP Match-Ups with Huckabee, Romney  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's forthcoming autobiography has been at the top of the Amazon book charts for weeks, and it hasn't even been released yet.  At least in the eyes of the political Left, she is now perhaps America's most visible national Republican.
Bniolet / Raleigh News & Observer:
Burr, Bowles far from rivalry  —  The parking sign outside the meeting Monday morning called it the “Burr-Bowles Summit” but it could just have easily called it a “love fest.”  —  Republican Sen. Richard Burr and the man he defeated in 2004, Democrat Erskine Bowles, now president of the University …
Mark Finkelstein /
Mika: With One Exception, Every CBS Reporter, Director, Anchor A Liberal  —  Give Mika Brzezinski credit for candor.  She has stated that during her 10 years at CBS, every reporter, producer and anchor she knew, with one exception, was a liberal.  —  The Morning Joe co-host made the disclosure today …
Discussion: Mediaite, Biased BBC and
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