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12:35 AM ET, October 21, 2009


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Today's Qs for O's WH - 10/20/2009  —  From this morning's gaggle in White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' office:  —  Can you explain why it's appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one -  —  Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
The real reason the White House is attacking Fox News: Containment  —  This seems so obviously correct that I feel embarrassed for not having figured it out sooner. … Allen and Gerstein: … Both Politico and Mediaite note that the expected righteous indignation at being lectured …
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
The Ten Most Egregious Fox News Distortions (VIDEO)  —  Fox News has defended itself against administration criticism by saying the White House has confused its pundit shows with its news programs.  But the network constantly, misleadingly disparages Obama and his administration in its supposedly straight reporting.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House vs. FOX News: Round Five
Discussion: Mediaite
The Huffington Post:
Hill Aides: More Senators Would Back Public Plan If Obama Pushed Harder
Jeff Poor /
Hume Defends Fox Again: Asks How CNN, Others 'Like Being Patted …
Discussion: Don Surber and Scared Monkeys
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gibbs's opinion  —  Tapper and Gibbs spar on the subject of Fox:
Discussion: Commentary
Traditional Americans are losing their nation  —  In the brief age of Obama, we have had “truthers,” “birthers,” tea party activists and town-hall dissenters.  —  Comes now, the “Oath Keepers.”  And who might they be?  —  Writes Alan Maimon in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oath Keepers …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Pat Buchanan: White Americans Are “Losing” Their Country.  —  Pat Buchanan knows who America really belongs to.  After a litany of what he sees as white working class grievances in his latest column, Buchanan concludes: (via TPM) … There's been a lot of attention paid …
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Thought Experiments on Birth and Death
Philip Boroff / Bloomberg:
Carnegie Hall Stagehand Moving Props Makes $530,044  —  Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — After you practice for years and get to Carnegie Hall, it's almost better to move music stands than actually play the piano.  —  Depending on wattage, a star pianist can receive $20,000 a night at the 118-year-old hall …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Democrats lock Republicans out of committee room  —  Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren't present.  —  Towns' action came after repeated public ridicule from the leading Republican …
Bill Donohue / Washington Post:
America's secular saboteurs  —  There are many ways cultural nihilists are busy trying to sabotage America these days: multiculturalism is used as a club to beat down Western civilization in the classroom; sexual libertines seek to upend the cultural order by attacking religion …
Oprah Winfrey Talks to Sarah Palin on The Oprah Winfrey Show  —  CHICAGO — In a world exclusive, Oprah Winfrey will interview former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show to air Monday, November 16, 2009.  Winfrey and Palin will meet for the very first time on the episode …
Thomas Conner / The Oprah blog:
Sarah Palin on ‘Oprah’ in November
Discussion: The Hill and FishBowlDC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bernstein on Human Rights Watch  —  It's certainly news that Human Rights Watch's critics were able to get a former HRW chairman to slam the organization for having the temerity to hold Israel to the same standards of international humanitarian law to which it holds every other country.
Robert Bernstein / New York Times:
Rights Watchdog, Lost in the Mideast
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama urges GOP to ‘get a mop’ and clean up Bush administration mess  —  President Barack Obama urged Republicans to help clean up the mess the Bush administration left behind in comments at a Tuesday night fundraiser.  —  Obama, speaking to donors to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) …
Discussion: Truthdig
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama takes on Wall Street in New York City fundraiser
Discussion: The Politico
NY Daily News:
Judge revokes Bernard Kerik bail, sends ex-NYPD top cop to jail for trying to taint jury pool  —  A judge tossed former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik in jail for trying to taint the jury pool via the Internet Tuesday - days before the top cop's corruption trial starts.
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
‘They Tried to Steal an Election,’ N.Y. Voter Fraud Case Heats Up  —  Thirty-eight forged or fraudulent ballots have been thrown out, according to records at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections in Troy, N.Y. Enough votes, an election official admits, to likely have tipped the November election to the Democrats.
Bob Holmes / New Scientist:
Meet future woman: shorter, plumper, more fertile  — For similar stories, visit the Evolution and Human Evolution Topic Guides  —  Women of the future are likely to be slightly shorter and plumper, have healthier hearts and longer reproductive windows.  These changes are predicted …
Sandra Block / USA Today:
Latest bank fee is for paying off credit card on time every month  —  You floss regularly, yield to oncoming traffic and use your credit cards judiciously, dutifully paying off your balance every month.  —  You may believe that your exemplary behavior shields you from unexpected credit card fees.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NY-23: Can Doug Hoffman Win?  —  President Barack Obama heads to New York City later today to raise campaign cash for businessman Bill Owens, the party's nominee in the Nov. 3 special election in New York's 23rd district, but the emerging storyline in the race is whether Conservative party …
Neil Offen / Durham Herald-Sun:
Hersh: Military waging war with White House  —  DURHAM — The U.S. military is not just fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America's most renowned investigative journalist says.  —  The army is also “in a war against the White House — and they feel they have [President] Obama boxed in …
Vos Iz Neias:
Kinsman, IL - FBI Raids Halal Slaughterhouse  —  Kinsman, IL - Federal agents conducted a raid Sunday afternoon at a goat meat processing plant near Morris, Illinois.  The secretive operation was led by the Chicago FBI office, the Feds are being very tight-lipped on what they found and why they were even there.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
News7 Poll: Republicans hold comfortable leads in statewide contests  —  According to a new News7 SurveyUSA poll, if the governor's election was held today, Republican Bob McDonnell would easily win the race over Democrat Creigh Deeds.  —  It shows McDonnell with a 59 percent to 40 percent lead over Deeds.
Michelle Malkin:
ACORN Watch: Fight the thugs  —  ACORN is a criminal enterprise.  It took decades to build up its massive coffers and intricate web of affiliates across the country.  —  It will take months and years to untangle the entire operation.  —  And it will take time, money …
Discussion: Reuters and Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Medicare for everyone  —  Say hello to “Medicare Part E” — as in, “Medicare for Everyone.”  —  House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare, an established government healthcare program that is better known than the public option.
Discussion: MyDD
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Happy Hour Roundup: New CBO Score Bodes Well For Public Option  —  Update: This just in:  —  In another step forward for the public option, I'm told reliably by a source that House leaders have been given a new Congressional Budget Office “score” finding that the evolving House bill …
Felix Salmon:
The secret Paulson-Goldman meeting  —  Andrew Ross Sorkin's new book is out today, and breaks some pretty stunning news, dating from the end of June, 2008.  At this point, we're still months away from the now-famous but then-secret waiver, issued in mid-September, which allowed Hank Paulson …
Mike / Rortybomb:
The “Financial Autopsy” CFPA Amendment  —  I've just been informed by people in Washington DC that there is a newly proposed amendment to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, an amendment that I find promising.  Here is a first draft: … A few thoughts:  — The CDC has a response team for when it finds cancer clusters.
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iranian-American academic gets 12 years in unrest  —  TEHRAN, Iran — Iran ignored appeals by Hillary Rodham Clinton and even rock star Sting and sentenced an Iranian-American academic to 12 years in prison Tuesday for his alleged role in anti-government protests after the country's disputed presidential election.
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Bill Mears / CNN:
Study: States can't afford death penalty
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Mike / Rortybomb:
A little more on Geoengineering  —  Having spent a fair amount …
Discussion: The Bellows and Ezra Klein
Chicago Breaking News:
U. of I. Chancellor Herman resigns, will join faculty
Discussion: Above the Law
The Huffington Post:
Public Option in Danger
Discussion: Think Progress
The Huffington Post:
Congress “Getting Completely Crushed” …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Politico and American Glob
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Economy trumps climate as concern
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Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and TPMDC
Peter Hamby / CNN:
DeMint denounces op-ed with Jewish stereotype
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: A Reporter Does His Job
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
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