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9:00 AM ET, October 22, 2009

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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama, But Fox Isn't a News Organization?  —  Here's a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.  —  On Monday, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House.
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama hits opponents with Chicago brass knuckles
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Exclusive: Holbrooke on Holbrooke  —  Washington has been abuzz with stories speculating about the role of special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, the gregarious U.S. diplomat who has been somewhat absent from public appearances recently.
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
More Troops Are a Bad Bet  —  The United States was born of our ancestors' nationalistic resentment of a foreign power whose troops we saw as occupiers, not protectors.  The British never fathomed our basic grievance — this was our land, not theirs! — so the more they cracked down, the more they empowered the American insurgency.
Max Boot / New York Times:
There's No Substitute for Troops on the Ground  —  “I HOPE people who say this war is unwinnable see stories like this.  This is what winning in a counterinsurgency looks like.”  —  Lt. Col. William F. McCollough, commander of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment …
Discussion: WWNY
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cheney's Speech Tonight  —  Dick Cheney that is, who will be speaking at the Center for Security Policy tonight.  The speech is a real humdinger.  Check back here at 6 for the full text of the former vice president's remarks.
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The Hill:
‘Die quickly’ congressman creates namesofthedead.com; GOP cries foul  —  Rep. Alan Grayson, whose “die quickly” remark gained him much attention, has created a new website based on his meme called “namesofthedead.com.”  —  On the site, visitors can log the names and stories of friends …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Alan Grayson Unveils ‘Names of the Dead’ Web Site — And Gets Punked With Joke Names  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has set up a new Web site, Names of the Dead, to memorialize Americans who died because they had no health insurance: … Grayson announced this new Web site on the House floor:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Alan Grayson: Fox News, GOP are the enemies of America, peace, puppies
Wall Street Journal:
Temporary Beltway Sanity  —  The doctor fix blows up in the Senate, no thanks to the AMA.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Yesterday saw some rare good news on the health-care front, with the stealth Democratic plan to move $247 billion in ObamaCare costs off the books collapsing in the Senate on a procedural vote of 47 to 53.
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Wall Street Journal:
Pay Czar to Slash Compensation at Seven Firms  —  The U.S. pay czar will cut in half the average compensation for 175 employees at firms receiving large sums of government aid, with the vast majority of salaries coming in under $500,000, according to people familiar with the government's plans.
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
U.S. to Order Steep Pay Cuts at Firms That Got Most Aid  —  WASHINGTON — Responding to the growing furor over the paychecks of executives at companies that received billions of dollars in federal bailouts, the Obama administration will order the companies that received the most aid to deeply slash …
Thom Geier / EW.com:
Attention, Sarah Palin bashers: Lookalike book ‘Going Rouge’ is coming!  —  We know that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can hunt, and even field-dress a moose, but how will she take to poachers on her book sales?  Start-up publisher OR Books has announced plans to publish Going Rouge …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Quarterly Approval Average Slips Nine Points to 53%  —  Largest second- to third-quarter drop for an elected president  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In Gallup Daily tracking that spans Barack Obama's third quarter in office (July 20 through Oct. 19), the president averaged a 53% job approval rating.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Gallup: First-year quarterly drop in Obama's approval rating …
Gregory B. Hladky / Hartford Advocate:
Republicans Overtweet  —  Twitter shuts down 33 fake accounts created by state Republicans in an attempt to lambast Dems  —  Barack Obama's victory last year left many Republicans bemoaning their party's ineptitude when it came to political exploitation of the Web.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: Scozzafava Photo-Op Goes Horribly Wrong  —  Michael Patrick Leahy, the Tea Party activist who has been going after NY-23 GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava with hammer and tongs, produces this photo of the candidate stumping today outside of one of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman's offices.
Republican Ways and Means:
7 Months After Stimulus 49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs  —  America Now Over 6 Million Jobs Shy of Administration's Projections  —  The table below compares the White House's February 2009 projection of the number of jobs that would be created by the 2009 stimulus law (through the end of 2010) …
John Cook / Gawker:
They All Look Alike: MSNBC Mistakes Jesse Jackson for Al Sharpton  —  Reverends!  All reverends look alike.  Jesse Jackson was on MSNBC today to help poor people, and Contessa Brewer introduced him as “the Rev. Al Sharpton.”  If Fox News did this, there would be sit-ins.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Vitter's Office Finally Comments On Judge Who Denied Interracial Marriage  —  Okay, you may have heard that GOP Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has come under fire for refusing to comment on or condemn Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace from his state who refused to preside over the nuptials of an interracial couple.
Danielle Ivory / The Huffington Post:
Rape Victim's Choice: Risk AIDS or Health Insurance?  —  Huffington Post Investigative Fund  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Christina Turner feared that she might have been sexually assaulted after two men slipped her a knockout drug.  She thought she was taking proper precautions …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and NOW! Blog
 
 
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Ron Kampeas Pulls Out of J Street Conference
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Roger Pielke, Jr / Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog:
Giant Fish, Big Fish and Minnows of the Liberal Blogosphere
Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
The Panic of '08: Recession Cause or Effect?
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks at the United States Institute of Peace
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A bitter split on Net Neutrality
Discussion: Hit & Run and Post Tech
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Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Another former Gitmo detainee killed in a shootout
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
GOP launches sarcastic ‘friend czar’ Facebook application
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama Hula-Hooping our way to health
Discussion: Stephen Kruiser
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
ACORN Video: Prostitution Scandal in Philadelphia, PA Part I