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9:20 PM ET, October 21, 2009

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The Politico:
Obama strategy: Marginalize critics  —  This is the first of a two-part look at the marginalization of the GOP.  Tomorrow: GOP officials fear that the party's image is being defined increasingly by boisterous conservative commentators.  —  President Obama is working systematically …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems spell GOP ‘S-P-A-M’  —  Republican critics pilloried the White House for making it too easy to request e-mail updates about health reform, but it turns out the GOP could have spam problems of its own.  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) sent a tweet this morning from her @michelebachmann account saying …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama hits opponents with Chicago brass knuckles  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  “His father was a great friend of my father.”  The reference to William Ayers' father was how Mayor Richard J. Daley began his defense of Barack Obama for his association with the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
It's the Media Intimidation, Stupid  —  The exchange that Jake Tapper of ABC News had with Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, was significant because of the locution used by Tapper.  Several commentators have criticized the White House for going to war with Fox News …
David Corn / Politics Daily:
Why the White House Shouldn't Play Chicken With Fox  —  It's war!  A rumble in Washington.  Two titanic political forces locked in a bloody battle to the very end.  A confrontation between good and evil.  A clash of civilizations.  Of course, I'm talking about the scuffle between the White House and Fox News.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Fate of White House Counsel Is in Doubt  —  WASHINGTON — Every morning, Gregory B. Craig, the White House counsel, sits at the conference table of the Roosevelt Room with the rest of the president's senior staff.  —  His colleagues greet him, friendly as always.
Discussion: Law Blog, marbury and Truthdig
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Jake Tapper can't figure out how Fox News is different from ABC News?  —  At Tuesday's White House briefing Tapper seemed completely baffled, and quite insulted, by the White House's claim that Fox News is not a real news organization.  Tapper demanded WH spokesman Robert Gibbs back up the claim [emphasis added]:
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
Report: White House neglecting bioterrorism
Discussion: Politics Daily
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 …
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USA Today:
Watchdog excoriates execution of TARP  —  A Treasury Department watchdog is warning that a key $700 billion bailout program has damaged the government's credibility, won't earn taxpayers all their money back and has done little to change a culture of recklessness on Wall Street.
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.
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:
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
ACORN Video: Prostitution Scandal in Philadelphia, PA Part I  —  *UPDATE Below*  —  Alinsky Rule #1: “Power isn't only what you have, it's what the enemy thinks you have.”  —  [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Doc fix’ collapses, Reid tells colleagues AMA led him astray  —  A group of Democrats joined all Republicans in blocking a 10-year freeze of scheduled cuts to doctors' Medicare payments, legislation that was considered important to getting a broader healthcare bill through later this year.
WTOP.com:
Coffee-making naked guy rebuffed by exposure charge  —  SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Eric Williamson faces an indecent exposure charge after a passerby saw him in the buff in his own home making coffee.  —  It happened at 5:30 a.m. Monday.  —  Channel 5 reports the woman and 7-year-old boy who saw …
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Agitator and The Awl
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.
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Steven Rattner / Fortune:
Why we had to get rid of GM's CEO  —  The man who led the auto bailout tells about his shock at the state of the carmaker's finances and management. … Everyone knew Detroit's reputation for insular, slow-moving cultures.  Even by that low standard, I was shocked by the stunningly poor management …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
San Francisco Alters When Police Must Report Immigrants  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco board of supervisors voted Tuesday to overturn a city policy that has been at the center of a national debate over offering illegal immigrants sanctuary.  —  The policy, ordered by Mayor Gavin Newsom …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Franken Schools Right-Wing Analyst On Medical Bankruptcies In Countries With Universal Care: 'It's Zero'  —  Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Medical Debt: Can Bankruptcy Reform Facilitate a Fresh Start.”  The hearing examined medical bankruptcies in America …
Caroline Binham / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs's Griffiths Says Inequality Helps All  —  Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — A Goldman Sachs International adviser defended compensation in the finance industry as his company plans a near-record year for pay, saying the spending will help boost the economy.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama Hula-Hooping our way to health  —  First, the buff first arms.  Then the First Lady's White House playground.  Then the First Lady's White House victory garden.  Then the First Lady's patronage of farmer's markets for things that grow in the filthy ground or hang on trees where birds perch and do things.
Discussion: Stephen Kruiser
Gary A. Harki / Charleston Gazette:
Megan Williams to recant Logan County sex-torture testimony  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Seven people pleaded guilty for their part in abusing Megan Williams — but now Williams says that abuse never happened.  —  She will hold a press conference Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, to recant her claims of abuse …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The New Untouchables  —  Last summer I attended a talk by Michelle Rhee, the dynamic chancellor of public schools in Washington.  Just before the session began, a man came up, introduced himself as Todd Martin and whispered to me that what Rhee was about to speak about — our struggling public schools …
Ezra Klein:
Will lower health-care costs mean higher wages?  —  As we went over yesterday, the theory of the excise tax is that employers will buy less costly health-care plans and put the money they save into wages.  Most of you had one question in response to that, which was well expressed …
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 …
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Volcker Fails to Sell a Bank Strategy  —  Listen to a top economist in the Obama administration describe Paul A. Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who endorsed Mr. Obama early in his election campaign and who stood by his side during the financial crisis.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Iran Agrees to Draft of Deal on Exporting Nuclear Fuel  —  VIENNA — The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that Iranian negotiators had agreed to a draft of a deal to ship much of Iran's stockpile of nuclear fuel to Russia, but cautioned that it would still …
Daniel W. Drezner:
The convenient obsession with the dollar  —  Over at Politico, Eamon Javers notes an odd trend in the Drudge Report: … Drudge isn't the only one obsessed about the dollar.  Last week, James Pethokoukis blogged the following for Reuters: … OK, let's be as plain as possible about this …
Bret Baier / Fox News:
Former VP's Remarks Prepared for His Address to the Center for Security Policy  —  Remarks by former Vice President Dick Cheney  —  Center for Security Policy  —  Thank you all very much.  It's a pleasure to be here, and especially to receive the Keeper of the Flame Award in the company of so many good friends.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McDonnell pulling away  —  Bob McDonnell has opened up a double digit lead over Creigh Deeds in his quest to be Virginia's next Governor.  He now leads 52-40, up from 48-43 three weeks ago.  —  McDonnell's standing is largely the result of two things: considerable support from independents and a disengaged Democratic electorate.
Jonah Weiner / Slate:
Creed Is Good  —  Scott Stapp's nu-grunge foursome was seriously underrated.  —  In 1997, an unknown Florida hard-rock group called Creed spent $6,000 to make its debut album, My Own Prison.  Talk about a good investment: An independent label, Wind-Up, signed the group, got Sony to provide distribution …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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