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2:35 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:
Alexander to Obama: No ‘enemies list’  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) accused the White House on Wednesday of “street-brawling” with opponents, and said the West Wing's strategy of freezing out opponents amounts to a latter-day “enemies list,” a reference to an infamous practice of President Richard Nixon.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Alexander to Obama: Don't Create An Enemies List
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems spell GOP ‘S-P-A-M’
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House Dems want 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.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Pelosi to Include Medicare+5 Public Option in House Bill
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.
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Jennifer Ryan / Bloomberg:
King Suggests Splitting Up Largest Banks to Stem Risk
Discussion: The Big Picture
Red Square / thepeoplescube.com:
Obama's War on Fox News Becomes a Quagmire  —  THE WHITE HOUSE - Despite the President's promise of a swift and decisive victory, Obama's War on Fox News has developed all signs of an unwinnable quagmire, making the White House even more isolated in its unilateral attempts to crush the growing media insurgency.
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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]:
The Politico:
Clinton helps Deeds — sort of  —  It's doubtful that any of the few hundred people who turned up for Democrat Creigh Deeds at a Northern Virginia campaign office needed a reminder that their candidate is trailing badly in his race for governor.  —  They got one anyway …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McDonnell pulling away
Discussion: Commentary and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Clusterstock and marbury
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's New York Fiasco  —  Republicans try to lose a House seat.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Republicans are telling themselves that a political wave is building that could carry them to big election gains next year.  Judging by their performance so far in a special election in New York …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Grassley Warns HHS Web Site May Be ‘Propaganda’  —  Senate Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is raising concerns that a Department of Health and Human Services Web site that urges visitors to send an e-mail to President Barack Obama praising his health care reform plan may violate rules against government-funded propaganda.
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
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.
Discussion: RedState and WILLisms.com
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Filmmakers Show Video of ACORN ‘Sting’ in Philadelphia  —  The two independent filmmakers who posed as a pimp and a prostitute and received advice from ACORN employees in five cities on how to skirt tax and immigration laws claim the community organizer group lied when it said the pair …
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 …
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Court papers claim Madoff's offices were full of cocaine, topless women  —  Bernie Madoff, cocaine kingpin?  —  New additions to a lawsuit against the jailed Ponzi schemer charge that he presided over an office so fueled by the drug that it was known as the “North Pole.”
Rudy Giuliani / getmotivated.com:
General Powell  —  is one of the most distinguished and admired men in America.  As a four-star General, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Gen. Powell has experienced leadership at the highest levels.  Gen. Powell shows you precisely what it takes to be a leader …
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Limbaugh goes the extra mile  —  Shock jock turns on Andy Revkin after his comments on population and greenhouse gas emissions  —  US radio host Rush Limbaugh's main reason for existence is to go too far — and then drag mainstream conservative discourse out there with him.
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 …
David Rohde / New York Times:
A Drone Strike and Dwindling Hope  —  TWO deafening explosions shook the walls of the compound where the Taliban held us hostage.  My guards and I dived to the floor as chunks of dirt hurtled through the window.  —  “Dawood?” one guard shouted, saying my name in Arabic.  “Dawood?”
Felix Salmon:
How Paulson gave Goldman the Lehman heads-up  —  The secret Paulson-Goldman meeting wasn't the only time that Hank Paulson treated his buddies at Goldman Sachs especially well while at Treasury.  In fact, it wasn't the only time he did so before he got the now-famous waiver.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Reporter never yelled at Scozzafava  —  Dede Scozzafava's campaign is now retracting its accusation that Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack yelled at her - which was what prompted her husband to call the police - after McCormack played the audiotape of the incident to the Associated Press:
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Emanuel at the Epicenter: Then and Now  —  WASHINGTON — When Heath Shuler, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, was thinking about running for Congress in 2006, he found he had a new best friend.  Every time the phone rang, it seemed, it was Rahm Emanuel or someone Mr. Emanuel had told to call.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Ben Smith's Blog
Examiner:
CDC shocker: Swine Flu killing young people at surprising rate … The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have confirmed what public health officials have been saying for some time.  The Swine Flu, pandemic H1N1, is unusually deadly for young people in the United States.
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Vitter dodges question about interracial marriage in Louisiana.  —  Although both Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) have publicly condemned Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell for refusing to issue marriage licenses to interracial couples, Sen. David Vitter (R) has stayed noticeably silent.
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Audio released of GOP challenger at DUI stop
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., 39% Say View on Healthcare “Depends” on Details
Rasmussen Reports:
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran, world powers agree to draft deal on uranium
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and The Daily Dish
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The New Untouchables  —  Last summer I attended a talk …
Discussion: Law Blog and The Glittering Eye
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Mets Win One: Owners Made Money on Madoff
Discussion: DailyFinance and Clusterstock
Leonard Downie / Financial Times:
American journalism needs public support
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Takes a Health Care Hiatus
Discussion: Associated Press, Gawker and The Note
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Former rivals Plouffe, Schmidt team up
Discussion: TPM LiveWire