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5:50 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 …
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]:
Discussion: The Sideshow, Gawker and Kausfiles
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 …
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and QandO
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Fate of White House Counsel Is in Doubt
Discussion: Law Blog and marbury
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.
Discussion: WILLisms.com, QandO and RedState
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.
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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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Note, Michelle Malkin and RedState
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
BREAKING** 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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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 and The Awl
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 …
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.
Washington Wire:
Senators Express Discomfort With Health Overhaul  —  Greg Hitt reports on the politics of health care legislation.  —  With floor debate over health care looming, Republican and Democratic senators in the political middle are becoming more assertive about their concerns.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Snowe's lonely GOP heresy on health reform
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Moe Tkacik / New York Magazine:
The Financial-Crisis Lit Cheat Sheet  —  This week marks the official publication of the longest, most comprehensive, and highest-priced ($32.95!) work of Crisis Lit yet, New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin's epic Too Big to Fail, which clocks in at a whopping 539 pages (minus the index).
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Awl
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 …
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Oprah hopes Palin has the right stuff to win back viewers  —  Oprah Winfrey, on a campaign to climb back from last season's ratings slump, will attempt to kiss and make up with conservative viewers on Nov. 16 when she has Sarah Palin on her syndicated talk show .
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Issa: Countrywide hearing to again be delayed
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Go all out: End price-fixing by insurers
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Audio released of GOP challenger at DUI stop
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The New Untouchables  —  Last summer I attended a talk …
Discussion: Law Blog and The Glittering Eye
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Emanuel at the Epicenter: Then and Now
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Rohde / New York Times:
A Drone Strike and Dwindling Hope
Discussion: Danger Room and Mediaite
Examiner:
CDC shocker: Swine Flu killing young people at surprising rate
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Grassley Warns HHS Web Site May Be ‘Propaganda’
Discussion: Hot Air