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6:15 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.
Mike Madden / Salon:   Is it still spam if the GOP does it?
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama hits opponents with Chicago brass knuckles
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Hill:
‘Die quickly’ congressman creates; GOP cries foul  —  Rep. Alan Grayson, whose “die quickly” remark gained him much attention, has created a new website based on his meme called “”  —  On the site, visitors can log the names and stories of friends …
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
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.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Power Line and Wizbang
Fox News:
Cheney: Obama's Afghan War Strategy ‘Bears Striking Resemblance’ to Bush's  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney returned fire on the Obama administration Wednesday over an allegation that the Bush White House did not ask any key questions about the war in Afghanistan, forcing Obama officials …
Bret Baier / Fox News:   Former VP's Remarks Prepared for His Address to the Center for Security Policy
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Gallup: First-year quarterly drop in Obama's approval rating one of the biggest in decades  —  Not much Hope but a whole lot of Change.  ObamaCare plus stagnant unemployment plus dithering on Afghanistan makes for a magical brew indeed, my friends. … When you think about the last three months …
Thom Geier /
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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) …
Roger Pielke, Jr / Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog:
Giant Fish, Big Fish and Minnows of the Liberal Blogosphere  —  Yesterday was sure interesting.  Nothing like a little personal conflict to motivate dozens of emails to me and plenty of comments across the blogosphere.  For better or worse I have a much better sense of how the liberal slime machine works …
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
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks at the United States Institute of Peace  —  Renaissance Mayflower Hotel  —  Washington, DC  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  It's a great honor to be introduced by Ambassador Moose.  George and I have had the privilege of working together in the past …
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: James Fallows
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
GOP launches sarcastic ‘friend czar’ Facebook application  —  The GOP has unveiled a new tactic in its ongoing effort to dominate social media sites like Twitter and Facebook: a sarcastic Facebook Application that assesses a “tax” on Facebook users deemed to have more than the average number of friends.
Laurence Hammack / The Roanoke Times:
Appeals court panel says Roanoke neo-Nazi should remain jailed  —  A federal appeals court ruled today that neo-Nazi leader William A. White should remain in jail, calling him “a highly intelligent person apparently dedicated to having various persons killed.”
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Ron Kampeas Pulls Out of J Street Conference
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
The Panic of '08: Recession Cause or Effect?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A bitter split on Net Neutrality
Discussion: Hit & Run and Post Tech
Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Another former Gitmo detainee killed in a shootout
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Senate vote blocks plan for permanent fix to Medicare payments to doctors
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