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2:00 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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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: Emptywheel, Law Blog, marbury and Truthdig
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama hits opponents with Chicago brass knuckles
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mike Madden / Salon:   Is it still spam if the GOP does it?
The Politico:
Obama strategy: Marginalize critics
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:
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Alan Grayson: Fox News, GOP are the enemies of America, peace, puppies
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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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 …
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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Bret Baier / Fox News:   Former VP's Remarks Prepared for His Address to the Center for Security Policy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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 Awl and Hot Air
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
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:   Senate vote blocks plan for permanent fix to Medicare payments to doctors
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.
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) …
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
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.
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Kathryn Hopkins / Guardian:
Bank boss: public must learn to tolerate bonuses
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 .
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David Knowles / AOL News:
Sarah Palin to Appear on ‘Oprah’
 
 
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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
Thomas Joscelyn / The Long War Journal:
Another former Gitmo detainee killed in a shootout
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
Robert Borosage / Blog entry:
Where Will the Jobs Come From?  —  They are popping the bubbly on Wall Street.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
GOP launches sarcastic ‘friend czar’ Facebook application
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Department of Propaganda? Update: AOL Hot Seat poll added
Discussion: Roll Call and JammieWearingFool
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Moe Tkacik / New York Magazine:
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