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12:45 PM ET, October 23, 2009

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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Behind the War Between White House and Fox  —  WASHINGTON — Late last month, the senior White House adviser David Axelrod and Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News, met in an empty Palm steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tê te.
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The Politico:
W.H. attacks worry moderate Dems  —  A White House effort to undermine conservative critics is generating a backlash on Capitol Hill — and not just from Republicans.  —  “It's a mistake,” said Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from western Pennsylvania.
Washington Post:
Deeds should've listened to us, senior Obama officials say  —  Top Democrats seek to shield Obama in case of election loss  —  Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Media Matters coordinates campaign against ‘lethal’ Fox  —  An official at a Democratic-leaning organization sends on a memo the group Media Matters is circulating today to progressive groups, calling Fox “a lethal 24/7 partisan political operation” and rallying a coalition of groups to join the White House assault on the network.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Annie Leibovitz takes first family photo — Friends encourage Roger Ailes to seek GOP nom in 2012 — Geithner: ‘A big week’ — Endgame: Look for a trigger in final health bill  —  Annie Leibovitz takes first family photo — Friends encourage Roger Ailes to seek GOP nom in 2012 — Geithner …
Discussion: Think Progress
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
White House Tactics Go Too Far  —  WASHINGTON — Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a live pollster.  Now he's put a horse's head in Roger Ailes' bed.  —  Not very subtle.  And not very smart.  Ailes doesn't scare easily.  —  The White House has declared war on Fox News.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: White House tries to bar Fox News from interviewing pay czar  —  Decide for yourself what the most disgraceful aspect of this is.  Was it the fact that Gibbs told Jake Tapper explicitly on Monday that the White House wouldn't try to dictate to the press pool …
Mike Allen / Reuters:
FRIENDS PUSH AILES FOR PRESIDENT  —  Friends and associates are encouraging Fox News chief Roger Ailes to jump into the political arena for real by running for president in 2012, top sources tell POLITICO.  —  “Ailes knows how to frame an issue better than anybody, and that's what we need now …
Discussion: Gawker, TVNewser and The Awl
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on the White House vs. Fox News
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   Bullies' Overreach  —  In its mindless war against Fox …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi lacks votes for most sweeping public option  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi counted votes Thursday night and determined she could not pass a “robust public option” — the most aggressive of the three forms of a public option House Democrats have been considering as part of a national overhaul of health care.
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New York Times:
Senate Leader Takes Risk Pushing Public Insurance Plan  —  WASHINGTON — In pushing to include a government-run health insurance plan in the health care bill, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, is taking a calculated gamble that the 60 members of his caucus could support the plan if it included a way for states to opt out.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
URGENT: House 12-15 Short on Medicare +5% Public Option  —  I am receiving new information tonight that the House DOES NOT have 218 “solid' yes votes for health care reform with a Medicare +5% public option.  Representative John Larson's claim earlier today that the House had the votes appear …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi calls an emergency meeting on push for ‘robust’ public option
Discussion: Pajamas Media
CNN:
Optional public option enters health care talks
Discussion: Open Left and AMERICAblog News
Ezra Klein:
House health-care bill likely to cover more, cost families less, than Senate bill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Palin Endorses Hoffman  —  Sarah Palin's decision to endorse the Conservative party candidate over the Republican nominee in a special House election in upstate New York is the latest example that the former Alaska governor's allegiance is to her conservative principles rather than the edicts of the party.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-23 race first test of tea party power
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
NY poll suggests Hoffman supporters wouldn't back rival
Washington Post:
Top employees leave financial firms ahead of pay cuts  —  Grass is greener where bonuses are sky-high  —  NEW YORK — Even before the Obama administration formally tightened executive compensation at bailed-out companies, the prospect of pay cuts had led some top employees to depart.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SUNDAY SHOW BOOKERS REFUSE TO READ POLITICAL ANIMAL.... Maybe I should start taking this personally. … For crying out loud.  As of this weekend, there will have been 40 Sundays since President Obama's inauguration in January.  With his 15th Sunday show appearance, McCain will have been a guest on one of the programs every 2.6 weeks.
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
McCain To Make His 15th Appearance On A Sunday Show This Year
Discussion: Riehl World View
Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times:
Soupy Sales dies at 83; slapstick comic had hit TV show in 1960s  —  The comedian acquired a cult-like following among adults with a show ostensibly meant for children.  His signature routine, which he elevated to an art form, was pie-throwing.  —  Soupy Sales is embraced backstage …
Saeed Shah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Suicide bomber strikes suspected nuclear weapons site in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD — A suspected nuclear weapons site in Pakistan was hit by a suicide bomb attack, raising fears about the security of the nuclear arsenal, while two other terrorist blasts made it another bloody day in the country's struggle against extremism.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Jeffrey Goldberg:
J Street's Ben-Ami On Zionism and Military Aid to Israel  —  Jeremy Ben-Ami of the liberal lobbying group J Street is the man of the moment: The group's upcoming conference in Washington has become a source of great controversy for many reasons.  I interviewed Ben-Ami yesterday by telephone …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Elie Wiesel to Keynote CUFI Conference Sunday
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Commentary
Boston Herald:
Bay State liberals shun Barack Obama's visit  —  President Obama blows into the bluest state today facing a cold shoulder from once true-blue admirers, as gay rights activists, anti-war protesters and vexed environmentalists vow to picket a fund-raiser he's headlining for Gov. Deval Patrick - a marquee event that hasn't even sold out.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Mitt Romney / UnionLeader.com:
Stepping away from Israel will weaken the United States
Discussion: The Fix and democracyarsenal.org
John Del Cecato / The Hill:
Balloon juice  —  The Colorado Balloon Boy incident says something …
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Democrats on House committee lock out Republicans
Discussion: Power Line and Sweetness & Light
New York Post:
Graydon AWOL as Vanity Fair cuts staff
Discussion: Gawker
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
A Lone Cleric Is Loudly Defying Iran's Leaders
Rasmussen Reports:
73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Hill
Emily Kaiser / City Pages:
Bong water is an illegal drug, Minn. Supreme Court rules
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Arguments Against Gay Marriage Literally Stop Making Sense