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2:40 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 …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: White House tries to bar Fox News from interviewing pay czar
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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Matt Cover / CNSNews:
When Asked Where the Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans To Buy Health Insurance, Pelosi Says: ‘Are You Serious?’  —  (CNSNews.com) - When CNSNews.com asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Liberal Groups Take Direct Aim At Rahm, Demand White House Take …
Discussion: TalkLeft and AMERICAblog News
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi calls an emergency meeting on push for ‘robust’ public option
Discussion: The Hill, Pajamas Media and TPMDC
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, Liberal Values and MyDD
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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.
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.
Mike Allen / Reuters:
FRIENDS PUSH AILES FOR PRESIDENT
Discussion: Gawker, TVNewser and The Awl
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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The Note:
Pawlenty ‘Concerned’ About NY GOP Candidate; Plans Endorsement Soon
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.
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Rise of the mob economy
Discussion: Townhall.com
CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP favorable rating lowest in a decade  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Party's favorable rating among Americans is at lowest level in at least a decade, according to a new national poll.  —  Thirty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday …
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.
New York Post:
Graydon AWOL as Vanity Fair cuts staff  —  VANITY Fair yesterday took some of the deepest staff cuts at Condé Nast, but Editor  —  Graydon Carterdidn't deliver the bad news himself.  —  Although Carter was said to have been at his restaurant, The Monkey Bar last night, he was a no-show at the office during the day.
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and The Awl
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Chinese Disconnect  —  Senior monetary officials usually talk in code.  So when Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, spoke recently about Asia, international imbalances and the financial crisis, he didn't specifically criticize China's outrageous currency policy.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
It's His Rubble Now  —  And the American people want him to fix it.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  At a certain point, a president must own a presidency.  For George W. Bush that point came eight months in, when 9/11 happened.  From that point on, the presidency—all his decisions, all the credit and blame for them—was his.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Interview: Gorbachev Criticizes Russia's Ruling United Russia Party  —  In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Russia Service, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, which he blamed for fraud in regional elections earlier this month.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Cable
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Energy ‘naysayers marginalized’
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Quiet Revolution  —  A few weeks ago, “Saturday Night Live” …
Anill / Think Progress:
Lou Dobbs Rips Stossel: A ‘Self Important Ass’ With ‘Myopic Idiocy’
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Bush: I regret standing in front of the ‘Mission Impossible’ banner.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Will a Public Option Really Be Financially Independent?
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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Democrats on House committee lock out Republicans
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BBC:
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