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3:40 PM ET, October 24, 2009

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Washington Post:
Prognosis improves for public insurance  —  MOMENTUM SHIFT IS DRAMATIC Top Democrats push option in health-care legislation  —  Democratic leaders in the Senate and House have concluded that a government-run insurance plan is the cheapest way to expand health coverage …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RIGHT FALLS FOR ‘THESIS’ HOAX.... Right-wing pundit Michael Ledeen published an item this week on Barack Obama's “college thesis,” which Obama allegedly wrote as a student at Columbia 25 years ago.  Leeden cited some website, which ran a piece in August.
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Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
So desperate they'll believe anything — the fake Obama thesis debunked  —  It really gets to be pretty pathetic sometimes, watching the conservatives grasp at every straw they can in order to attack and discredit a president they don't like.  —  If you listened to Rush Limbaugh today or visited Fox Nation …
George Will / Washington Post:
George F. Will on GOP lightning rod Michele Bachmann  —  When Marcus Bachmann came home that Saturday evening in 2000, he checked the telephone answering machine and was mystified by the many messages congratulating his wife for something.  “Michele,” he said, “do you have something to tell me?”
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Our Obama-Approved News Team At Work  —  Rachel Maddow is Obama Approved!  So how is this trusted source for President Approved Punditry doing?  Uhh, not so well on the accuracy front, but she still delivers some good Bush-bashing!  Bob Somerby has been keeping an eye on Ms. Maddow, heroically sparing us the trouble:
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
Muslim White House volunteer ÂÂ'misled' about talk show stint  —  Panel had members of anti-Western group under U.S. scrutiny  —  A Muslim member of President Obama's faith council says she was misled about the nature of a British TV talk show on which she was recently interviewed.
Discussion: Commentary and Harry's Place
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Business Fights Back  —  His organization under attack by the White House, the president of the Chamber of Commerce stands by his defense of free enterprise.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “One thing I can tell you: They can go out and chase me and chase the Chamber and put stuff in the newspaper.
Discussion: The Hill and Commentary
Washington Post:
Lally Weymouth interviews Benjamin Netanyahu  —  Lally Weymouth of Newsweek and The Post interviewed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.  Excerpts:  —  Q. What did you think of the Goldstone report?  —  A. I thought there were limits to hypocrisy but I was obviously wrong.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THIS WEEK IN GOD.... First up from the God Machine this week is a column from Catholic League President Bill Donohue, published by the WashingtonPost.com's “On Faith” website, an influential and widely-read faith-based site.  (via TS)  —  While Donohue has a well-deserved reputation for publishing angry …
Jeff Greenfield / CBS News:
President Obama's Feud with FOX News  —  After Months of Taking Heat from FOX News Stars, the White House is Firing Back  —  (CBS) After months of taking incoming fire from the prime-time stars of Fox News, the Obama White House is firing back, charging that FOX News is different from all other news.
Discussion: Tom Watson and NewsBusters.org
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
WH: We're Happy To Exclude Fox, But Didn't Yesterday With Feinberg Interview
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Minions Are Ingrates  —  The Bush administration did leave a plan for Afghanistan.  —  On October 18, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows and, in the process of answering questions about Barack Obama's strategy on Afghanistan …
Discussion: Commentary and Power Line
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Small Business Faces Sharp Rise in Costs of Health Care  —  As Congress nears votes on legislation that would overhaul the health care system, many small businesses say they are facing the steepest rise in insurance premiums they have seen in recent years.  —  Insurance brokers …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Scott Goldstein / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas police ticketed 39 drivers in 3 years for not speaking English  —  sgoldstein@dallasnews.com  —  Dallas police wrongly ticketed at least 39 drivers for not speaking English over the last three years, Police Chief David Kunkle announced Friday while promising to investigate …
 
 
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Arizona May Put State Prisons in Private Hands
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