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11:50 PM ET, September 20, 2009

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama open to newspaper bailout bill  —  The president said he is “happy to look at” bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.  —  “I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them …
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Dave Murray / Toledo Blade:
Newspaper journalism gets words of praise Print media's role vital, Obama says  —  Saying he is a “big newspaper junkie,” President Obama expressed hope on Friday that newspapers can find their way through the financial crisis most are now mired in.  —  In an Oval Office interview with editors …
Discussion: YID With LID
Ian Johnston / Telegraph:
Sand artist Kseniya Simonova winner of Ukraine's Got Talent becomes internet hit  —  Sand artist, Kseniya Simonova, who moved audiences to tears as she won Ukraine's Got Talent, has become an online sensation with more than two million hits.  —  Miss Simonova, 24, drew a series of pictures …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
An amazing political video, nothing to do with Obama, McCain, Clinton or even Biden  —  Every once in a while in our around-the-clock online wanderings, The Ticket comes upon something special.  A serendipitous surprise.  And we decide to share it.  —  This is one of those times.
Discussion: RedState
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
What's Breitbart Got Next?  —  Andrew Breitbart of BigGovernment.com has stopped being subtle about hinting he has another scoop on order for next week.  It's apparently not another ACORN story.  Patterico speculates about what it is. ...  P.S.: Breitbart's a friend of mine, though I have some fundamental disagreements with him.
Discussion: QandO
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Breitbart Promises New Bombshell from “Left Field”  —  Andrew Breitbart, a driving force behind the recent revelations of ACORN's utter lawlessness, is promising a “blockbuster” from “left field” next week.  Speculation is rampant: what will it be?  —  Keep reading and it may just become obvious.
Discussion: Carol's Closet and Moe Lane
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax  —  President Obama signaled in our interview that he was prepared to address some of the concerns raised by key Senator Jay Rockefeller, who called the Baucus bill a “big middle class tax increase” this week.  —  That means he'll support more subsidies for middle class families.
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Julian Borger / Guardian:
Barack Obama ready to slash US nuclear arsenal  —  Pentagon told to map out radical cuts as president prepares to chair UN talks  —  Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Backed Into A Corner, Boehner Admits That Obama Is Not A Socialist  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele recently sent out a fundraising letter saying that President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are attempting a “socialist power grab.”  Today on NBC's Meet the Press …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Obama, in Media Blitz, Snubs ‘Whining’ Fox  —  President to Hit All Sunday News Talk Shows, Except Network That Skipped His Speech  —  As President Barack Obama goes on an unprecedented presidential blitz of media appearances, the White House is in a war of words with the network that did not get an interview: Fox.
Associated Press:
Romney taunts Democrats with memories of Carter  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney reflects conservatives' growing confidence when he taunts Democrats, saying “I'll bet you never dreamed you'd look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days.”
Discussion: The Greenroom and Gateway Pundit
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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Huckabee wins Values Voter's 2012 straw poll
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
You Have No Idea What Health Costs  —  If You Did, You Might Just Want Real Reform  —  The most important health-care document released this week was not Sen. Max Baucus's Healthy Future Act.  It was the Kaiser Family Foundation's 2009 Employer Benefits Survey.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Steele ‘curious’ that W.H. asks black governor to not seek reelection  —  Michael Steele said it was “curious” on why the White House would ask New York Gov. David Paterson (D) not to run for reelection in 2010.  —  “I found that to be stunning, that the White House would send word …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
STILL NOT JOURNALISM.... Fox News spent months promoting last weekend's right-wing protests in Washington, encouraging viewers to go register their outrage.  And during the event itself, the Republican news network went a step further, encouraging the crowd to get louder once the cameras were on.
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Suzanne Sataline / Wall Street Journal:
Lazio to Enter N.Y. Governor's Race  —  Rick Lazio, a former Republican congressman from Long Island, N.Y., will announce on Tuesday that he's running for governor, a spokesman said.  —  Mr. Lazio, who served four terms in Congress, chose in 2000 to run for Senate.  He lost to Hillary Clinton, who is now secretary of state.
Discussion: MyDD
Chris Frates / Politico Live's Blog:
Issa to ACORN: Will you come before Congress?  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) challenged ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis on Sunday to come before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to explain how her group used its federal funding, which Congress voted to cut off last week.
Discussion: Big Government
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Washington Wire:
Obama Backs Acorn Probe
Discussion: Big Government
Washington Post:
For ACORN, Video Is Only Latest Crisis
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Petre / Daily Mail:
Christian hotel owners hauled before court after defending their beliefs in discussion with Muslim guest  —  A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.
 
 
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Obama: Afghanistan strategy is still a work in progress
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Obama rebuffs call to nix interrogation probe
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Battle Looms Over the Patriot Act
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Jackie Northam / NPR:
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