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2:45 PM ET, September 28, 2009

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Michelle Malkin:
Olympics Crony Watch: You can't say that!  —  In our latest edition of Olympics Crony Watch...the silencing of dissent.  Hey, it's the Chicago way.  —  Drudge reports that WFLD-TV has been ordered not to broadcast an anti-Olympics segment again.  —  Meanwhile, as I noted last week …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Copenhagen-bound for IOC  —  by Mark Silva and updated again at 1:25 pm EDT  —  Let the games begin:  —  President Barack Obama, who initially planned to let First Lady Michelle Obama represent the United States in Copenhagen this week, when the International Olympic Committee chooses …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   The Chicago Machine  —  A Republican emails this morning:
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Iran smolders, Afghanistan burns, and Obama heads to...Denmark
Nancy O'Hara / Breitbart.tv:
REPORT: CHICAGO FOX STATION ORDERED NOT TO AIR ANTI-OLYMPICS STORY
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Patterico's Pontifications:
WaPo Columnist Has Undisclosed Conflict of Interest on Roman Polanski Matter  —  In an earlier post I noted substantial inaccuracies and omissions in a post by Washington Post pundit Anne Applebaum in support of Roman Polanski.  (For example, she said Polanski fled during his trial; in fact …
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Anne Applebaum / PostPartisan:
The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski  —  Of all nations, why was it Switzerland — the country that traditionally guarded the secret bank accounts of international criminals and corrupt dictators — that finally decided to arrest Roman Polanski?  There must be some deeper story here …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Reid Spokesman Shoots Down Report That He's Nixing Public Option
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anonymous Senate Aides Suggest Reid May Nix Public Option From Senate Bill
Amanda Carpenter / The washington times Blogs:
U.S. commander in Afghanistan talked with Obama only once  —  The military general credited with capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, says he has spoken with President Obama only once since taking command in Afghanistan.
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Obama can't downsize to success in Afghanistan  —  The president appears to be dragging his feet on more troops for the struggle, but that's what an effective counterinsurgency strategy requires.  —  During last year's campaign, Barack Obama stressed that while he wanted to withdraw from Iraq, he was no pacifist.
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Daily Express:
SAUDIS WILL LET ISRAEL BOMB IRAN NUCLEAR SITE  —  INTELLIGENCE chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran's new nuclear site.  —  The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials …
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Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
There Are Only Two Choices Left on Iran
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Whitman, Fiorina reject California GOP ‘straw poll’  —  (CNN) - Two Republican statewide candidates in California are touting the results of a state GOP convention straw poll that showed conservative activists overwhelmingly rejecting the gubernatorial bid of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Secret Agent Editors  —  The Obama scandals bring a new era of opacity at the New York Times.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  (Editor's note: This is an abbreviated edition of Best of the Web Today.  We're on assignment, returning Thursday.)  —  Clark Hoyt, “public editor” …
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Wall Street Journal:
Max's Mad Mandate  —  The Baucus health bill will break 50 state budgets via Medicaid.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The more we inspect Max Baucus's health-care bill, the worse it looks.  Today's howler: One reason it allegedly “pays for itself” over 10 years is because it would break …
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James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Bank Pulls Back From Acorn Work  —  Already facing the loss of federal government funding, the community-organizing group Acorn also has run afoul of one of its big corporate partners, Bank of America Corp.  —  In response to questions from The Wall Street Journal, a spokesman for the banking company …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.  —  NASHVILLE — Liz Cheney looks nothing like her father, but it is clear who he is.  She was introduced as “our favorite vice president's daughter” at a recent gathering of conservative women here.  She kept invoking him in her speech …
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
The Limits of Charisma  —  Mr. President, please stay off TV.  —  If ubiquity were the measure of a presidency, Barack Obama would already be grinning at us from Mount Rushmore.  But of course it is not.  Despite his many words and television appearances, our elegant and eloquent president remains …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Huckabee in St. Louis: Get America Out of the U.N.  —  ST. LOUIS — Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), speaking to a very friendly dinner crowd at the “How To Take Back America” conference, said that he'd “nearly had an Elvis moment” watching this week's United Nations general assembly sessions …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Huckabee: Send the U.N. to Saudi Arabia
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iran Reported to Have Tested Long-Range Missiles  —  PARIS — Locked in a deepening dispute with the United States and its allies over its nuclear program, Iran was reported Monday to have test-fired its longest-range missiles capable of striking Israel, parts of Europe and American bases …
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BBC:
Iran tests longest range missiles
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Silencing Dissent  —  Something is rotten in the state of Egypt.  —  The Obama administration's Arab-Israeli peace process is in more trouble than even the White House realizes.  To be sure, the Israelis and Palestinians are both dug in, and when the president sought baby steps …
 
 
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