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Drudge Report:
FOX-TV CHICAGO ORDERED NOT TO RUN ANTI-OLYMPICS STORY  —  A local TV station that reported on Chicagoans NOT wanting the Olympics has been told NOT to run the report again, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT!  —  The Chicago Olympic Committee told FOX Chicago that its broadcast “would harm Chicago's chances” to be awarded the games.
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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 4:10 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 …
Political Punch:
President Obama: Copenhagen Bound
Discussion: Moe Lane and ABCNEWS
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   The Chicago Machine  —  A Republican emails this morning:
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 …
Kate Harding / Salon:
Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child  —  Roman Polanski raped a child.  Let's just start right there, because that's the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in “exile” …
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.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A War President?  —  All spring and summer, it looked …
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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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
New York Times:
Reid the Quarterback May Call on Obama to Referee  —  WASHINGTON — As the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, takes on the delicate task of melding two competing versions of major health care legislation, aides say he will lean heavily on President Obama to arbitrate …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cassandras of Climate  —  Every once in a while I feel despair over the fate of the planet.  If you've been following climate science, you know what I mean: the sense that we're hurtling toward catastrophe but nobody wants to hear about it or do anything to avert it.  —  And here's the thing: I'm not engaging in hyperbole.
James Fallows:
One crucial B. McCaughey update  —  I have deliberately laid off the Betsy McCaughey theme for the past month-plus.  I had my say; she continues to have hers; people can make up their minds.  —  But revelations late last week by Tim Dickinson, of Rolling Stone, are at face value so important that they deserve to be underscored.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
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 …
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” …
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 …
Miles Moffeit / Denver Post:
New website can't track paths of federal stimulus grants  —  The goal was to build a reporting system that allows the public to follow the zigzagging paths of dollars awarded under the $787 billion federal stimulus package.  —  A financial GPS of sorts.  —  But despite federal lawmakers' pledge …
Darren Samuelsohn / New York Times:
Boxer, Kerry Set to Introduce Climate Bill in Senate  —  Ending some nine months of closed-door deliberations, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) will release global warming legislation Wednesday that they hope will be the vehicle for broader Senate negotiations and an eventual conference with the House.
Radley Balko / Reason:
The Infallible Prosecutor  —  A prosecutor manufactures evidence in order to win a conviction.  After the convicted serves 25 years in prison, exculpatory evidence pointing to another perpetrator surfaces.  The convicted is released.  Should he be able to sue the prosecutor who concocted the false evidence used to convict him?
Discussion: Angry Bear
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Liberals seek health-care access for illegals  —  Democrats give demands  —  Fearful that they're losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Fred Thompson spurns GOP special election nominee  —  Former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson just announced he's backing the Conservative Party candidate in the special election in New York's 23rd district.  —  In the latest sign that GOP state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Lack of competitive open seats could hinder GOP election gains  —  Republicans have touted 2010 as their comeback year, but the GOP lacks one key ingredient that could turn a good election night into a great one: open seats to win.  —  In the last three “wave elections,” …
 
 
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