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2:30 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
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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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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Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
There Are Only Two Choices Left on Iran  —  An Israeli or U.S. military strike now, or a nuclear Tehran soon.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Unless you are a connoisseur of small pictures of bearded, brooding fanatical clerics there is not much reason to collect Iranian currency.
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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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Washington Post:
Iran Tests Missiles On Eve Of Talks
Discussion: The Nation, New York Times and The Page
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Leave Jim Cooper Alone!  —  It's really amazing how much effort national progressives are putting into going after Jim Cooper.  Posts by national bloggers giving Coop crap for a pushing healthcare reform bill that doesn't provide for a public option is one thing.
 
 
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