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9:25 AM ET, September 1, 2009


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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Time for the U.S. to Get Out of Afghanistan  —  “Yesterday,” reads the e-mail from Allen, a Marine in Afghanistan, “I gave blood because a Marine, while out on patrol, stepped on a [mine's] pressure plate and lost both legs.”  Then “another Marine with a bullet wound to the head was brought in.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
George Will calls for pull-out  —  George F. Will, the elite conservative commentator, is calling for U.S. ground troops to leave Afghanistan in his latest column.  —  “[F]orces should be substantially reduced to serve a comprehensively revised policy: America should do only what can be done from offshore …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. fears liberal war pressure
Wall Street Journal:
Health-Care Anger Has Deeper Roots
Discussion: Washington Post
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Gen. McChrystal calls for overhaul of Afghanistan war strategy
William Branigin / Washington Post:
U.S. General Calls for New Strategy Against Taliban
Discussion: and Below The Beltway
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Glenn Greenwald  —  Twice in the past month, my private communications have been splashed about the internet.  That such a thing would happen is unfortunate, and dishonorable, but sadly inevitable, I suppose.  I ignored the first case, in which a rather pathetic woman acolyte of Greenwald's published …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Please, Not In Front Of The Kids (Or The Sockpuppets... Or The Editors)  —  Joe Klein wastes his pixels and our time lighting into Glenn Greenwald.  Whatev - Klein will never be able to move far enough left to placate his audience, as much as he tries - the Atrios/Greenwald screamers …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein:
Chuck Grassley Fundraises Against Health-Care Reform  —  Chuck Grassley is facing a potentially difficult primary challenge in 2010.  As such, he's been working hard to cover his right flank.  That would all be fine except for one thing: As ranking member of the Finance Committee …
Joe Klein / Swampland:   Adios  —  Looks like the charade of including Chuck Grassley …
Washington Wire:
Gibbs Tells Off Sen. Enzi Over Health Care Remarks
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Torture's Ugly Dialogue  —  Call him Ishmael.  —  Call him a terrorist or a suicide bomber or anything else you want, but understand that he is willing — no, anxious — to give his life for his cause.  Call him also a captive, and know that he works with others as part of a team …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gibbs responds: Why is anyone still listening to Dick Cheney?  —  In an interview with Fox News Sunday yesterday, Vice President Cheney aggressively attacked Attorney General Eric Holder for opening preliminary investigation into CIA interrogation abuses.  He called it an “outrageous political act …
Discussion: The Reaction
Fox News:   White House Fires Back After Cheney Calls CIA Probe ‘Political’
Brad Jackson / The New Ledger:
Why Does Nancy Pelosi Have a Problem With Patriotic Music?  —  If you've ever been stuck on hold with a congressional office in the past, at least you've been able to enjoy some good patriotic music, as opposed to the lilting tones of generic smooth jazz that have been driving elevator users insane for decades.
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
YOU CAN'T KEEP A BAD MAN DOWN  —  SPITZER IS EYEING A COMEBACK  —  Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been privately talking with friends about a possible comeback, and is considering a run for statewide office next year, several sources told The Post.
Les Leopold / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Looming Health Care Disaster: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places  —  “For the first time in American history, he wants to tax your health benefits.  Apparently, Senator McCain doesn't think it's enough that your health premiums have doubled.  He thinks you should have to pay taxes on them, too.”
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics:
Who is Jennifer?  Another Case of Inter-Campaign Trickery  —  Bob McDonnell's campaign received a call this morning from a woman who called herself “Jennifer” and claimed to be a freelance reporter from the Connection newspapers in Northern Virginia.  She asked for information about McDonnell's schedule.
Political Punch:
ABC News Exclusive: National Security Adviser Says President Obama Is Having Greater Success Taking Terrorists Out of Commission Than Bush Did  —  Responding to criticism from former Vice President Cheney that President Obama is making the nation more vulnerable to terrorism …
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Despite setbacks, Frum beats on  —  Even if the former governor of Alaska fades away before the 2012 presidential election, David Frum thinks “the Palin problem is still with us.”  —  And as long as that's the case, Frum — the conservative pundit and former George W. Bush speechwriter — will be here, too.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Recharge Enforcement of Civil Rights  —  WASHINGTON — Seven months after taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is reshaping the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division by pushing it back into some of the most important areas of American political life …
The Politico:
House Dems plot health care comeback  —  In late July, Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder was a fired-up partisan, declaring that health care was going to be transformed “under President Obama's leadership.”  —  By mid-August, the physician and moderate Democrat had been humbled …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
New York Post:
HYPOCRITE CHARLIE: PUNISH TAX SLIP-UPS  —  WASHINGTON — Even as he fends off accusations about his own failure to pay taxes and fully disclose his financial dealings, Rep. Charles Rangel had quietly slipped into the health-care bill broad new provisions cracking down on taxpayers in proceedings with the IRS, The Post has learned.
Jonathan Allen / Notepad:
Obama Asks Federal Workers to Sacrifice  —  Citing the current economic recession — and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks eight years ago — President Obama says he will use emergency powers to cut the programmed across-the-board January increase in federal employees' pay from 2.4 percent to 2.0 percent …
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Sens. Boxer, Kerry delay climate bill  —  Sens. Barbara Boxer and John Kerry said Monday the climate bill they are writing would not be finished until later in September.  —  The bill was expected to be ready when lawmakers returned next week.  —  “Because of Senator Kennedy's recent passing …
Discussion: The Politico, Don Surber and Redhot
Ashley Surdin / Washington Post:
3 Americans Charged With Traveling to Cambodia for Sex With Children  —  Men Arrested in Cambodia Are the First Prosecuted Under Trafficking Initiative  —  Three Americans accused of traveling to Cambodia to have sex with children are expected to be charged in federal court here …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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