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5:25 PM ET, September 15, 2009


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Leah Thorsen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tape shows beating on bus of Belleville West student  —  This video frame grab shows one student attacking another while on a bus ride to school at Belleville West High School on Monday.  Editor's note: The underage victim's face has been blurred to protect his identity.
Michelle Malkin:
A teachable moment: Racial thuggery in St. Louis  —  This is absolutely horrifying for any parent to watch. reports that police say the black-on-white student beating was completely unprovoked and racially motivated.  Watch as many students cheer the attack — and the bus driver is nowhere to be seen:   Police: Bus camera shows attack on Belleville West student was racially motivated
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Questions about Bush's conservative principles  —  How many times during the last eight years did you hear that George W. Bush was a dangerous right-wing extremist?  Probably too many to count.  —  What you heard less often were expressions of the deep reservations some conservatives felt about Bush's governing philosophy.
David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Former Speechwriter Says Bush Slammed Obama, Predicted Palin Debacle  —  Former president George W. Bush had a flair for insulting the people fighting to be his successor, former speech writer Matt Latimer reveals in the October issue of GQ.  The piece, an excerpt from Latimer's forthcoming book …
Discussion: Don Surber
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Bush's Speechwriter Dishes
NY Daily News:
George W. Bush slammed other politicians during presidency …
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Bush reportedly called McCain ‘a five-spiral crash,’ …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Wilson's wife: “I said 'Joe, who's the nut who hollered out, “You lie”?'”  —  The latest entry in Rep. Joe Wilson's energetic online efforts to reclaim control of his narrative, and raise a bundle off his new high profile, is an unusually entertaining testimonial from his wife.
Mark Salter / Real Clear Politics:
The Media's Pathetic Double Standard  —  I think Joe Wilson is a boor (both Joe Wilsons, for that matter, the Republican House member from South Carolina and the former diplomat).  I can't watch Glenn Beck for two minutes without being repulsed by his equal parts maudlin and pompous shtick.
Discussion: Hot Air, POWIP and The Rhetorican
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: Republicans will be on their own on vote to punish Wilson
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
OBAMA CALLS KANYE ‘JACKASS’  —  ABC's Terry Moran set the Twitter-sphere all aflutter when he wrote:  —  We've reached out to Moran and will update this post when we learn more.  —  Now, an ABC spokesperson explains to POLITICO what happened:  —  “In the process of reporting on remarks …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
ABC's Moran removes tweet with Obama swipe at Kanye
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:   Tweeting What Obama Said Off-the-Record About Kanye: Now THAT's Terry
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Nevada Senate Race  —  Harry Reid Trails Republican Challengers in 2010 Election  —  In what is currently a difficult political climate for Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trails two potential Republican challengers seeking to unseat him as he faces reelection next year in Nevada.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid threatens to cancel October break
Discussion: TPMDC, Congress Matters and MyDD
New York Times:
New Objections to Baucus Health Care Proposal  —  WASHINGTON — Two of the three Republicans in a small group trying to forge a bipartisan compromise on health care have requested numerous major changes in a proposal drafted by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, reducing the chances that he can win their support.
Fox News:
Congressman Suggests People Will Don ‘White Hoods’ If Wilson Not Rebuked  —  In an obvious reference to the Ku Klux Klan, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., says that people will put on “white hoods and ride through the countryside” if emerging racist attitudes, which he says were subtly supported by Rep. Joe Wilson, are not rebuked.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
‘You Lie!’ Shout Brings Vote on Sanction
Andrea Shea King / The Radio Patriot:
“THE WHOLE THING IS COMING UNDONE.  BRACE YOURSELVES”  —  Glenn Beck just wrapped up what had to be the most compelling radio I've heard... and lately, most of his shows have been pretty compelling.  —  Whew, where to start?  Well, how about this: you should make it a point to do two things today …
David Frum / The New Majority:
Whose Side is Glenn Beck On?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Post Magazine Killed ‘Depressing’ Story  —  On one point, there is no dispute: Katharine Weymouth did not like the subject of a Washington Post Magazine story that was headed toward publication and the piece wound up being killed.  —  Weymouth, publisher of The Post, told the story's author …
Discussion: City Desk, Firedoglake and Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Washington Post Advertisers Want Cheerier Stories
Discussion: Eschaton
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pete Stark won't pee on your leg  —  Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif), was getting the tea party treatment at a meeting with seniors in Fremont when a 65-plus guy in the audience launched into a diatribe about the public option.  —  The man, to the hoots and hollers of his compatriots in the crowd …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘EVIDENCE’ OF A LIBERAL MEDIA.... I pay no attention to celebrity-related news, so it never occurred to me to read the Washington Post's obituary of actor Patrick Swayze.  But the Media Research Center's Tim Graham checked it out, and found evidence that “the Washington Post is a liberal newspaper.”
Tim Graham /
WaPo Patrick Swayze Obit Gets to His Drag-Queen Movie Before ‘Red Dawn’
Discussion: Washington Post and Sadly, No!
Jeremy Lott / The Politico:
So far, Obama's failing miserably  —  When he ran for president, George W. Bush promised to be a modest reformer at home and a humble representative of the United States on the world stage.  The Al Qaeda-organized-and-funded terrorist attacks of eight years ago changed all that.
Jesse Walker / Reason:
The Paranoid Center  —  On June 10, 2009, an elderly man entered the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, raised a rifle, and opened fire, killing a security guard named Stephen Tyrone Johns.  Two other guards shot back, wounding the gunman before he could end any more lives.
Discussion:, Hot Air and The Agitator
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
ACORN Organizer: “I killed him . . . I shot him.”  —  The fourth installment of James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles's undercover report on ACORN is supposed to drop within the hour at and will be aired on Glenn Beck at 5:00 p.m. This time the duo took their sting operation to California …
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Mike Roman / Big Government:
Exclusive: ACORN Illegally Operating in Maryland  —  Last week, we saw some pretty disturbing activities revealed in the undercover footage from ACORN Housing's Baltimore office.  By any measure of conduct, the actions of ACORN's employees should never have happened.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House GOP to call for total cutoff of federal funds to ACORN  —  Today House Republicans will introduce a bill that would end all federal funding to ACORN and its affiliates.  Republicans are also sending a letter to President Obama on the same subject.  The action comes after the release …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
House guidelines for Presidential put-downs  —  House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has released a helpful, updated primer for members regarding their conduct on the floor and in committees.  —  Especially useful: The section on how to properly insult the executive branch in the in the chamber.
Discussion: Moonbattery
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Support for Afghan war at all-time low  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Tuesday morning indicates that 39 percent …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Santorum may challenge ‘injurious’ Obama  —  Rick Santorum affirmed on an RNC conference call — aimed at attacking Arlen Specter — that he's considering a run for president in 2012 — because, he said, the Obama presidency is “injurious to America.”  —  “The dynamic has changed,” Santorum said.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin's new career  —  The much-courted former governor signs …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on the Ticker: RNC to spend $7 million in Virginia race
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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Media Malpractice: Tom Brokaw's World Implodes
Hannah Giles / Big Government:
The Science Behind the ACORN Sting
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Military Chief Says More Troops Needed for Afghan War
Discussion: MyDD and JustOneMinute
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
U.S. Health-Costs Panel to Rebut ‘Stingy’ Budget Office Savings
Discussion: Swampland
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Republican ‘birther’ rappers perform at 9/12 rally.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Rights Group Assailed for Analyst's Nazi Collection