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1:40 PM ET, September 17, 2009


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Peter Spiegel / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Shelves Nuclear-Missile Shield  —  Czech Interim Prime Minister Gets Midnight Call  —  WASHINGTON — The White House will shelve Bush administration plans to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, a move likely to cheer Moscow and roil the security debate in Europe.
New York Times:
White House to Scrap Bush's Approach to Missile Shield  —  WASHINGTON —President Obama announced on Thursday that he will scrap former President George W. Bush's planned missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic and instead deploy a reconfigured system aimed more at intercepting shorter-range Iranian missiles.
Nile Gardiner  —  Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator.  He appears frequently on American and British television and radio, including Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, Sky News, and NPR.  —  Barack Obama surrenders to Russia on Missile Defence
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
U.S. scraps missile defense shield plans  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration will scrap the controversial missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Thursday.  —  The comment followed similar statements from officials …
Anger in Europe as Barack Obama ‘scraps missile defence shield’  —  Reports that US President Barack Obama is to scrap plans to deploy a missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic have provoked anger in Europe.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported that the US is to shelve the plan …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Czech Premier: Obama Scrapping Missile Shield  —  President Obama appears poised to abandon plans for a missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic that had been embraced by the administration of former president George W. Bush and cheered in Eastern Europe, but had deeply angered Russian leaders.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Revised European Missile Shield - Timing Is Everything
Obama abandons European missile defence shield
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Corner on National Review Online:
Obama on Missile Defense: Alarming and Dangerous — By: NRO Staff
Discussion: Newsweek, and GOP 12
New York Times:
White House Fact Sheet on Missile Program
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Boehner: Killing missile shield was ‘ill-advised’
Andrew Osborn / Telegraph:
Analysis: Barack Obama's missile shield decision will be cheered in Russia
Discussion: Don Surber and RedState
The Corner on National Review Online:
Obama Made the Right Decision on Missile Defense — By: NRO Staff
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Biden ‘less concerned’ about long-range Iran threat
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Obama's Cold War moment
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
ACORN Video: Prostitution Scandal in San Diego, CA  —  With 70 miles of stunning beaches and picture-perfect weather all year round, having fun during the summer in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money.  —  The city combines old-fashioned Mexican charm with a modern edge.
David Von Drehle / Time:
Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America?  —  On Sept. 12, a large crowd gathered in Washington to protest ... what?  The goals of Congress and the Obama Administration, mainly — the cost, the scale, the perceived leftist intent.  The crowd's agenda was wide-ranging, so it's hard to be more specific.
New York Post:
Pelosi: I'm clueless about cash cut-off  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday she is clueless about an amendment to prohibit government funds for embattled ACORN, although it overwhelmingly passed the Senate Monday and the White House is calling for the group to be held accountable.
Michelle Malkin:
Triple-snort-worthy: White House “distances” itself from ACORN  —  Good thing I wasn't drinking coffee when I read the Politico headline about Team Obama trying to run away from ACORN:  —  “W.H. distances from activist group”  —  Choking.  Up.  With.  Laughter.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Metro Was Ill-Prepared for March, Texas Congressman Says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Tea Baggers Who Feel They're ‘Taxed Enough Already’ …
Discussion: Shakesville
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Sotomayor Challenges Corporate Law  —  WASHINGTON — In her maiden Supreme Court appearance last week, Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a provocative comment that probed the foundations of corporate law.  —  During arguments in a campaign-finance case, the court's majority conservatives seemed persuaded …
William Grimes / New York Times:
Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary Dies at 72  —  Mary Travers, whose ringing, earnest vocals with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary made songs like “Blowin' in the Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” enduring anthems of the 1960s protest movement, died on Wednesday at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Gets Highest Approval on Iraq, Lowest on Deficit  —  Little change in Obama approval on economy, healthcare  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Of the seven specific issue approval ratings measured in a Sept. 11-13 USA Today/Gallup poll, President Obama gets his highest rating (56%) on his handling of Iraq …
David Hume Kennerly / Lens:
Essay: Chop and Crop  —  [David Hume Kennerly is a former contributing editor of Newsweek.  He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his photographs of the Vietnam War.  A response from Newsweek follows immediately below.]  —  The Sept. 14th Newsweek cover line — “Is Your Baby Racist?”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Cat and the Tiger  —  Rory Stewart for the win: … And don't forget this Rory Stewart classic: … Anyways, you shouldn't just listen to the guy who has the best jokes, but I think these are good points.
Jeanna Bryner /
Teen birth rates highest in most religious states  —  Link may be due to communities frowning on contraception, researchers say  —  U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Democrats join GOP czar wars  —  In the war on the czars, Glenn Beck and the GOP are picking up reinforcements from an unlikely source: the Democratic Party.  —  The Fox News host and leading Republican lawmakers have been hammering President Barack Obama for weeks over a proliferation of policy …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
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Discussion: TPMDC and Weasel Zippers
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The distracting benefits of ACORN hysteria
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems push expanded Community Reinvestment Act; deny Act's role …
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Discussion: The Monkey Cage
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Energy ‘Sprawl’ and the Green Economy
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
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DNC jumps into czar story
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Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMCafe
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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Michelle Obama turns to health care
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
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