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3:05 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.
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 …
The Corner on National Review Online:
Obama on Missile Defense: Alarming and Dangerous — By: NRO Staff  —  It is with good reason that the American people are focused on the economy and domestic issues — we continue to lose jobs, amass record-breaking deficits, and the president is promoting a plan to add a trillion dollar health burden.
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
Obama abandons European missile defence shield
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   The Revised European Missile Shield - Timing Is Everything
Andrew Osborn / Telegraph:
Analysis: Barack Obama's missile shield decision will be cheered in Russia
Discussion: Don Surber and RedState
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.
Washington Wire:
Tea Party Protesters Protest D.C. Metro Service  —  Brody Mullins reports on money and politics.  —  Protesters who attended Saturday's Tea Party rally in Washington found a new reason to be upset: Apparently they are unhappy with the level of service provided by the subway system.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   Metro Was Ill-Prepared for March, Texas Congressman Says
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   Tea Baggers Who Feel They're ‘Taxed Enough Already’ …
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.
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
Discussion: The Politico and Big Government
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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Dodd Inching Back Up In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Slide Continues  —  Connecticut voters disapprove 49 - 43 percent of the job Sen. Christopher Dodd is doing, his best score in six months and better than his 52 - 42 percent disapproval July 23, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
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 …
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Analysis: Baucus Health-Care Bill Appears to Be Moving Forward  —  On the surface, it appears that no one is happy with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) — and that may be the best news President Obama has had in months.  —  Within minutes of the release of the Senate Finance Committee chairman's …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grassley: Bipartisan health bill would have been possible within weeks
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb  —  VIENNA (AP) - Experts at the world's top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a secret report seen by The Associated Press.
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.
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?”
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Pelosi: Democrats facing toughest midterms ever  —  The 2010 congressional elections will be the “toughest midterm elections Democrats have ever faced,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) acknowledged today.  —  Pelosi made the statement in a fundraising pitch for the Democratic Congressional …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TPMDC
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
John Boehner struggles to keep up with base  —  “I would point out that the greatest anxiety about the president's policies tends to come from independents,” he said.  —  Long before the tea parties or Wilson's outburst, Boehner and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) had struggled to moderate …
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Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
House to Vote on Student Loan Overhaul
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
The Huffington Post:
Insurance Company Must Pay $10 Million For Revoking Policy Of Teen With HIV
Discussion: Think Progress
Greg Mueller / Human Events:
Reagan Coalition Redux
Discussion: Hot Air and George's Bottom Line
Michael Steele / The Politico:
It's not racism, it's being an American
Discussion: Think Progress
Jeffrey Goldberg:
“Every Book Gets the Readers it Deserves”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and David Rothkopf
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: North Carolina Senate
Jim Hoft / Big Government:
Far Left Mouthpiece Marc Lamont Hill Smears O'Keefe and Giles …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The distracting benefits of ACORN hysteria
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems push expanded Community Reinvestment Act; deny Act's role …
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The Cat and the Tiger  —  Rory Stewart for the win:
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Democrats join GOP czar wars
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Baltimore Sun:
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