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12:30 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
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
New York Times:
White House Fact Sheet on Missile Program
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Obama Admin Smears Missile Defense
Obama abandons European missile defence shield
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Jon Stewart to media on ACORN: “Where the hell were you?”  —  Kudos to Jon Stewart, who doesn't sugar-coat the embarrassment at all — to the apparent delight of his audience, who get kudos of their own.  How can the national news media ignore the many allegations of corruption at ACORN …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and YID With LID
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
W.H. distances from activist group
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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?”
Baltimore Sun:
Sword-wielding Hopkins student kills intruder  —  Intruder was repeat offender, released from prison Saturday  —  Hours earlier, someone had broken into John Pontolillo's house and taken two laptops and a video-game console.  Now it was past midnight, and he heard noises coming from the garage out back.
Discussion: New Jersey Online and WyBlog
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