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2:30 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.
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 …
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.
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
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?”
Discussion: 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.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   Tea Baggers Who Feel They're ‘Taxed Enough Already’ …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   Metro Was Ill-Prepared for March, Texas Congressman Says
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Pelosi: Democrats facing toughest midterms ever
Discussion: TPMDC
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi concerned about potential for political violence like S.F. in '70s
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grassley: Bipartisan health bill would have been possible within weeks
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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?”
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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Jim Hoft / Big Government:
Far Left Mouthpiece Marc Lamont Hill Smears O'Keefe and Giles …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Dukakis ducks question of filling Kennedy seat
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The distracting benefits of ACORN hysteria
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems push expanded Community Reinvestment Act; deny Act's role …
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Ron Wyden / New York Times:
Health Reform's Missing Ingredient
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Michelle Obama turns to health care
Discussion: Washington Post
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Baltimore Sun:
Sword-wielding Hopkins student kills intruder
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