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9:25 PM ET, September 17, 2009


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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.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Polish PM wouldn't take U.S. calls  —  Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk confirmed today that he declined last night to take a call from the U.S. informing him of the decision to scrap planned missile-defense bases in his country.  —  Two U.S.-based sources close to the Polish government …
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.
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
Ben Smith / The Politico:
What does U.S. get for missile move?
Discussion: Hot Air
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi concerned about potential for political violence like S.F. in the 1970s  —  A usually steely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday began to tear up when, in responding to a question about the tone of the national debate, she recalled the politically charged violence that tore through …
The Note:
Nancy Pelosi Chokes Up Amid Fears of Political Violence  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that she's worried that angry words directed at President Obama could incite political violence — and cited incidents of violence in her hometown of San Francisco in the 1970s in expressing her concern.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Pelosi: Democrats facing toughest midterms ever
Discussion: TPMDC
Video: Nancy Pelosi Worries About Tea Protest Violence. …
New York Post:
Pelosi: I'm clueless about cash cut-off
Discussion: YID With LID and Michelle Malkin
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Pelosi chokes up over potential for political violence
Discussion: GayPatriot
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:   Republicans Denounce Pelosi for Warning Against ‘Incitement’
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Baucus bill booed at Obama health rally  —  President Obama's mention of Sen. Max Baucus's healthcare proposal drew boos Thursday at a healthcare rally at the University of Maryland.  —  By contrast, the left-leaning crowd cheered Obama when he endorseed a public health insurance option …
Domenico Montanaro /
Discussion: Think Progress
Ezra Klein:
Chuck Grassley's Legislative Tease
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Monthly
Publius / Big Government:
HOUSE VOTES TO DEFUND ACORN-FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL  —  FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 718 (Democrats in roman; Republicans in italic; Independents underlined)  —  H R 3221 RECORDED VOTE 17-Sep-2009 2:06 PM  —  QUESTION: On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
House votes to block ACORN funding
Discussion: Salon and Taylor Marsh
Srhee / Boston Globe:
House votes to cut off ACORN funding
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.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Beck vs. Limbaugh  —  GOP media strategist Mark McKinnon thinks there are two people in the world who fear Glenn Beck — even if “neither will admit it.”  —  The first is Barack Obama.  —  The second is Rush Limbaugh.  —  Beck is on a huge roll.  Over the last month …
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.
Oklahoma City, OK:
75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — Only one in four Oklahoma public high school students can name the first President of the United States, according to a survey released today.  —  The survey was commissioned …
Discussion: Don Surber
Raw Story:
Limbaugh: We need segregated buses  —  In a remark extraordinary even by the standards of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio heavyweight declared on his program Wednesday that the United States needed to return to racially segregated buses.
Bob Driehaus / New York Times:
Ohio Plans to Try Again as Execution Goes Wrong  —  CINCINNATI — The State of Ohio plans to try again next week to execute a convicted rapist-murderer, after a team of technicians spent two hours on Tuesday in an unsuccessful effort to inject him with lethal drugs.
Discussion: and Law Blog
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Expand the House?  —  WASHINGTON — In America, democracy follows the simple principle of one person, one vote, right?  —  Unless, that is, you live in Montana, where your vote carries a little more than half as much weight in the House of Representatives as that of someone living in Rhode Island.
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Obama as witch doctor: Racism or satire?  —  (CNN) — Posters portraying President Obama as a witch doctor may be racist, organizers of Tea Party protests say, but they reflect anger about where he is leading the country.  —  The posters, showing Obama wearing a feather headdress …
Discussion: Salon
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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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Working Class Zero
Discussion: Salon
Warner Todd Huston / Publius Forum:
Obama's Website Quietly Drops Support of Public Option
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Indiana Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Congressman: Centrist Dems approaching GOP about health bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
A Book Worth Reading
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul and Sarah Palin: The Ross Perot moment
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Associated Press:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Greg Mueller / Human Events:
Reagan Coalition Redux
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Steele / The Politico:
It's not racism, it's being an American
Discussion: Think Progress
Rasmussen Reports:
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