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8:35 PM ET, September 19, 2009


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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
In Edwards Scandal, a Chapter Winds Down  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The story of the spectacular rise and fall of John Edwards, with its sordid can't-look-away dimensions, is moving slowly but deliberately to its conclusion here in North Carolina.  —  Mr. Edwards, the one-term senator …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Media Matters: This right-wing frenzy is reminiscent of Dallas 1963  —  Uh huh.  And we all remember what happened when a certain radical right-winger — who defected to the Soviet Union, married a Russian woman, and tried to assassinate a far-right anti-communist American general — got JFK in the crosshairs in Dallas.
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Althouse and Daimnation!
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Remembering Irving Kristol  —  I didn't know Irving Kristol well, but I knew him for a long time.  There are many people who can say the same thing.  He was the central figure in the post-Watergate revival of conservatism and the Republican Party.  Sadly, the “movement” that he created, neoconservatism, is pretty well dead.
Paulburka / Texas Monthly:
Let them eat chili  —  This is the YouTube link for Perry's comments yesterday about Texas being recession-proof before an audience of business leaders in Houston.  —  Here is the transcript of what Perry said:  —  “Why is Texas kind of recession-proof, if you will?
Discussion: PoliBlog
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Gov. Perry laughs off recession: 'We're in one?'  —  Speaking to the Houston Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) discounted the fact that Texas is in a deep economic downturn.  In an anecdote to the assembled business leaders, Perry quipped that when he was approached …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Brezinski Calls for Obama to Shoot Down Israeli Jets; “A Liberty in Reverse”  —  In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
G.O.P. Checks for a Pulse, and Finds One  —  WASHINGTON — Less than a year after an election that nearly wiped them out politically, conservatives are showing signs of life.  —  They are still searching for new leaders and new ideas.  Their victories have been more about taking advantage …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate jockeying begins on Baucus bill  —  Members of the Senate Finance Committee filed more than 500 amendments to Chairman Max Baucus's health care reform bill, setting the stage for a markup next week that will lay bare differences between the parties on overhauling the health care system.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Swampland
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
The Amendments Are In — All 564 of Them  —  Senator John D …
John / Power Line:
Are You A Racist?  —  These days it's hard to tell.  If you think government-run medicine is a bad thing, former President Jimmy Carter and many other Democrats say you're most likely a racist.  So explains everything in this handy chart; click to enlarge:
Discussion: QandO and Moderate in the Middle
Brij Khindaria / The Moderate Voice:
The futility of American deaths in Afghanistan  —  In Afghanistan, the US is heading towards futility if not defeat mainly because no policy maker in Washington or its allied European capitals is willing to notice the bull in the china shop obvious to others.
Paul Krugman:
Memories of the Carter Administration  —  One of John Updike's novels was titled Memories of the Ford Administration; needless to say, it wasn't about Gerald Ford — basically it was about sex, because Updike remembered the Carter years as the golden age of extramarital affairs.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House gets a trilateral  —  Despite a failure to reach agreement on the conditions required to begin negotiations, Israeli and Palestinian leaders will offer the White House's peace efforts a symbolic boost and offer President Obama the kind of feel-good international moment that has been hard to come by:
Discussion: The Swamp
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weekly remarks: Sue Myrick on healthcare costs, options; Obama on financial reforms  —  Weekly remarks by President Obama, as provided by the White House  —  Leaders of the world's largest economies will gather next week in Pittsburgh for the second time this year.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
President presses for financial regulations
Discussion: The Confluence and The Politico
Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC:
Governor Romney's address to the 2009 Values Voters Summit  —  Thank you all very much.  Tony, I appreciate your very kind words.  And my thanks to all of you for the warm welcome.  It's good to see so many friends and leaders of the conservative movement from across America.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huckabee takes first in straw poll  —  Mike Huckabee cruised to an easy victory in a presidential straw poll taken among attendees at a social conservative conference, beating a group of four other Republican contenders by an over two-to-one margin.  —  Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor …
Discussion: The Note
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