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2:50 PM ET, September 20, 2009


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New York Times:
White House Asks That Paterson Drop Campaign  —  Gov. David A. Paterson defiantly vowed to run for election next year despite the White House's urging that he withdraw from the New York governor's race.  —  Appearing tired and agitated at a parade in Harlem on Sunday, the governor told …
NY Daily News:
Obama administration asks Paterson not to seek reelection
Discussion: New York Post and RedState
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
What Did Dave Matthews Know And When Did He Know It?  —  Good Neil Lewis NYT story on John Edwards today—nothing much that a local TV station, the National Enquirer and kausfiles didn't have more than a month ago, except this fabiulous nugget (from Ex-Fall Guy Andrew Young's book proposal):
Charles Lipson / Chicago Tribune:
Independent prosecutor for ACORN  —  ACORN is in very deep, very public trouble, and the U.S. attorney general should appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate.  What we know so far is due entirely to two amateur reporters, James E. O'Keefe III, 25, and Hannah Giles, 20 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
STILL NOT JOURNALISM.... Fox News spent months promoting last weekend's right-wing protests in Washington, encouraging viewers to go register their outrage.  And during the event itself, the Republican news network went a step further, encouraging the crowd to get louder once the cameras were on.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama on ACORN: 'Not Something I've Followed Closely' Won't Commit to Cut Federal Funds  —  It was one of the most popular topics among the questions you submitted to me for my interview with President Obama - the controversy involving ACORN.  —  While the President said that ACORN …
Associated Press:
Romney taunts Democrats with memories of Carter  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney reflects conservatives' growing confidence when he taunts Democrats, saying “I'll bet you never dreamed you'd look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huckabee takes first in straw poll
Discussion: MyDD and The Note
FBI Arrests Three Men in Terror Plot that Targeted New York  —  The FBI arrested three men overnight on charges they lied to federal agents during an investigation of a terror plot against New York City that authorities say was “the real deal.”  —  Agents in Denver arrested Najibullah Zazi …
Robert M. Gates / New York Times:
A Better Missile Defense for a Safer Europe  —  THE future of missile defense in Europe is secure.  This reality is contrary to what some critics have alleged about President Obama's proposed shift in America's missile-defense plans on the continent — and it is important to understand how and why.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Hitting Talk Shows, Obama Defends Health Care Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama saturated the television talk shows on Sunday to promote his health care agenda as he seeks to build public support for the plan and allay fears that the government is seeking to take over the nation's health care system.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Even Glenn Beck Is Right Twice a Day  —  IF only it were just about the color of his skin.  —  With all due respect to Jimmy Carter, the racist component of Obama-hatred has been undeniable since the summer of 2008, when Sarah Palin rallied all-white mobs to the defense of the “real America.”
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax  —  President Obama signaled in our interview that he was prepared to address some of the concerns raised by key Senator Jay Rockefeller, who called the Baucus bill a “big middle class tax increase” this week.  —  That means he'll support more subsidies for middle class families.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Shocking News — A Mitt Romney Flip-Flop!  —  Dave Weigel points out that Mitt Romney is now slamming the TARP bill that he once favored.  Shocking to see that guy change his position on something.  —  But Romney aside, it's striking to see the number of conservatives who've decided …
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 …
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Jackie Northam / NPR:
‘Civilian Surge’ Plan For Afghanistan Hits A Snag
Discussion: and
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama's media blitz: The public option absolutely is not dead
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Obama weighs in on jobs outlook into next year
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Belatedly, Egypt Spots Flaws in Wiping Out Pigs
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Poll Finds Deeds Gaining on McDonnell
Discussion: Below The Beltway and The Page
Richard / EU Referendum:
Coprophagia watch  —  There was much warmist trumpeting last week …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
CIA expanding presence in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Agonist and GroupIntel