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4:15 PM ET, September 20, 2009


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New York Times:
Paterson Says He Will Run, Rejecting Call From Obama  —  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 …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Steele ‘curious’ that W.H. asks black governor to not seek reelection
Discussion: Moe Lane
NY Daily News:
Obama administration asks Paterson not to seek reelection
Discussion: New York Post and RedState
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 …
Washington Post:
For ACORN, Video Is Only Latest Crisis
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Washington Wire:
Obama Backs Acorn Probe
Discussion: Big Government
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.
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.
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):
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Backed Into A Corner, Boehner Admits That Obama Is Not A Socialist  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele recently sent out a fundraising letter saying that President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are attempting a “socialist power grab.”  Today on NBC's Meet the Press …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
An amazing political video, nothing to do with Obama, McCain, Clinton or even Biden
Discussion: RedState
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Battle Looms Over the Patriot Act
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Poll Finds Deeds Gaining on McDonnell
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