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6:05 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 …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Obama, in Media Blitz, Snubs ‘Whining’ Fox  —  President to Hit All Sunday News Talk Shows, Except Network That Skipped His Speech  —  As President Barack Obama goes on an unprecedented presidential blitz of media appearances, the White House is in a war of words with the network that did not get an interview: Fox.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Steele ‘curious’ that W.H. asks black governor to not seek reelection  —  Michael Steele said it was “curious” on why the White House would ask New York Gov. David Paterson (D) not to run for reelection in 2010.  —  “I found that to be stunning, that the White House would send word …
Discussion: Moe Lane
NY Daily News:
Obama administration asks Paterson not to seek reelection
Discussion: New York Post and RedState
Patrick Ishmael / The Greenroom:
Breitbart: Prepare for a “blockbuster” “from left field” next week; Update: A clue?  ; Update: NEA?  —  Below is what appears to be the full interview of Andrew Breitbart from yesterday's Savage Nation radio broadcast.  I've cued up the relevant portion, which is in Part 2; just press play.
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Obama rebuffs call to nix interrogation probe  —  In his first public comments on Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to launch an inquiry into Bush-era interrogations of terror suspects, President Barack Obama said he doesn't want to see any “witch hunts” but won't interfere with the Justice Department's efforts to enforce the law.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Patterico's Pontifications:
Breitbart Promises New Bombshell from “Left Field”
Discussion: Moe Lane
Washington Wire:
Obama Backs Acorn Probe  —  Siobhan Gorman reports from Washington.  —  Acorn is getting attention from the highest levels of government: President Barack Obama Sunday joined the call for an investigation.  —  Obama, in an appearance on ABC, said he backed an investigation …
Discussion: Big Government
Chris Frates / Politico Live's Blog:
Issa to ACORN: Will you come before Congress?
Discussion: Big Government
Washington Post:
For ACORN, Video Is Only Latest Crisis
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
An amazing political video, nothing to do with Obama, McCain, Clinton or even Biden  —  Every once in a while in our around-the-clock online wanderings, The Ticket comes upon something special.  A serendipitous surprise.  And we decide to share it.  —  This is one of those times.
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
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Stephen M. Walt / Washington Post:
Settling for Failure in the Middle East
Discussion: TPMCafe and The Raw Story
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Leading Senator Pushes New Plan to Oversee Banks
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
Discussion: Think Progress
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Obama weighs in on jobs outlook into next year
Discussion: The Washington Note
 Earlier Items: 
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