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10:25 AM ET, September 22, 2009


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Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Biden on 2010: If GOP Succeeds, It's ‘The End of the Road for What Barack and I Are Trying to Do’  —  ABC News' Karen Travers reports:  —  Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama's agenda.
New York Times:
White House Takes Aggressive Role in State Races  —  WASHINGTON — The White House's intervention in the race for New York governor is the latest evidence of how President Obama and his top advisers are taking an increasingly direct role in contests across the country, but their assertiveness …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Biden: GOP wins would be “end of the road”  —  Vice President Joe Biden on Monday said if Republicans succeed in winning back the House in 2010, it would be the “end of the road” for the White House's agenda.  —  At a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Biden said the prospects …
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan  —  Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration.  According to McClatchy …
Leslie H. Gelb / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Befuddling Afghan Policy  —  Why is the president hesitating on more troops to fight his ‘war of necessity’?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  I'm lost on President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy—along with most of Congress and the U.S. military.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Two-Front Wars — Theirs and Ours — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Discussion: Dean's World and Dr. Sanity
Giles Whittell / Times of London:   World Agenda: Is Afghan surge Obama's Cuba moment?
Washington Post:
Sen. Baucus's Health-Care Bill Would Ease Financial Burden on Middle Class  —  Seeking to lock down votes before Tuesday's meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Max Baucus began reworking his health-care overhaul to ease the financial burden on middle-class Americans who would be required …
CBS News:
Obama Tells Letterman: I Was Black Before the Election  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli Addressing suggestions that recent criticism of his health care reform efforts has been grounded in racism, President Obama this afternoon quipped, “I think it's important to realize that I was actually black before the election.”
New York Times:
A Pragmatist, Gates Reshapes Policy He Backed  —  WASHINGTON — On his tenth day on the job, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed off on an ambitious if politically charged plan to build a new missile shield in Europe.  Just two weeks later, he supported an even more wrenching decision …
Wall Street Journal:
When Speechwriters Kiss and Tell
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Commentary
The Politico:   Peter Wehner  —  Peter Wehner, former Deputy Assistant …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.D.I.C. May Borrow Funds From Banks  —  WASHINGTON — Tired of the government bailing out banks?  Get ready for this: officials may soon ask banks to bail out the government.  —  Senior regulators say they are seriously considering a plan to have the nation's healthy banks lend billions …
SEK / The Edge of the American West:
Conservatives are outraged over an actual outrage?  Color me impressed.  —  It may have taken awhile, but thanks to Patrick Courrielche's exposé at, of all places, Big Hollywood, conservatives are positively fuming over the Bush Administration's decision to funnel $2.2 billion through …
Dana Loesch / Big Government:
Conference Call Transcript Implicates Fed Art Agency in Government …
City Journal:
The Art of Corruption
Discussion: Power Line and The Greenroom
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Glenn Beck: Harmful to the Conservative Movement  —  Unlike others associated with Time magazine, David von Drehle is a skilled, careful, and perceptive writer.  So I was interested in his cover story on FOX News's Glenn Beck, who is considered to be a red-hot commodity these days.
Grant McCool / Reuters:
U.S. charges Obama fund-raiser in $290 million fraud  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Redhot and POWIP
La Gringa / La Gringa's Blogicito:
Zelaya says he is in Honduras  —  Chávez's Venezuelan Telesur TV reported this morning that Mel Zelaya had returned to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  In an interview on a local television channel (voice only, no video), Zelaya would not disclose his location but said that he will be giving …
Ousted leader returns to Honduras
Discussion: FP Passport
David Corn / MoJo Sections:
Clinton on Gore: “I Thought He Was in Neverland”  —  On Monday, USA Today ran a front-page article on the soon-to-be-released book chronicling a series of secret interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch held with President Bill Clinton throughout the Clinton presidency.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Lucrative Business of Israel-Bashing  —  The MacArthur genius grants are to be officially announced today, and along with deserving recipients such as Jerry Mitchell, a very brave journalist I know from my work on Preacher Killen, and Lynsey Addario, a very brave photographer …
Rasmussen Reports:
41% of Minnesota Voters Give Franken Positive Ratings  —  Democrat Al Franken has been a U.S. senator for less than three months, but 41% of Minnesota voters think he is doing a good or excellent job.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports finds that 31% of voters in the state say Franken …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Debate due on naming Senate fill-in  —  GOP to end stalling tactics  —  Leaders of the state Senate expect to begin debate this morning on a bill that would let Governor Deval Patrick appoint an interim successor to Edward M. Kennedy, potentially paving the way for appointment of a new US senator later this week.
Andrew Pierce / Telegraph:
Prince Charles urges people to abandon car in favour of walking and public transport  —  The Prince of Wales is urging people to give up their cars in favour of walking and public transport to try to reduce carbon emissions.  —  The Prince, who has two Jaguars, two Audis …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Strangers to Dissent, Liberals Try to Stifle It  —  It is an interesting phenomenon that the response of the left half of our political spectrum to criticism and argument is often to try to shut it down.  Thus President Obama in his Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress told us to stop …
Los Angeles Times:
Immigrant population in California declines  —  Survey data point to a dramatic shift in the nation and show the recession's effect on foreign-born residents.  —  Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington - More than three decades of rapid growth in the country's foreign-born population came …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
The Politico:
DELAY CATCHES ‘DANCE’ FEVER  —  Tom DeLay made his long-awaited “Dancing with the Stars” debut Monday night.  The former House Majority Leader and partner Cheryl Burke performed the cha-cha to “Wild Thing.”  —  “You are crazier than Sarah Palin!” judge Bruno Tonioli remarked at the end of DeLay's act.
Mark Hamblett /
2nd Circuit Revives Suit Targeting Power Plant CO2 Emissions  —  Post a Comment Printer-friendly Email this Article Reprints & Permissions  —  Global warming lawsuits brought by New York State and others who challenged major utilities on carbon-dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants …
Joshua Foust / New York Times:
Maladies of Interpreters  —  IN counterinsurgency, the most important thing is winning over the local population.  Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander in charge of all NATO forces in Afghanistan, was right to warn that a “crisis of confidence among Afghans” imperils the effort to rebuild the country.
Discussion: Danger Room and
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Ian Talley / Environmental Capital:
Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
U.S. Plans to Shift Forces to Populated Areas of Afghanistan
Laura Washington / Chicago Sun Times:
Cheryle Jackson leaps into political name game
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The Rights of Corporations
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Its About Who Runs The Country
Little Green Footballs:
Again with the Grossly Inflated Numbers, Part Deux
Discussion: Deltoid and Sing City Chronicles