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9:05 PM ET, September 21, 2009

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Patrick Courrielche / Big Hollywood:
EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO Reveals White House Using NEA to Push Partisan Agenda  —  **NEA conference call full audio and transcript here**  —  Should the National Endowment for the Arts encourage artists to create art on issues being vehemently debated nationally?
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John / Power Line:
The Rest of the Story  —  In recent weeks, the Obama administration has been mired in setbacks and scandals.  One of these, at least, has not yet received the attention it deserves—that is, the administration's effort to enlist artists in support of its policy agenda.  —  Most likely, you're generally aware of the story.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Astroturfing the NEA: Winner & Associates in on the Scheme?  (UPDATED)  —  Color me unsurprised to find out that an employee of Winner and Associates — who you'll recall we revealed were behind the astroturfing campaign to discredit Sarah Palin — was in on the National Endowment …
Discussion: 24Ahead
Patrick Courrielche / Big Hollywood:
Full NEA Conference Call Transcript and Audio
Patterico's Pontifications:
Breitbart's Next News Drop: The NEA, the White House, The Lies and the Cover-Up
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
McChrystal: More Forces or ‘Mission Failure’  —  Top U.S. Commander For Afghan War Calls Next 12 Months Decisive  —  The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Our war-loving Foreign Policy Community hasn't gone anywhere
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Top Pentagon official: McChrystal's report is just “one input”
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Secret interviews add insight to Clinton presidency  —  BALTIMORE — The call from the White House usually would come in late afternoon.  President Clinton had a few hours open in the evening.  Could he come over?  —  Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and civil rights historian …
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Times of London:
Secret Service picked up drunken Yeltsin during Washington visit
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans More Likely to Say Government Doing Too Much  —  Belief that government is over-regulating business is at high for decade  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are more likely today than in the recent past to believe that government is taking on too much responsibility for solving …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘GOVERNMENT’ STILL NOT POPULAR.... The need for bold …
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Breaking news: ZELAYA BACK IN HONDURAS  —  According to Noticias 24 reports that deposed president Mel Zelaya is back in Honduras, staying at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.  —  CNN reports that State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed the news,
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CNN:
Ousted president back in Honduras
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Truthdig
CBS News:
Beck: McCain Would've Been Worse  —  Controversial Fox News host Glenn Beck tells Katie Couric he thinks GOP nominee John McCain would have been worse for the country than Hillary Clinton or Pres. Barack Obama.  Go to CBSNews.com/katiecouricwebshow for more.  —  See all 43 Comments
Jeremy Wallace / Political Insider:
Jeb Bush on Rubio, Obama and running for president  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had plenty to say about a whole lot of different issues on Friday when he spoke to the Lakewood Ranch Republican Club.  —  I've already told you about his change of heart on oil drilling and his frustration …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and TPMDC
David Henderson / EconLog:
The Feds' Attack on Freedom of Speech  —  Not the Fed, as in Bernanke, but the Feds, as in the federal government.  —  Here are excerpts from an AP news story that just came in: … And the most chilling two paragraphs: … One of the ways that governments try to “win” debates is to make debate by the other side illegal.
Discussion: CBS News
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
HHS investigates Humana for Medicare mailer warning seniors on health overhaul
Discussion: Hot Air and Villainous Company
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool, RedState and Hot Air
New York Times:
Key Senator Says He Will Alter Health Proposal  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, said Monday that he would modify his health care bill to provide more generous assistance to moderate-income Americans, to help them buy insurance.
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
The Obama Roadblock: Why He's Sagging Online  —  If you chart the daily viewership of Barack Obama's official channel on YouTube, you might conclude that being President of the United States is the kiss of death for online enthusiasm.  Here's TubeMogul's full chart from January 20 to present …
Discussion: American Power and Washington Post
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Little Green Footballs:
Again with the Grossly Inflated Numbers, Part Deux  —  Tim Blair joins the crowd of right wing bloggers trying to spin up the attendance numbers at the Washington DC tea party, responding to my post about Metrorail ridership by quoting the Heritage Foundation, who, as we all know, are completely unbiased (ahem): BIGNESS ENSMALLENED.
Discussion: Deltoid and Sing City Chronicles
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 …
Bloomberg:
Fed Rejects Geithner Request for Study of Governance, Structure  —  Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve Board has rejected a request by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a public review of the central bank's structure and governance, three people familiar with the matter said.
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.”
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
Ezra Klein:
Olympia Snowe's Amendments  —  It's becoming pretty common for Hill and administration sources to tell me that “Olympia Snowe is more of a Democrat than some of the Democrats.”  What they mean by that is that she's pushing for a level of affordability and subsidies and consumer protections …
 
 
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
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Joann Loviglio / Associated Press:
Pelosi says health reform will pass within weeks
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Steven E. Levingston / Short Stack:
Health Care, Race and Political Polarization
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Blame the Political Institutions, Not Political Will for Climate Action Problems
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Why Democrats Don't Want to Pass a 51-Vote Health Care Bill …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Interim senator bill headed for Tuesday vote
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Washington Post:
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Expansion Update
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Five Health Care Promises Obama Won't Keep
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New York Post:
It's Coming!
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Denise Quan / CNN:
U.S. racism ‘everywhere,’ says Dave Matthews
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Chairman Julius Genachowski / OpenInternet.gov:
Read the Speech  —  “Preserving a Free and Open Internet …