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11:30 AM ET, September 22, 2009


 Top Items: 
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  —  Something is not quite right about the conventional wisdom about the Afghanistan war.  For nearly eight years, yearly casualties in Afghanistan sometimes were less than a month's losses in the dire days in Iraq (e.g. …
Michelle Malkin:
The jihadi threat to rail security
Discussion: Washington Post
Giles Whittell / Times of London:   World Agenda: Is Afghan surge Obama's Cuba moment?
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Bill Clinton: Health debate not racial at core
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
When Speechwriters Kiss and Tell  —  A man I hired was not the star he thought he was.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When the sun rises over our capital city this morning, its denizens will awake to a truly novel tale: The aggrieved ex-staffer—wait for it!—disillusioned by Washington.
Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Bludgeons Humana  —  A preview of coming political health-care attractions.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Political intimidation has always been part of the current Congress's health-care strategy: “If you're not at the table, you're on the menu” is tattooed on every lobbyist and industry rep in Washington.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Washington Post:
Sen. Baucus's Health-Care Bill Would Ease Financial Burden on Middle Class
Lewis Krauskopf / Reuters:
Health co-ops seen minor risk to HMOs, for now
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Firedoglake
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.”
City Journal:
The Art of Corruption  —  There are all kinds of corruption.  Some are pretty easy to identify.  You can't miss it when a congressman sells the public's vote for money, say, or a husband sets his personal promises at nothing in order to score some extracurricular sex.
Discussion: Power Line, alicublog 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.
Radley Balko / Reason:
The “Tenther” Smear  —  The American Prospect, The New Republic, and other left-of-center outlets are pushing the “Tenther” smear, aimed at lumping those who, horrors!, still take seriously the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in with the Obama birth certificate deniers and 9/11 truthers.
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The Politico:
Peter Wehner  —  Peter Wehner, former Deputy Assistant …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Joe Wilson passes $2 million mark  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson has now raised over $2 million in campaign contributions since he shouted “You lie!” at the president earlier this month.  —  A campaign aide confirmed that Wilson surpassed the $2 million mark on Monday.
Discussion: Shakesville and Wake up America
Ian Talley / Environmental Capital:
Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy  —  This post was updated Monday evening.  —  When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Ambulances race to Byrd's home  —  Ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched to the Northern Virginia home of Sen. Robert Byrd Tuesday morning.  —  A neighbor of the 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat said several ambulances were outside his residence in McLean, Va., and a Byrd spokesman said the senator suffered a fall in his home.
Discussion: The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Waning Demographics of Suburbia  —  I'm not sure how much success Fayetteville, Georgia will have in “retrofitting suburbia” but this point about demographics is dead-on: … Insofar as the great appeal of suburbia is that people like to raise children in suburbs, then it makes sense …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama defends U.S. on climate change  —  President Barack Obama downplayed congressional delays in climate change legislation as he worked to win over world leaders who are skeptical of America's commitment to the issue.  —  Addressing the U.N. Climate Change Summit in New York on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
Boston Globe:
Dukakis is the best choice to fill Senate vacancy  —  THE MASSACHUSETTS Senate could vote as early as today on a bill to let Governor Patrick name an interim replacement for Senator Edward Kennedy.  State senators should pass the measure, and Patrick should be ready to make an appointment quickly.
Discussion: The Hill, Cogitamus and TPMDC
New York Times:
The Rights of Corporations  —  The question at the heart of one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this year is simple: What constitutional rights should corporations have?  To us, as well as many legal scholars, former justices and, indeed, drafters of the Constitution …
Discussion: The BLT, SCOTUSblog and Prairie Weather
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 …
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Funny or Die:
Protect Insurance Companies PSA
Discussion: Cogitamus
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Outfoxes the Chicken Tax
Discussion: Club for Growth
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Did You Get the Memo? Howard Dean is Shrill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Puerto Rico and other territories left out of healthcare reform
Ohio SOS Brunner rules State Sen. Husted is not a resident of his elected district
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Debate due on naming Senate fill-in
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Washington / Chicago Sun Times:
Cheryle Jackson leaps into political name game
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
Joshua Foust / New York Times:
Maladies of Interpreters
Discussion: Danger Room and
Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
Court restores safeguards for grizzly bears
Discussion: naked capitalism
Los Angeles Times:
Immigrant population in California declines
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Marcus Stern / The Politico:
Ross raises eyebrows with healthy haul
Discussion: Prairie Weather