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10:05 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
Patterico's Pontifications:
Breitbart's Next News Drop: The NEA, the White House, The Lies and the Cover-Up
Discussion: Big Hollywood and alicublog
Dana Loesch / Big Government:
Conference Call Transcript Implicates Fed Art Agency in Government …
Patrick Courrielche / Big Hollywood:
Full NEA Conference Call Transcript and Audio
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  —  (updated below)  —  Advocates of escalation in Afghanistan chose Bob Woodward to “reprise his role as warmonger hagiographer” by publishing Gen. Stanley McChrystal's “confidential” memo to the President arguing for increased troops.
Peter Feaver / Shadow Government:
Bob Woodward strikes again! (McChrystal assessment edition)
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Top Pentagon official: McChrystal's report is just “one input”
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.
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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 …
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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.
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
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   Obama gets serious in late night
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
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
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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Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Ousted President Returns to Honduras
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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.
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.
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 …
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
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Its About Who Runs The Country  —  One of the stronger criticisms of the Progressive Block campaign for a public health insurance option is that the versions of the public option that have made it through congressional committees are so weak as to have a minimal impact on health care costs and coverage.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Expansion Update  —  A couple months ago I told you we were expanding (actually doubling the size of) our reporting staff at TPM.  So I wanted to give you a quick update.  —  Over the summer I asked TPM's Managing Editor David Kurtz to relocate from Missouri to Washington, DC to head up a new TPM DC office.
Reuters:
Russia general says missile plan not shelved  —  ZURICH (Reuters) - Russia's top general said on Monday that plans to deploy missiles in an enclave next to Poland had not been shelved, despite a decision by the United States to rethink plans for missile defense in Europe.
 
 
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Lesley Stahl / wowOwow:
‘I Was Left With the Impression Ted Jr. Would Run for Public Office Someday’ (Video)
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
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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 …
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Five Health Care Promises Obama Won't Keep
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New York Post:
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U.S. racism ‘everywhere,’ says Dave Matthews
Chairman Julius Genachowski / OpenInternet.gov:
Read the Speech  —  “Preserving a Free and Open Internet …