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9:40 AM ET, September 22, 2009


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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. …
Discussion: Dean's World and Dr. Sanity
Giles Whittell / Times of London:   World Agenda: Is Afghan surge Obama's Cuba moment?
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama gets serious in late night
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
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 …
Dana Loesch / Big Government:
Conference Call Transcript Implicates Fed Art Agency in Government Co-Opt of Arts Community  —  The White House is attempting to mimic Leni Riefenstahl by rounding up those in the arts and entertainment industry and using them as the vehicles through which President Obama can peddle his agenda.
John / Power Line:
The Rest of the Story  —  In recent weeks, the Obama administration …
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:
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 for more.  —  See all 43 Comments
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Peter Wehner  —  Peter Wehner, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.  —  Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director …
Lewis Krauskopf / Reuters:
Health co-ops seen minor risk to HMOs, for now  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Health care cooperatives have won new prominence as a way the U.S. government may try to provide alternative insurance options for Americans as part of an overhaul of the nation's health system.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Firedoglake
New York Times:
Key Senator Says He Will Alter Health Proposal
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 …
Discussion: 2.0, RedState and Gateway Pundit
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.”
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: Redhot, Gateway Pundit and POWIP
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 …
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 …
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 …
Laura Washington / Chicago Sun Times:
Cheryle Jackson leaps into political name game  —  When Cheryle Jackson formally launched her campaign for the U.S. Senate last week, she kicked it off with a major name change.  Cheryle Jackson is now Cheryle Robinson Jackson.  —  Family considerations were behind the switch, she tells me.
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
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
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 …
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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Little Green Footballs:
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Why Democrats Don't Want to Pass a 51-Vote Health Care Bill …
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