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6:10 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.
Nick Gillespie / Big Government:
How to Corrupt Artists in One Quick and Easy Telecon
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Rusty / The Jawa Report:   Astroturfing the NEA: Winner & Associates in on the Scheme?  (UPDATED)
Patrick Courrielche / Big Hollywood:
Full NEA Conference Call Transcript and Audio
Discussion: The Greenroom
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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Peter Feaver / Shadow Government:
Bob Woodward strikes again! (McChrystal assessment edition)
Washington Post:
Changes in Afghanistan, Washington May Require Shift in U.S. War Strategy
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Self-Correcting Presidency  —  Last week, the Census Bureau released a statistical report on the last year of George W. Bush's presidency.  The numbers were brutal.  On every indicator, Americans lost ground during the Bush era.  The median income slumped.  The poverty rate increased.
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
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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Wall Street Journal:
Hillary's Honduras Obsession
Discussion: Commentary
CNN:
Ousted president back in Honduras
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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.
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Plans Changes to His Health Bill
Discussion: The Page and Swampland
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Five Health Care Promises Obama Won't Keep
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
For President, Five Programs, One Message  —  No one shifted an armchair, moved a flower arrangement or asked an unexpected question.  —  President Obama gave five back-to-back television interviews broadcast on Sunday that were as tightly choreographed — and eerily similar …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama's TV Blitz: On The Air, but Off His Game?
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
Denise Quan / CNN:
U.S. racism ‘everywhere,’ says Dave Matthews  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Watching the Dave Matthews Band moments before they take the stage is like watching a football team bursting out of the locker room before a big game.  —  They slap hands.  Bump fists.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
City Room:
Obama Arrives to an Awkward Hug From Paterson  —  TROY, N.Y. — So what did he say?  —  President Obama walked down from Air Force One after his plane landed shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.  He and Gov. David A. Paterson exchanged a brief greeting.  They shook hands.
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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 …
New York Post:
It's Coming!  —  It's official.  It's getting hot down here.  And if we don't stop burning oil and coal, the Big Apple will be cooked.  —  According to a high tech study commissioned by a concerned Mayor Bloomberg and generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, climate change caused …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View and PostPartisan
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Iowans evenly divided on gay marriage ban  —  Iowans are almost evenly divided about whether they would vote for or against a constitutional amendment to end marriage for same-sex couples, according to The Des Moines Register's new Iowa Poll.  —  Forty-one percent say they would vote …
 
 
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Megan Woolhouse / Boston Globe:
Car showrooms quiet after clunkers clamor ends
Discussion: Hot Air, theblogprof and A Blog For All
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Interim senator bill headed for Tuesday vote
Discussion: Salon
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Rhode Island GOP assemblyman quits party following embarrassment …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Expansion Update
Fox News:
Obama Backs Holder in CIA Interrogation Probe
Michelle Malkin:
Inside SEIU president Andy Stern's culture of corruption
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The Huffington Post:
Senate GOP Mailer Suggests Dem Health Care System Will Discriminate By Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Candidate Obama didn't think so on his ‘Yes, we can!’ campaign slogan
Discussion: Telegraph
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
It's Not That He's Black. It's That He's An Enigma.
Discussion: NY Daily News and JustOneMinute
ABCNEWS:
Active Terror Cell Prepared NYC Attack, Officials Say
Discussion: Hot Air
Chairman Julius Genachowski / OpenInternet.gov:
Read the Speech  —  “Preserving a Free and Open Internet …