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9:30 AM ET, September 21, 2009

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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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New York Times:
General Calls for More U.S. Troops to Avoid Afghan Failure  —  WASHINGTON — The top military commander in Afghanistan warns in a confidential assessment of the war there that he needs additional troops within the next year or else the conflict “will likely result in failure.”
Washington Post:
Changes in Afghanistan, Washington May Require Shift in U.S. War Strategy  —  From his headquarters in Kabul, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal sees one clear path to achieve President Obama's core goal of preventing al-Qaeda from reestablishing havens in Afghanistan: “Success,” he writes in his assessment …
CNN:
Report: General has warning about Afghanistan
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama open to newspaper bailout bill  —  The president said he is “happy to look at” bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.  —  “I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them …
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Dave Murray / Toledo Blade:
Newspaper journalism gets words of praise Print media's role vital, Obama says
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Nontax Tax  —  On a Sunday show, the President offers a revealing definition.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama didn't make much news on his round of five Sunday talk shows yesterday, with one notable exception.  The President revealed a great deal about his philosophy …
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Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Did Barack Obama Read the Baucus Bill?
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama's TV Blitz: On The Air, but Off His Game?  —  The White House doesn't buy the notion that President Obama, who appeared on five talk shows Sunday and is heading next for David Letterman's couch, could be wearing out his welcome on the tube.  —  Sure, this is a president …
Discussion: Commentary
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Planting the Seeds: The Politicized Art Behind the ACORN Plan  —  Everything you needed to know about the unorthodox roll out of the now-notorious ACORN sting videos was hidden in plain sight in my Sept. 7 column, “Katie Couric, Look in the Mirror.”  ACORN was not the only target of those videos …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Scott / Power Line:
Sliming James O'Keefe: A case study  —  James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles are the young activists who have blown the lid off the criminal left-wing enterprise known as ACORN.  If they were left-wingers exposing some conservative or religious organization, government-funded or not …
Big Hollywood:
Pregame Report: The NEA Conference Call  —  On August 25th 2009, Big Hollywood's Patrick Courrielche broke the story of a conference call he attended with other “rising artist and art community luminaries”: … The email invite came directly from Yosi Sergant, then-Director of Communications …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reform or Bust  —  In the grim period that followed Lehman's failure, it seemed inconceivable that bankers would, just a few months later, be going right back to the practices that brought the world's financial system to the edge of collapse.  At the very least, one might have thought …
Ian Johnston / Telegraph:
Sand artist Kseniya Simonova winner of Ukraine's Got Talent becomes internet hit  —  Sand artist, Kseniya Simonova, who moved audiences to tears as she won Ukraine's Got Talent, has become an online sensation with more than two million hits.  —  Miss Simonova, 24, drew a series of pictures …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
An amazing political video, nothing to do with Obama, McCain, Clinton or even Biden
Discussion: RedState
Marist Poll:
9/21: Bloomberg Leads Thompson 50% to 39%  —  The candidates are now in place for November's race for mayor in New York City, and early numbers show the incumbent, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with 50% of registered voters compared with 39% for his Democratic challenger, New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson.
Discussion: City Room
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New poll: Majority believe government is doing too much  —  A new Gallup poll shows that the number of people who believe government has its hand in too many areas of American life has reached its highest point in more than a decade.  —  The question asked by Gallup was …
Discussion: Gallup and AmSpecBlog
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Obama set to slash nuclear arsenal  —  Pentagon told to map out radical cuts as president prepares to chair UN talks  —  Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Doubts Fade and Couric Is Energized  —  For much of 2008, the TV cognoscenti assumed that Katie Couric would be anywhere but in the “CBS Evening News” anchor chair by now.  —  But despite some of the lowest ratings in the newscast's history, she says she will remain there until her contract expires in 2011.
Michelle Malkin:
Obama plays dumb on ACORN  —  Channeling clueless Charlie Gibson and Nancy Pelosi, President Obama is playing dumb about ACORN.  Here's what he said on ABC's This Week this morning: … It strains credulity — no, it snaps credulity in half — to believe Obama “didn't even know” that ACORN was …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin sees Senate support for ‘variation’ of public option
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Washington Post:
Banks' Overdraft Fees Under Fire in Congress
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Self-Correcting Presidency  —  Last week, the Census Bureau …
Discussion: TBogg and Sadly, No!
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Blue Dogs bucking Obama plan
Discussion: The Page
Urban Infidel:
Glenn Beck Derangement Syndrome
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Brown urges leaders to attend climate talks
Jim Walsh / Arizona Republic:
U.S. Rep. meets group accused of terror ties
Discussion: YID With LID and Jihad Watch
Edward Lucas / Telegraph:
President Barack Obama is beginning to look out of his depth
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Suzanne Sataline / Wall Street Journal:
Lazio to Enter N.Y. Governor's Race
Discussion: MyDD