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4:35 PM 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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Peter Feaver / Shadow Government:
Bob Woodward strikes again!  (McChrystal assessment edition)  —  The Obama Administration has been Woodwarded again, this time with a major scoop: Bob Woodward has a major front-page story that is more or less a summary precis of General McChrystal's confidential Initial Assessment of the Afghan situation.
Washington Post:
Changes in Afghanistan, Washington May Require Shift in U.S. War Strategy
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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Patrick Courrielche / Big Hollywood:
Full NEA Conference Call Transcript and Audio
Discussion: Big Government
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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.
The New Republic:
Madison Weeps  —  How healthcare revealed the sickness of our political system.  —  “Among the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction,” James Madison wrote in Federalist Number 10.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Aides: $28 billion more for affordability in bill
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Plans Changes to His Health Bill
Discussion: The Hill, The Page and Swampland
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 …
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New poll: Majority believe government is doing too much
Discussion: Riehl World View
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?  —  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 …
CNN:
Ousted president back in Honduras  —  (CNN) — Ousted president Jose Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras, a Honduran diplomat in Washington told CNN on Monday.  —  U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed Zelaya was in Honduras, but could provide no further information.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Truthdig
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Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Breaking news: ZELAYA BACK IN HONDURAS
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary's Honduras Obsession
Discussion: The Hill
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 and Shakesville
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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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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Taxes and Mandates  —  On ABC News yesterday, George Stephanopoulos …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wonk Room
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
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 …
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.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) Chief of Staff: ‘All Pornography Is Homosexual Pornography’  —  One of the final events of the Values Voter Summit was a Saturday breakout session on “the new masculinity,” a wide-ranging topic that one speaker used to explain how any and all pornography could lead young people into homosexual lifestyles.
Daniel Malloy / Toledo Blade:
Ex-organizer says he was never a fan of mass protests  —  WASHINGTON - If any President might sympathize with the thousands of protesters expected to flood Pittsburgh this week for the G-20 summit, it would be the one who used to be a community organizer.  —  But in an Oval Office interview Friday …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Letterman Takes Turn Toward the Political  —  And now, it's Dave's turn.  —  One week after he watched his old rival Jay Leno return to television as NBC's great prime-time hope, David Letterman will start making a statement of his own.  —  He will start with the president of the United States.
 
 
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Archive of live chat with Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
David Henderson / EconLog:
The Feds' Attack on Freedom of Speech
Discussion: Associated Press and CBS News
Fox News:
Obama Backs Holder in CIA Interrogation Probe
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michelle Malkin:
Inside SEIU president Andy Stern's culture of corruption
Discussion: Riehl World View
The Huffington Post:
Senate GOP Mailer Suggests Dem Health Care System Will Discriminate By Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Five Health Care Promises Obama Won't Keep
Discussion: Hot Air
David L. Cohen / Comcast Voices:
Does the Internet Need More Regulation? FCC to Decide
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Candidate Obama didn't think so on his ‘Yes, we can!’ campaign slogan
Discussion: Telegraph
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Discussion: NY Daily News and JustOneMinute
ABCNEWS:
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Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
Mitt Romney's speech unites conservatives
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Is Lieberman at it again?