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7:55 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.
Patrick Courrielche / Big Hollywood:
Full NEA Conference Call Transcript and Audio
Rusty / The Jawa Report:   Astroturfing the NEA: Winner & Associates in on the Scheme?  (UPDATED)
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
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Top Pentagon official: McChrystal's report is just “one input”
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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 and The Hill
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.
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Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Five Health Care Promises Obama Won't Keep
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Plans Changes to His Health Bill
Discussion: The Page and Swampland
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
The Obama Roadblock: Why He's Sagging Online  —  If you chart the daily viewership of Barack Obama's official channel on YouTube, you might conclude that being President of the United States is the kiss of death for online enthusiasm.  Here's TubeMogul's full chart from January 20 to present …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama's TV Blitz: On The Air, but Off His Game?
Discussion: Commentary and Althouse
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Carol's Closet and pandagon.net
Ezra Klein:
Olympia Snowe's Amendments  —  It's becoming pretty common for Hill and administration sources to tell me that “Olympia Snowe is more of a Democrat than some of the Democrats.”  What they mean by that is that she's pushing for a level of affordability and subsidies and consumer protections …
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
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
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.
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
 
 
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Little Green Footballs:
Again with the Grossly Inflated Numbers, Part Deux
Discussion: Sing City Chronicles
James Bone / Times of London:
Barack Obama in diplomatic dance to avoid Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad at UN
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Interim senator bill headed for Tuesday vote
Discussion: Salon and The Page
Washington Post:
COMISAF Initial Assessment (Unclassified) — Searchable Document
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Rhode Island GOP assemblyman quits party following embarrassment …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM EXPANSION UPDATE
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
Chairman Julius Genachowski / OpenInternet.gov:
Read the Speech  —  “Preserving a Free and Open Internet …