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5:15 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
New York Times:
General Calls for More U.S. Troops to Avoid Afghan Failure
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.
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
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
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Baucus to introduce a modified bill
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Plans Changes to His Health Bill
Discussion: The Page and Swampland
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 …
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,
Discussion: Hot Air
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Wall Street Journal:
Hillary's Honduras Obsession
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Ousted president back in Honduras
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Truthdig
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 …
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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Obama Backs Holder in CIA Interrogation Probe  —  President Obama gives Attorney General Holder leeway to investigate alleged CIA abuses even after seven former CIA directors wrote Obama a letter urging him to stop the probe.  —  FOXNews.com  —  President Obama made clear Sunday he has no plans …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Expansion Update  —  A couple months ago I told you we were expanding (actually doubling the size of) our reporting staff at TPM.  So I wanted to give you a quick update.  —  Over the summer I asked TPM's Managing Editor David Kurtz to relocate from Missouri to Washington, DC to head up a new TPM DC office.
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.
 
 
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