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3:15 PM ET, September 22, 2009


 Top Items: 
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan  —  Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration.  According to McClatchy …
Leslie H. Gelb / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Befuddling Afghan Policy  —  Why is the president hesitating on more troops to fight his ‘war of necessity’?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  I'm lost on President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy—along with most of Congress and the U.S. military.
David Corn / MoJo Sections:
Clinton on Gore: “I Thought He Was in Neverland”  —  On Monday, USA Today ran a front-page article on the soon-to-be-released book chronicling a series of secret interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch held with President Bill Clinton throughout the Clinton presidency.
Jim Meyers /
Bill Clinton Tells Newsmax: Carter Wrong on Race; Obama Plan to Pass
Discussion: Washington Wire
Bill Clinton sounds off on Obama racism charge
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Clinton's Advice on Health Care
Discussion: Politics Daily and Emptywheel
Funny or Die:
Protect Insurance Companies PSA  —  Credits: Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Masi Oka, Jordana Spiro, Linda Cardellini, Donald Faison  —  Produced by Chris Bruss, Lauren Palmigiano &
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Glenn Beck and left-right confusion  —  Last night during his CBS interview with Katie Couric, Glenn Beck said he may have voted for Hillary Clinton and that “John McCain would have been worse for the country than Barack Obama.”  This comment predictably spawned confusion among some liberals and anger among some conservatives.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Byrd admitted to hospital after fall  —  Ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched to the Northern Virginia home of Sen. Robert Byrd Tuesday morning, and the senator was later admitted to the hospital, where he is expected to be treated for a few days.  —  A neighbor of the 91-year-old …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Ambulances race to Byrd's home
Discussion: TalkLeft and D-Day
Wall Street Journal:
When Speechwriters Kiss and Tell  —  A man I hired was not the star he thought he was.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When the sun rises over our capital city this morning, its denizens will awake to a truly novel tale: The aggrieved ex-staffer—wait for it!—disillusioned by Washington.
Ian Talley / Environmental Capital:
Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy  —  This post was updated Monday evening.  —  When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.D.I.C. May Borrow Funds From Banks  —  WASHINGTON — Tired of the government bailing out banks?  Get ready for this: officials may soon ask banks to bail out the government.  —  Senior regulators say they are seriously considering a plan to have the nation's healthy banks lend billions …
Felix Salmon:
How to replenish the FDIC's coffers
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Political Punch:
After ‘Inappropriate’ NEA Conference Call, White House Pushes New Guidelines  —  An August 10, 2009 National Endowment for the Arts conference call in which artists were asked to help support President Obama's agenda — a call that at least one good government group called “inappropriate” …
Marcus Stern / ProPublica:
Mike Ross Raises Eyebrows With Healthy Haul  —  Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross — a Blue Dog Democrat playing a key role in the health care debate — sold a piece of commercial property in 2007 for substantially more than a county assessment (PDF) and an independent appraisal (PDF) say it was worth.
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
The Senate Finance Committee Writes a Health Care Bill  —  It starts—finally—in just a few hours.  With the bang of a gavel in the high-tech cavern that is the conference room of the Senate Hart Office Building, the Senate Finance Committee will sit down around a table and confront …
Andrew Pierce / Telegraph:
Prince Charles urges people to abandon car in favour of walking and public transport  —  The Prince of Wales is urging people to give up their cars in favour of walking and public transport to try to reduce carbon emissions.  —  The Prince, who has two Jaguars, two Audis …
John Tierney / New York Times:
To Explain Longevity Gap, Look Past Health System  —  If you're not rich and you get sick, in which industrialized country are you likely to get the best treatment?  —  The conventional answer to this question has been: anywhere but the United States.  With its many uninsured citizens …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The New Republic
New York Times:
The Rights of Corporations  —  The question at the heart of one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this year is simple: What constitutional rights should corporations have?  To us, as well as many legal scholars, former justices and, indeed, drafters of the Constitution …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THEY'RE LAUGHING AT HIM, NOT WITH HIM.... We've seen plenty of examples of health care reform opponents trying to mislead the public at town-hall events.  We haven't, however, seen many examples these opponents getting mocked by their audiences.  —  In this video, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) …
Radley Balko / Reason:
The “Tenther” Smear  —  The American Prospect, The New Republic, and other left-of-center outlets are pushing the “Tenther” smear, aimed at lumping those who, horrors!, still take seriously the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in with the Obama birth certificate deniers and 9/11 truthers.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Dean's World, Popehat and Moe Lane
Boston Globe:
Dukakis is the best choice to fill Senate vacancy  —  THE MASSACHUSETTS Senate could vote as early as today on a bill to let Governor Patrick name an interim replacement for Senator Edward Kennedy.  State senators should pass the measure, and Patrick should be ready to make an appointment quickly.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Walpin scandal update: Grassley blocks nomination, accuses administration of stonewalling  —  Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has blocked the ambassadorial nomination of Alan Solomont, currently chairman of the board of the government agency that oversees AmeriCorps, in retaliation …
KMGH Denver's Channel 7:
ACORN Worker In Video Reported Couple  —  Juan Carlos Vera Called Detective After Recorded Meeting  —  NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — Police say a worker with the activist group ACORN who was caught on video giving advice about human smuggling to a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute had reported the incident to authorities.
Nina Easton / Fortune:
Condi: The should-be face of the GOP  —  She's smart.  She's experienced.  She's worldly.  Republican strategists worried about their party's future should take heed.
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Obama at Middle East trilat: “Break the deadlock”  —  At the top of his three way meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Waldorf hotel in New York, U.S. President Barack Obama made a statement, saying “we still have much further to go …
Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Biden on 2010: If GOP Succeeds, It's ‘The End of the Road for What Barack and I Are Trying to Do’  —  ABC News' Karen Travers reports:  —  Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama's agenda.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Joe Wilson passes $2 million mark  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson has now raised over $2 million in campaign contributions since he shouted “You lie!” at the president earlier this month.  —  A campaign aide confirmed that Wilson surpassed the $2 million mark on Monday.
Discussion: Shakesville and Wake up America
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Democrats Never Meant What They Said About Afghanistan — By: Jim Geraghty  —  An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo: … The average Democrat doesn't like fighting wars.  They don't like using military force.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: A Review of ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis's Rolodex Suggests Strong White House Ties … On Sunday, Barack Obama played ignorant on the situation with ACORN.  Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos, “Frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Eric Cantor Tries a Civil Approach to the Health-Care Debate  —  RICHMOND, Sept. 21 The remarkable thing about House Republican Whip Eric Cantor's town hall meeting here Monday is what didn't happen.  —  No talk of death panels.  No complaints about illegal immigrants.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Waning Demographics of Suburbia  —  I'm not sure how much success Fayetteville, Georgia will have in “retrofitting suburbia” but this point about demographics is dead-on: … Insofar as the great appeal of suburbia is that people like to raise children in suburbs, then it makes sense …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Eschaton
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Flashback: Alleged Fraudster Was Wheeled Out To Defend Hillary Camp …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senate Dems bolster 2012 coffers early
Discussion: Think Progress and
City Room:
In 4-3 Vote, Court Says Paterson Can Appoint Lt. Governor
New York Times:
Police Break up Rally for Ousted Honduran Leader
Discussion: BBC, TalkLeft and Pajamas Media
Rasmussen Reports:
66% Angry at Government Policies, 60% Say Neither Party Has Answers
The Hill:
Democrats warm to once-toxic $700B bailout of Wall Street
Discussion: James Pethokoukis
MJ Rosenberg / Media Matters Action Network:
American Jewish Committee Makes Light Of Iranian Bomb
Discussion: TPMCafe
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Conrad: I Only Trust the CBO When They Agree with Me
Amir Mizroch / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Why everyone is saying no to Obama
Igor / Wonk Room:
GOP Senators Offer At Least 27 Amendments To Weaken Affordability …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
Ohio SOS Brunner rules State Sen. Husted is not a resident of his elected district
Discussion: The Hill
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Lucrative Business of Israel-Bashing