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11:25 PM ET, September 22, 2009


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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host Mark Levin Lashes Out At Glenn Beck: He's 'Mindless, ‘Incoherent,’ ‘Pathetic’  —  In an interview with Katie Couric for her new web-only show, Fox News pundit Glenn Beck said he thinks John McCain would have been a bad president because he's “this weird progressive like Theodore Roosevelt was.”
Alexander Zaitchik / Salon:
Glenn Beck becomes damaged goods  —  Editor's note: This is Part 2 in a three-part series on Glenn Beck's roots.  Read Part 1 here.  —  Glenn Beck, foreground.  In the background, the scene in Tripoli, Libya, on April 15, 1986, after an American attack.  —  Sept. 22, 2009 |
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Can't all conservatives at least agree that Glenn Beck is not the enemy?  —  Lots of strong reaction to yesterday's dust-up.  Yes, I know Dan Riehl is quoting Wehner, and yes, I know Mark Levin slammed Beck.  That's OK with me.  —  Unlike a certain deranged blogger who sees enemies everywhere …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Glenn Beck and left-right confusion  —  (updated below)  —  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 …
Project On Government Oversight / The Project …:
If Congress Attacks the Mighty Oak of Contractor Misconduct …
Jerusalem Post:
PM: Israel, PA agreed to begin talks without preconditions  —  Article's topics: Binyamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas  —  Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to relaunch peace negotiations without any preconditions, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on Tuesday.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama's message to Abbas, Bibi: 'I'm losing patience'  —  President Obama's central message to the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in New York today was simple, a U.S. official said: He's running out of patience.  —  “The President of the United States is impatient,” said the senior U.S. official.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Weekly Standard
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton ready to be deployed to Middle East if needed
Discussion: Power Line
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Israel makes secret settlement pitch
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi backs away from deal with Blue Dogs  —  Speaker Pelosi is backing away from a deal she cut with centrists to advance health reform, said a source familiar with talks.  —  Pelosi's decision to move away from the agreement that was made with a group of Blue Dogs to get the bill …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Senate passes successor bill  —  The state Senate passed a bill this afternoon that would allow Governor Deval Patrick to name an interim successor to Edward M. Kennedy, potentially paving the way for appointment of a new US senator later this week.  —  The Senate approved the measure by a 24-16 vote …
Boston Globe:
Dukakis is the best choice to fill Senate vacancy
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Bill Approved to Expedite a Successor to Kennedy
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
The Huffington Post:
Conservatives Turn Their Sights On Health Care Reform's Most Obvious Provision  —  Democrats are bracing themselves for a new line of conservative attack against a provision in the health care legislation once considered so non-controversial that it was endorsed by several major Republican officials.
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Hill and AMERICAblog News
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ: OBAMA HEALTH #S INCH UP  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  Here's another tease of our new NBC/WSJ poll: According to the poll, the president's health-care numbers have slightly increased, although that increase remains within the margin of error.  Thirty-nine percent believe Obama's …
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Discussion: Politics Daily
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Is Soda So Expensive in Europe?  —  I'm one of those “drinks a ton of Diet Coke” people, and thus every time I come to Europe I find myself dismayed at the cost of soda over here.  Does anyone have a good explanation of why it's so much more expensive than in the US?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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” …
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.
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.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Cantor To Uninsured Woman With Growing Tumors: Get ‘An Existing Government Program’ Or Find Charity  —  At the Richmond Times-Dispatch “public square” forum yesterday, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) fielded open questions from his constituents on the health reform debate for the first time this summer.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Even Obama ‘vulnerable’ to Clinton's charms  —  President Obama, speaking now at former President Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative, opened with a tribute to his Democratic predecessor's raw political talent.  —  “He looks you in the eye, feels your pain, he makes you feel like you're the only person in the room.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Lizbeth Diaz / Reuters:
U.S. closes Mexico border crossing after shootout  —  TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - U.S. authorities closed the world's busiest land border crossing on Tuesday after a shootout between suspected Mexican human traffickers and U.S. agents, U.S. officials said.  —  “The port is closed …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid gives GOP direct warning on healthcare  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave Republicans his most direct warning to date that he is prepared to use a procedural maneuver to pass healthcare reform with a simple majority.  —  Reid told Republicans that he would prefer …
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 …
Steven Hill / Guardian:
Obama the impotent  —  The disappointment with Barack Obama is tangible - on climate change and financial reform Europe leads while the US lags  —  Much hope has been invested in Barack Obama's ability to strike a new course for the US following eight years of Bush administration unpopularity.
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.
William Saletan / Slate:
The growing ambitions of the food police.  —  A nonalcoholic sequel to the Whiskey Rebellion seems to be brewing.  And Slate may be joining it.  I'll call it the Fresca Rebellion, in honor of our editor, David Plotz, a hard-core addict of the citrus-flavored soft drink.
Discussion: Reason and Economix
Hank Johnson / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Fringe element’ could easily upend America's racial progress  —  When I invoked the Ku Klux Klan in my remarks supporting a resolution to rebuke Congressman Joe Wilson for his outburst during the president's health care address, I expected it to ignite a national debate.  And it did.
Jonathan Marshall / NEXT100:
Irreconcilable Differences  —  In the past several weeks, two high-profile companies - Duke Energy and Alstom - publicly gave up their membership in the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy in protest over its opposition to federal climate change legislation.
US News:
Survey: One Quarter of Americans Could Claim ‘No Religion’ in 20 Years  —  If current trends continue, a quarter of Americans are likely to claim “no religion” in 20 years, according to a survey out today by Trinity College.  Americans who identify with no religious tradition currently comprise 15 percent …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hot Air and Pharyngula
Rachel Weiner / The Huffington Post:
Lila Rose, Right-Wing Activist, Calls For Public Abortions (VIDEO)  —  Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose said at last weekend's Value Voters Summit that as long as abortions are legal, they should be “done in the public square,” thus disgusting people into action.
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paterson blames weak Obama record for friction  —  Well, this is going to make David Paterson a lot of friends in the White House, as he tries to put himself in the president's shoes: … One of the things that has made the White House angriest at Paterson is his linking his woes to the president's.
Discussion: Politicker NY, Hot Air and Gothamist
MEDICARE ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES ON MEDICARE MAILINGS  —  GUIDANCE COMES AFTER HUMANA DISTRIBUTED POTENTIALLY MISLEADING MATERIALS  —  Medicare today called on Medicare-contracted health insurance and prescription drug plans to suspend potentially misleading mailings …
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's FDR Moment  —  Public support for the war in Afghanistan stands at 39%.  On the right, George Will wants us out, on the left, Senator Russ Feingold.  Thomas Friedman is feeling “ambivalent,” and he's not alone.  This weekend, President Obama remarked that, “the first question is, are we doing the right thing?”
Discussion: Weekly Standard and RedState
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.) …
Liz Capo McCormick / Bloomberg:
Fed Said to Start Talks With Dealers on Using Reverse Repos  —  Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve has started talks with bond dealers about withdrawing the unprecedented amount of cash injected into the financial system the last two years, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.
Discussion: DailyFinance
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Lobbying intensifies over regulatory plan
Discussion: The Note
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich Adds Hispanic News/Opinion Website-The Americano
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Gawker and Salon
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Conyers seeks answers on ACORN
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber and Pajamas Media
The Huffington Post:
WaPo Critiques Obama With “Expert” Panel Of Five Republicans, Two Dems
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
Muslim Man Beheads Christian in Egypt
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Amir Mizroch / Jerusalem Post:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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