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6:35 PM ET, September 23, 2009


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New York Times:
Obama's Speech to the United Nations General Assembly  —  Following is a text of President Obama's speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, as released by the White House.  —  Good morning.  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen …
Nile Gardiner / Telegraph:
The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak  —  It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits Barack Obama when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, writes Nile Gardiner.  —  Barack Obama's Gallup approval rating of 52 percent may well be lower at this stage …
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Bolton: ‘A Post-American Speech By Our First Post-American President’ — By: Robert Costa  —  Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton tells NRO that President Obama's address to the U.N. was “a post-American speech by our first post-American president.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's time warp: The U.S. is still the bad guy  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  In the early 1980s, while planning a vacation in Latin America, I went to bookstores to find histories of the region.  All I could find were Marxist tracts arguing that “the people” were exploited …
Steven Edwards / National Post:
Canada to walk out on Ahmadinejad's UN speech  —  Ahmadinejad warned Western powers it was too late to stop Iran's nuclear programme, amid ...  UNITED NATIONS — Canada will boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, saying his outbursts about the Holocaust and Israel are “shameful.”   Barack at the UN: Was this Obama's most naïve speech ever?
Washington Times:
Worst foreign policy ever
Discussion: Power Line and Taylor Marsh
Washington Wire:
Excerpts of Sarah Palin's Speech to Investors in Hong Kong  —  Alex Frangos reports from Hong Kong on Sarah Palin's speech.  —  Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, delivered her first major international speech outside North America Wednesday in Hong Kong at an investor conference.
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Palin Speaks to Investors in Hong Kong  —  HONG KONG — Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first speech overseas, spoke on Wednesday to Asian bankers, investors and fund managers.  —  A number of people who heard the speech in a packed a hotel ballroom, which was closed to the media …
Wall Street Journal:
Palin Addresses Asian Investors
Mike Lux / The Huffington Post:
Triggering a Democratic Civil War  —  Media reports and insider buzz make it increasingly clear that key people at the White House have become obsessed with Olympia Snowe on health care, and are willing to do pretty much whatever she demands in order to get her on board.
The Huffington Post:
Dems Ramp Up Push For Colleagues To Block Filibuster On Health Care
Associated Press:
Democrats nix putting pre-vote health bill online  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes.  —  Republicans argued that transparency is an Obama administration goal.
Ezra Klein:
Kamikaze Obstructionism  —  You guys like polls, right? … The Republican Party's strategy against health-care reform has been something of a kamikaze mission: destroy the bill through a strategy that also destroys the party, at least in the short-term.  The hope is that if they win the war …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   New poll: Democrat lead over GOP is smallest in five years …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Carper Publicly Defends Secret PhRMA Pact; Deal Made in Exchange for Support Ads  —  In a stunning moment during the Senate Finance Committee markup Sen. Tom Carper defended a secret deal that the White House, Baucus, and PhRMA had reached.  The White House has long denied the deal.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Did Sen. Tom Carper Just Admit PhRMA and the White House Had a Laws-for-Ads Deal?
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Obama Considers Strategy Shift in Afghan War  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including a plan advocated by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to scale back American forces and focus more on rooting out Al Qaeda there and in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
ACORN files suit against filmmakers  —  ACORN filed suit today in Maryland against conservative filmmakers James O'Keefe, Hannah Giles and conservative Web site for secretly taping the organization's employees at its Baltimore office.  —  In the complaint, ACORN alleges …
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
ACORN sues hidden-camera filmmakers
Discussion: Wizbang
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
Paul Kirk may take Kennedy's seat  —  For the first time in nearly 47 years, the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is about to change hands, with the interim successor likely one of his closest advisers  —  The latest speculation about who might receive the temporary appointment …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Page
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Glenn Beck, Post-Modern Conservative  —  Buried in the cross-tabs of the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is a question that takes a temperature reading of Glenn Beck.  Beck actually makes out pretty well.  While just 24 percent of Americans have a favorable view of him (13 percent strongly so) …
Emily Miller / Politics Daily:
Dancing Tom DeLay on Infighting in the ‘Leaderless’ GOP: ‘Even Rush and Hannity Are Doing It’  —  LOS ANGELES — Walking out of a restaurant in Los Angeles last week, the former House Majority Leader was stopped by a stranger.  —  “Aren't you Tom DeLay?” the man asked.  —  “Yes, I am.”
David Cay Johnston / Firedoglake:
GOP Favors Public Option for Property, Not People  —  Atop the front page of the New York Times today is a color photo of Georgia homes flooded up to their rafters, an image that illustrates how when it comes to insurance our Congress applies two standards, separate and unequal, one for property and a lesser one for people.
Discussion: Lean Left
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
Wife: Gov ‘stunned’ O wants him out  —  Gov. Paterson's wife — emotionally stunned at President Obama's request that her husband not run for another term — ripped into him today, saying that it's “very unfair” the president asked New York's “first African-American governor” not to seek office.
New York Post:
Khadafy booted from Camp Trump  —  W'chester foils Trump guest  —  Unwelcome Libyan thug Moammar Khadafy briefly found a comfy spot to rest his foul head yesterday — at Donald Trump's palatial estate in suburban Westchester.  —  But town officials in tony Bedford put the kibosh …
Discussion: BBC, The New Republic and On Deadline
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Associated Press:
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Daphne Eviatar / The Washington Independent:
Al Franken Reads the 4th Amendment to Justice Department Official
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