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2:50 AM ET, September 24, 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 …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Qaddafi Delivers a Rambling Diatribe  —  Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, took the lectern at the United Nations on Wednesday morning for his first address at the General Assembly and delivered a long and rambling diatribe — far exceeding the 15-minute limit on speeches …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Qadhafi: Obama should be president forever
Paul / Power Line:
Obama takes the supplication of America to a disgusting new level
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Barack at the UN: Was this Obama's most naïve speech ever?
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Sarah Wheaton / The Lede:
A More Conciliatory Ahmadinejad at the U.N.
Discussion: Dinah Lord and Althouse
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Qadhafi hails Obama in U.N. speech
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
ACORN Sues Over Secret Video, Claiming Wiretapping Violation  —  Secret Recording in Baltimore Violated Wiretapping Law, Liberal Group Says  —  ACORN, the community organizing group embarrassed recently in a video sting, said Wednesday that it needs to determine whether it has major internal problems …
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
ACORN sues hidden-camera filmmakers  —  BALTIMORE (AP) - Community activist group ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN, on offense, sues filmmaker  —  ACORN, taking a break from its apology tour, said today that it's filing suit against James O'Keefe, Hannah Giles and Andrew Breitbart's  —  The complaint: “The video and audio footage was taken without the knowledge of Williams and/or Thompson …
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: ACORN Sues Filmmakers
Discussion: Don Surber
The Huffington Post:
AP source: Census worker hanged with ‘fed’ on body  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery.  A law enforcement official says the word “fed” was scrawled on his chest.  —  The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old Census field worker …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Huffington Post:
Dems Ramp Up Push For Colleagues To Block Filibuster On Health Care  —  Buoyed by news of a temporary replacement for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Senate Democratic leaders are launching a renewed effort to get all 60 members of their caucus — even those who might eventually vote …
Washington Post:
Medicare Is Focus on Day Two of Negotiations on Baucus Health-Care Reform Bill  —  Slogging through a second day of work on legislation intended to overhaul the nation's health-care system, the Senate Finance Committee wrestled Wednesday with politically volatile proposals to squeeze money out of Medicare.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
King: Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘A Purely Socialist Concept’  —  In April, when the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down a state law defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) called it an “unconstitutional” decision and predicted that it could lead to Iowa becoming “the gay marriage Mecca.”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Congressman: Same sex marriage part of push for socialism
Daphne Eviatar / The Washington Independent:
Al Franken Reads the 4th Amendment to Justice Department Official  —  Just in case he wasn't familiar with it, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) decided to read the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution to David Kris, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's National Security Division …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Effort to replace Kennedy hits snag  —  The Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday granted Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint a temporary replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, but with one catch: when the appointment can be made.  —  Lawmakers declined to allow the law …
Dr. Sanjay Gupta / CNN:
I went to Afghanistan and all I got was H1N1  —  It started as a cough.  It wasn't the kind of cough where something is temporarily stuck in your throat.  It wasn't the kind of cough where simply clearing your throat would've been adequate.  This was the kind of cough that hurts when you do it.
Discussion: Mediaite and On Deadline
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.
Washington Wire:
Excerpts of Sarah Palin's Speech to Investors in Hong Kong  —  Alex Frangos and Tatiana Lau report 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 …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Paul-inspired candidates make impact  —  It's been over a year since Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) energized libertarians with his presidential candidacy, but the movement he inspired continues to ripple across the landscape.  —  In at least a handful of House, Senate and gubernatorial contests across …
Discussion: Below The Beltway and Reason
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
DeMint: Obama ‘Puts Our Troops At Risk’ By Working On Health Reform  —  The Washington Post reported this week that Gen. Stanley McChyrstal, the top commander in Afghanistan, has recommended that more U.S. troops be sent there or the conflict will “likely result in failure.”
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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Frank turns against ACORN  —  In a stunning turnaround, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is distancing himself from ACORN, blasting their response to a string of recent scandals — and contradicting a staffer who said the congressman would have voted against a GOP-sponsored bill banning the group from federal funding.
Discussion: The Politico and Althouse
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Re: No More Allies  —  Abe, there also isn't apparently any aggression or any aggressors.  What about rogue states threatening nuclear development—specifically the Iranian regime, which also speaks fondly of eradicating the Jewish state?  We get this embarrassing pabulum:
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Hard-Hitting White House Talking Points Blast GOP For Lying About Medicare  —  In a sign that the White House is taking the gloves off for a newly aggressive phase in the health care wars, a hard-hitting new set of White House talking points urges Congressional Dems and outside allies to blast …
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Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
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