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5:20 AM ET, September 24, 2009


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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.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Sometimes it takes an outsider to show the press corps the way.  —  Among the many glorious things about American journalism is that no credentialing organization or regulatory body stands between an individual who wants to break a story and his public reporting of it.
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
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.
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
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 …
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:
New York Times:
Obama's Speech to the United Nations General Assembly
Sarah Wheaton / The Lede:
A More Conciliatory Ahmadinejad at the U.N.
Discussion: Dinah Lord and Althouse
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Children sing songs of Obama's glory  —  No word on where or when this was shot but it was posted to YouTube just two days before The One's speech to students, which makes me wonder if it was part of some school's festivities for the screening.  I think parents' fears about their kids …
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll Begs Question: Is Extremism Mainstream?  —  A new national survey from Public Policy Polling (D) has the firm asking a question: “Is extremism becoming mainstream in 21st century American politics?”  —  The poll finds that numerous fringe views are either accepted outright …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Is extremism becoming mainstream in 21st century American politics?
Discussion: Open Left
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.
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Did Sen. Tom Carper Just Admit PhRMA and the White House Had a Laws-for-Ads Deal?  — By: Jim Geraghty  —  While discussing an amendment to have drug companies pay more to the government as part of the health care reform bill, Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., said: … The folks at the liberal blog FireDogLake even have video:
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
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.”
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 …
No 10 denies Obama snub to Brown  —  Downing Street and the White House have both denied President Barack Obama has snubbed UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  —  Diplomatic sources told the BBC the PM's team were “frantic” after failing to secure formal bilateral talks.
Discussion: The Page
Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Somalia suicide bomber may be from Seattle  —  Federal investigators are looking into reports that one of the men who detonated a truck bomb in Mogadishu last week that killed 21 peacekeepers was a Somali refugee who had lived in Seattle as recently as 2007.
Discussion: Dinah Lord and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
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