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1:15 AM ET, September 24, 2009


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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.
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   Barack at the UN: Was this Obama's most naïve speech ever?
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
Discussion: Hot Air, Stop The ACLU and RedState
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: ACORN Sues Filmmakers
Discussion: Don Surber
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Snowe's True Colors  —  If any Democrat, and that includes the White House thinks that Olympia Snowe is negotiating with them in good faith, they need to think again.  They need look no further than Snowe's actions this morning in mark-up: … To be clear, the Bunning amendment …
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Did Sen. Tom Carper Just Admit PhRMA and the White House Had a Laws-for-Ads Deal?
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and The Impolitic
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: TVNewser, Mediaite and On Deadline
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president  —  UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus sharply criticized a U.N. meeting on climate change on Tuesday at which U.S. President Barack Obama was among the top speakers, describing it as propagandistic and undignified.
Discussion: 2.0, Gateway Pundit and Biased BBC
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Goddard in good shape  —  If the election was today Democrats would reclaim the Governor's seat they gave up in Arizona when Janet Napolitano became Homeland Security Secretary.  Attorney General and likely party nominee Terry Goddard leads incumbent Republican Jan Brewer and two other potential GOP rivals …
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
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Associated Press:
No meetings between Israelis, Palestinians
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Compensation Reform  —  Having already noted the funny part …
Discussion: D-Day
Hamas teaches kids to kill Jews
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Jawa Report
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Discussion: TigerHawk
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Paul-inspired candidates make impact
Discussion: Below The Beltway and Reason
John B. Taylor / Economics One:
Alarming Debt Charts
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John O'Connor / The State:
GOP candidates for governor debate key issues, Sanford
Discussion: The Fix

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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Sources: NBC has demanded Donald Trump's campaign remove a video with audio deceptively edited to seem like it's from an NBC reporter after the third GOP debate

Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Russia places journalist and author Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia's army

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
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