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9:05 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 …
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  —  Conservative commentary on President Obama's U.N. speech has correctly taken note of the extent to which Obama once again has apologized for America.  What struck me as new, though, was extent to which he begged his audience …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Sarah Wheaton / The Lede:
A More Conciliatory Ahmadinejad at the U.N.
Discussion: Gothamist, Dinah Lord 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 …
Discussion: RedState
Boston Globe:
Signs point to Kirk for interim senator  —  Governor Deval Patrick huddled with a small group of trusted advisers last night to finalize his choice for an interim US senator, with indications pointing to former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr., who has the strong backing …
Associated Press:
AP source: Census worker hanged with ‘fed’ on body  —  The FBI is investigating whether anti-government sentiment led to the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery.  A law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word 'fed" was scrawled on the dead man's chest.
White House: Official ‘misspoke’ on Goldstone report  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House says an official “misspoke” when he said the Obama administration would not allow the Goldstone report recommendations on Israel's conduct in the Gaza war to reach the International Criminal Court.
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
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 …
Brown denies ‘Obama snub’  —  Gordon Brown has denied being snubbed by the US president after diplomatic sources told the BBC his team had been “frantic” to secure bilateral talks.  —  Mr Brown told US TV he and President Barack Obama “talk all the time” and he insisted the special relationship was …
Discussion: The Page
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
Barack Obama rebuffs Gordon Brown as ‘special relationship’ sinks to new low
Discussion: The Greenroom
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.”
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Policy Presidency’  —  A new publication came across my desk this week containing an essay that offers as good an insight into President Obama's approach to government as anything I have read — and is particularly useful in understanding the struggle over health-care reform.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Health, Race And Obama  —  America's real and imagined grievances.  —  After an exceedingly disappointing 10 months in office pursuing a hyper-partisan agenda, President Barack Obama reminded me last week of why, for a brief moment during his campaign eons ago last year, he actually won my heart.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Eric Cantor Says Woman With Growing Tumors Should Find Gov't Program Or Charity  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor says he can't support health reform that includes a public option.  But a constituent who asked Cantor what a suffering relative without health insurance should do was told …
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Administration Won't Seek New Indefinite-Detention System  —  The Obama administration has decided not to seek legislation to establish a new system of preventive detention to hold terrorism suspects and will instead rely on a 2001 congressional resolution authorizing military force …
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
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
McChrystal Troop Request to Go to Pentagon by End of Week
Discussion: The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Hard-Hitting White House Talking Points Blast GOP For Lying About Medicare
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Compensation Reform  —  Having already noted the funny part …
Discussion: D-Day
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president
Discussion: 2.0, Biased BBC and Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Frank turns against ACORN
Jules Crittenden:
Social Distancing  —  Turns out there's a major upside to the swine flu.
Discussion: TigerHawk
John B. Taylor / Economics One:
Alarming Debt Charts
Discussion: EconLog
David Cay Johnston / Firedoglake:
GOP Favors Public Option for Property, Not People
Discussion: Lean Left
Washington Wire:
Excerpts of Sarah Palin's Speech to Investors in Hong Kong