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11:25 AM ET, September 24, 2009


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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 …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
ACORN Hidden Camera Scandal Being Probed By Feds, Brooklyn DA
Discussion: Washington Post
ACORN sues filmmakers
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: The Note, The Swamp, Daily Kos and RedState
Jules Crittenden:   The Kennedy Seat
Gateway Pundit:
Sick.  School Children Taught to Sing Praises to Obama  —  The radical left is now teaching American youth to sing praises to Obama:  —  Hat Tip Steve Tum  —  From the video: This was filmed around June 19, 2009 at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ.  —  Barack Hussein Obama
Michelle Malkin:
“Mmm mmm mmm:” New details about the Dear Leader song video  —  In case you were wondering which school taught kids that “Barack Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm” rap that I posted yesterday afternoon, here are some new details.  —  The video was originally posted in June 2009 here by YouTube user “brandnuwords.”
National Review:
Kidz4Change: Singing to Dear Leader [Guy Benson]
Discussion: QandO
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Pushes for Nuke-Free World  —  In another of his many firsts on the international stage, President Obama, who delivered an unusually blunt speech to the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, will serve as chairman of a meeting of the U.N. Security Council today, the first time ever a U.S. president has done so.
Lally Weymouth / Newsweek:
Ahmadinejad's Nuclear Offer
Discussion: Politics Daily
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mondale: Racial ‘edge’ to Obama foes  —  Former Vice President Walter Mondale joined his old boss Jimmy Carter Wednesday, arguing that some of the opposition to President Obama's agenda is fueled by racial animus.  —  Asked at an event in Washington whether he agreed with former President Carter …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Dem campaign anxiety: Vulnerables say they lack cover from Pelosi  —  Politically vulnerable Democrats say Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders aren't offering them the protection from tough votes that they did in the last Congress.  —  Conservative Democrats fear that dozens …
The Huffington Post:
Dog Fight: Dueling Whip Counts Hold Fate Of Public Option
Discussion: Open Left
Federal Eye:
Eye Opener: Census Worker Found Hanged  —  A part-time Census Bureau field worker was found hanged in Kentucky Sept. 12 with the word “fed” scrawled across his chest, according to a law enforcement source.  Bill Sparkman, 51 was found in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest …
Associated Press:
AP source: Census worker hanged with ‘fed’ on body
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin breaks with McCain on F-22 cuts  —  Sarah Palin, outlying her “common sense conservative” foreign policy views in Hong Kong yesterday, denounced her former running mate's push to cut new F-22 Raptor fighter jets, an efficiency move in which Senator John McCain allied himself …
Discussion: GOP 12
Rich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online:
Palin's Hong Kong Speech — By: Rich Lowry
Discussion: The Greenroom and Daily Pundit
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
Barack Obama rebuffs Gordon Brown as ‘special relationship’ sinks to new low  —  Gordon Brown has been snubbed repeatedly by Barack Obama during his trip to the United States, as the fall-out from the release of the Lockerbie bomber appeared to have left “the special relationship” at its lowest ebb for nearly 20 years.
Discussion: POWIP and The Greenroom
Brown denies ‘Obama snub’
Discussion: PoliBlog and The Page
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama to Use Current Law to Support Detentions  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided not to seek new legislation from Congress authorizing the indefinite detention of about 50 terrorism suspects being held without charges at at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Wednesday.
New York Times:
New York Police Official in Terror Unit Is Removed  —  The New York Police Department has removed a senior official from one of its two sometimes competing antiterrorism units, after it played a role in disrupting a sensitive federal terrorism investigation, current and former police officials said on Wednesday.
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.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LOOK WHO'LL BE ON THE TEEVEE (AGAIN).... ABC News announced the guest list for Sunday's episode of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and you'll never guess who's going to be on.  Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will go first, followed by the guy who didn't win last year's presidential election.
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Critics Assail Obama's ‘Safe Schools’ Czar, Say He's Wrong Man for the Job  —  Critics say Kevin Jennings is too radical for the job of director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, citing what they say is his promotion of homosexuality in schools, his writings about his past drug abuse and his onetime contempt for religion.
Rep. Jim Cooper / The Hill:
In journalism, lawmaking, quality control inadequate  —  The key to healthcare reform may be in using the Internet to mobilize average voters to help craft a good bill, and then get it passed into law.  But passing along rumors at the speed of light is not good for legislation or the reputation of the Internet.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Seniors Lean Against New Healthcare Law  —  Demographic analysis also reveals distinctions by race, income, and education  —  PRINCETON, NJ — There are significant differences in views on a new healthcare law by age.  The youngest Americans, aged 18-29, favor it by a 13-point margin …
Discussion: QandO and The Plum Line
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.
Frances Robles /
They're torturing me, Honduras' Manuel Zelaya claims  —  Honduras' fallen leader told The Miami Herald he is being subjected to mind-altering gas and radiation — and that ‘Israeli mercenaries’ are planning to assassinate him.  —  FROBLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  TEGUCIGALPA — It's been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Environmentalists Seek to Wipe Out Plush Toilet Paper  —  Soft Toilet Paper's Hard on the Earth, But Will We Sit for the Alternative?  —  By David A. Fahrenthold, Page A01  —  ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — There is a battle for America's behinds.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Why the 6-Week Deadline for Health Care Matters  —  “Orszag Sees Health Law in Six Weeks” (Bloomberg): OMB Director Peter Orszag didn't really predict a health care law in six weeks—he said “The goal would be, yes, over the next six weeks or so, maybe sooner,.”  We know all about “goals.”
Discussion: Commentary, Big Hollywood and Bloomberg
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Gene Lyons / Salon:
The public knows the GOP is fibbing
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grassley looking to form new bipartisan group for health floor fight
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
Ben Johnson / NewsReal Blog:
MSNBC Commentator: Republicans “Want to See You Dead...They Kinda …
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Greenroom
Mark Preston / CNN:
Maine TV is key front in health care battle
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
USA Today:
GOP gets big bump of donors in August
Discussion: Wake up America
New York Times:
For Christie, Family Tie No Candidate Can Relish
Discussion: New Jersey Online
 Earlier Items: 
David Cay Johnston / The Huffington Post:
GOP Favors Public Option For Property, Not People
Karen Schuberg / CNSNews:
Obama's Policies Would Redistribute Nearly $1 Trillion in Wealth Every Year
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Glenn Beck explains McCain comment, boils fake frog
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Riehl World View
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Policy Presidency’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Eric Cantor Says Woman With Growing Tumors Should Find Gov't Program Or Charity