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2:40 PM ET, September 23, 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 …
Nile Gardiner / Telegraph:
The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak  —  It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits Barack Obama when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, writes Nile Gardiner.  —  Barack Obama's Gallup approval rating of 52 percent may well be lower at this stage …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's time warp: The U.S. is still the bad guy  —  Senior Political Analyst  —  In the early 1980s, while planning a vacation in Latin America, I went to bookstores to find histories of the region.  All I could find were Marxist tracts arguing that “the people” were exploited …
Washington Times:
Worst foreign policy ever
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Power Line
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, at U.N., Sets New Tone for U.S.
New York Times:
Obama Considers Strategy Shift in Afghan War  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including a plan advocated by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to scale back American forces and focus more on rooting out Al Qaeda there and in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
At Pentagon's Request, Washington Post Delayed Story on Afghanistan Report  —  To Bob Woodward, it was the modern-day equivalent of the Pentagon Papers.  But to Obama administration officials, the classified assessment of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, if disclosed by The Washington Post …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
It's Not About the Troops  —  Only a legitimate Afghan government can beat the Taliban.  —  The push is on for President Barack Obama to send more troops to Afghanistan, perhaps as many as 40,000 more.  Boxing in Obama was almost certainly the aim of whoever gave the Washington Post's Bob Woodward …
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
72-hour delay? Eh, Dems say
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Health Insurance Mandates
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Pundit
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: On Health Care, Republicans Aren't Listening
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Palin slams Obama's spending in debut speech in Asia
Washington Wire:
Excerpts From Palin's Speech to Investors in Hong Kong
Discussion: FP Passport and Wonkette
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Glenn Beck, Post-Modern Conservative  —  Buried in the cross-tabs of the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is a question that takes a temperature reading of Glenn Beck.  Beck actually makes out pretty well.  While just 24 percent of Americans have a favorable view of him (13 percent strongly so) …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Carper Publicly Defends Secret PhRMA Pact; Deal Made in Exchange for Support Ads  —  In a stunning moment during the Senate Finance Committee markup Sen. Tom Carper defended a secret deal that the White House, Baucus, and PhRMA had reached.  The White House has long denied the deal.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Did Sen. Tom Carper Just Admit PhRMA and the White House Had a Laws-for-Ads Deal?
Discussion: Hot Air
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Limit Use of State Secrets Privilege  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is preparing to impose new limits on the government assertion of the state secrets privilege used to block lawsuits for national security reasons.  The practice was a major flashpoint in the debate …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Meet The New State Secrets Policy, Not So Different From The Old …
Fox News:
Up to 24 More People Sought as NYC Tightens Security in Terror Probe  —  NEW YORK — Police in New York City stepped up their patrols and increased their random searches on subways and buses Wednesday following reports that as many as 24 more people are being sought in a suspected cross-country terror plot.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New poll: Democrat lead over GOP is smallest in five years; doubts about Obama continue to grow  —  The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll asked respondents whether they would prefer to see next year's elections result in a Congress controlled by Democrats or a Congress controlled by Republicans.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
New York Post:
Khadafy booted from Camp Trump  —  W'chester foils Trump guest  —  Unwelcome Libyan thug Moammar Khadafy briefly found a comfy spot to rest his foul head yesterday — at Donald Trump's palatial estate in suburban Westchester.  —  But town officials in tony Bedford put the kibosh …
Discussion: BBC, The New Republic and On Deadline
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Missouri Senate  —  2010 Missouri Senate: Blunt 46%, Carnahan 46%  —  Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt are dead even in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of the hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate in Missouri.
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.”
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and Salon
Mike Lux / The Huffington Post:
Triggering a Democratic Civil War  —  Media reports and insider buzz make it increasingly clear that key people at the White House have become obsessed with Olympia Snowe on health care, and are willing to do pretty much whatever she demands in order to get her on board.
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Budget chief contradicts Obama on Medicare costs  —  WASHINGTON — Congress' chief budget officer is contradicting President Barack Obama's oft-stated claim that seniors wouldn't see their Medicare benefits cut under a health care overhaul.  —  The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office …
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Discussion: Wonkette, Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
On Human Rights, Liberals Paralyzed by Internal Struggles
Discussion: Commentary
John Koblin / New York Observer:
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Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Romenesko
McCain blasts ‘disconnect’ between WH and military leaders
Ryan Young / The Politico:
Cap-and-trade will depress home prices
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