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8:20 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 …
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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 …
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:   Barack at the UN: Was this Obama's most naïve speech ever?
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 Breitbart.com for secretly taping the organization's employees at its Baltimore office.  —  In the complaint, ACORN alleges …
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Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
ACORN sues hidden-camera filmmakers  —  BALTIMORE — 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.  —  The liberal group contends …
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: ACORN Sues Filmmakers
Discussion: Don Surber
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
ACORN Sues Conservative Filmmakers Over Baltimore Video
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN, on offense, sues filmmaker
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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.
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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 …
Washington Wire:
Excerpts of Sarah Palin's Speech to Investors in Hong Kong  —  Alex Frangos reports 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 in Hong Kong at an investor conference.
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Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Palin Speaks to Investors in Hong Kong
Wall Street Journal:
Palin Addresses Asian Investors
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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
Ezra Klein:
Kamikaze Obstructionism  —  You guys like polls, right? … The Republican Party's strategy against health-care reform has been something of a kamikaze mission: destroy the bill through a strategy that also destroys the party, at least in the short-term.  The hope is that if they win the war …
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Wall Street Journal:
Barney Frank on Acorn  —  He calls for an investigation—of the investigators.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In a letter published nearby, Representative Barney Frank takes us to task for an editorial last week in which we noted his absence from the House's 345-75 vote to defund Acorn …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Frank turns against ACORN
Discussion: The Politico
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) …
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 …
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
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.
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
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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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
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Discussion: TigerHawk
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Paul-inspired candidates make impact
Discussion: Reason and Below The Beltway
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New York Post:
Khadafy booted from Camp Trump
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