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10:20 AM ET, September 25, 2009


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New York Times:
Iran Said to Have Covert Nuclear Facility  —  PITTSBURGH — President Obama and leaders of Britain and France accused Iran on Friday of building a secret underground plant to manufacture nuclear fuel, saying the country has hidden the covert operation from international weapons inspectors for years.
Washington Post:
Iran Reveals Existence of Second Uranium Enrichment Plant  —  The government of Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it is building a previously undisclosed uranium enrichment plant for making fuel, the nuclear watchdog agency said Friday.
Fox News:
Obama Demands Iran Open Secret Nuke Plant to Inspectors  —  President Obama, joined by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the opening of the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, demanded weapons inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency be granted immediate access to the facility.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
David Jackson / Associated Press:
Obama: Iran's secret nuke facility ‘inconsistent with a peaceful program’  —  President Obama opened G-20 summit day with a bang this morning, condemning Iran for hiding the existence of a secret nuclear facility and demanding that it be opened to international inspections.
Discussion: Commentary and Stop The ACLU
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Leaders accuse Iran of secret facility
Discussion: The Swamp
Ben Macintyre / Times of London:
Iran admits to secret second nuclear plant built inside mountain
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Washington Post
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Iran's nuclear enrichment: Next step?
CNN:   Obama says Iran is breaking the rules
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats Are Jarred by Drop In Fundraising  —  Complacency, Absence of Big Donors Cited  —  Democratic political committees have seen a decline in their fundraising fortunes this year, a result of complacency among their rank-and-file donors and a de facto boycott by many of their wealthiest givers …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
It's time for Obama to take off the kid gloves
Discussion: Moe Lane and Redhot
New York Times:
In Poll, Public Wary of Obama on War and Health  —  President Obama is confronting declining support for his handling of the war in Afghanistan and an electorate confused and anxious about a health care overhaul as he prepares for pivotal battles over both issues, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Important signal to industry groups: White House and Senate Finance …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Dallas Morning News:
Man arrested in alleged attempt to bomb Dallas skyscraper  —  Staff reports  —  Federal authorities arrested a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen whom they said placed an inactive car bomb today at Fountain Place, a 60-story skyscraper in downtown Dallas.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Afghan Imperative  —  Always there is the illusion of the easy path.  Always there is the illusion, which gripped Donald Rumsfeld and now grips many Democrats, that you can fight a counterinsurgency war with a light footprint, with cruise missiles, with special forces operations and unmanned drones.
Discussion: Salon, JustOneMinute, Commentary and marbury
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Ginsburg Is Hospitalized As Precaution  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Washington Hospital Center on Thursday when she fell ill at the court after being treated for an iron deficiency.  —  Ginsburg, 76, “developed light headedness and fatigue” …
Associated Press:
Justice Ginsburg hospitalized
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
Washington Post:
White House Regroups on Guantanamo  —  With four months left to meet its self-imposed deadline for closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration is working to recover from missteps that have put officials behind schedule and left them struggling to win the cooperation of Congress.
Scott / Power Line:
Netanuyahu to UN: “Have you no shame?”  —  The Wall Street Journal report on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech at the UN General Assembly today caught my attention: … The Jerusalem Post report on Netanyahu's dramatic speech is here.  The full text of the speech is here …
The Huffington Post:
Blue Dog Opposition To Public Option Fades In Whip Count  —  Blocking a public health insurance option is a relatively low priority for conservative Blue Dog Democrats, according to an ongoing survey of its members.  The fading House opposition could clear the way for the public option to move through the chamber.
E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
The Logic of Paul Kirk  —  In naming Paul Kirk, the former Democratic National Committee chair, to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, Gov. Deval Patrick (D) of Massachusetts followed the cardinal rule of Hippocratic politics: First, do no harm.  —  Patrick clearly learned from the experience …
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Democrat Wilder Withholds Endorsement in Va. Governor's Race  —  Former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder announced Thursday that he would not endorse either of the gubernatorial candidates this year, despite multiple overtures by the White House that he throw his support behind Democrat R. Creigh Deeds.
Political Punch:
Yosi Sergant Resigns  —  ABC News' Yunji de Nies Reports:  —  Embattled former National Endowment for the Arts communications director Yosi Sergant is out of a job.  Late this afternoon, the NEA released a short statement saying, “This afternoon Yosi Sergant submitted his resignation from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Fox News:
Elementary School Students Taught to Sing Praises of President Obama  —  Nearly 20 young children are captured in an online video as they sing songs that overflow with campaign slogans and praise for “Barack Hussein Obama,” as they repeatedly chant the president's name and celebrate his accomplishments.
Ehud Barak / Wall Street Journal:
At the U.N., Terrorism Pays  —  It was my duty as defense minister to stop Hamas rockets.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  This week the United Nation's Human Rights Council produced a 600-page report alleging that Israel carried out war crimes in Gaza.  The Goldstone Report …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Blame the Media!  —  With the health care debate raging in Washington, President Obama of late has turned to a dependable bogeyman to rally the Democratic base behind his proposal: the media.  —  During his round of interviews last weekend, the president repeatedly hit the media …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's Easy Being Green  —  So, have you enjoyed the debate over health care reform?  Have you been impressed by the civility of the discussion and the intellectual honesty of reform opponents?  —  If so, you'll love the next big debate: the fight over climate change.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Prairie Weather
Julie Bykowicz / Baltimore Sun:
ACORN says it has sued filmmakers  —  Group charges breach of Md. taping law, may sue in other places  —  ACORN, the embattled community organizing group with employees who were captured dispensing financial advice to a young couple posing as a pimp and prostitute, says it has filed a lawsuit …
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Washington Post:
Aide to D.C. Council's Graham Charged With Taking Bribes on Taxi Issues
Discussion: Reason
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
In Need of Cash, Arizona Puts Offices on Sale
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Obama's ‘Red Carpet,’ Up Close and Personal
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Man unearths Anglo-Saxon treasure
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