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12:50 PM ET, September 24, 2009


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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 …
Boston Globe:
Kirk named interim senator  —  Governor Deval Patrick today named Paul G. Kirk Jr. to serve as interim US senator, making the announcement in the presence of the immediate family of the late Edward M. Kennedy.  —  “He is a distinguished lawyer, volunteer, and citizen, and he shares the sense …
Paul Kirk to fill Kennedy's Senate seat
Discussion: and The Nation
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
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Exurban League
National Review:
Kidz4Change: Singing to Dear Leader [Guy Benson]
Discussion: QandO
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.
Megan Fox / New York Post:
Prez comes across as a gullible sap  —  President Obama yesterday did his best impression of a high-school soph omore participating in his first Model UN meeting, retailing pious clichés he learned from his pony-tailed social studies teacher.  —  Even Woodrow Wilson might have blanched …
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 …
Matt Kelley / USA Today:
Stimulus funds boost number of federal jobs
Discussion: AlterNet
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
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: Weekly Standard and GOP 12
Rich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online:
Palin's Hong Kong Speech — By: Rich Lowry
Frances Robles /
They're torturing me, Honduras' 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.
Ben Johnson / NewsReal Blog:
MSNBC Commentator: Republicans “Want to See You Dead...They Kinda Like It When That Woman Has Cancer”  —  Click to see Ed Schultz's unhinged meltdown.  —  On the Wednesday evening edition of “The Ed Show,” MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz stated that Republicans want Americans to die …
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Greenroom
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.
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 …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 2012 foes  —  If Barack Obama had to stand for reelection today he'd win by as much as he did last year, if not more.  —  He leads Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Sarah Palin by anywhere from 7-15 points in hypothetical 2012 contests.  —  Huckabee comes the closest, trailing Obama 48-41.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Gene Lyons / Salon:
The public knows the GOP is fibbing  —  Only Republicans really buy the anti-healthcare reform lies.  So why are some Dems settling for such an awful bill?  —  President Obama appears at a town hall meeting on healthcare reform in Raleigh, N.C., in July.  —  “I can't tell you how many …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
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.
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: The Plum Line and 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.
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.
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.
Don Loos / Big Government:
Obama Administration Moves to Shutdown Disclosure of Big Labor-ACORN Connections  —  Even before U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was sworn in, Big Labor insiders like AFL-CIO lawyer and Obama appointee Deborah Greenfield were busily dismantling useful union financial disclosures produced by former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found … The UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire.  —  Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date to the 7th Century, is unparalleled in size and worth “a seven figure sum”.
Discussion: On Deadline
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Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
‘Extremely Unlikely’ Taxpayers Will Be Repaid $700B
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Sleep-deprived senators start the day bickering
Discussion: The Note and Weekly Standard
Big Hollywood:
Enviros Use ACORN Tactics and Attack the Journalist (Literally)
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Why the 6-Week Deadline for Health Care Matters
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Discussion: New Jersey Online
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