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3:45 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 …
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Boston Globe:
Kirk named to fill Kennedy seat  —  By Matt Viser, Frank Phillips, and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff  —  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.
UPI:
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Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi shoots down public option ‘trigger’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday shot down a healthcare compromise that has been viewed as the best chance for getting a bipartisan bill through the Senate.  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected the idea of a “trigger” for a public option.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top House Liberal: We've Still Got Strong Bloc Of Votes Against …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TPMDC
Michelle Malkin:
“Mmm mmm mmm:” New details about the Dear Leader song video; Update: School responds  —  Scroll for updates...  Photoshop: Leo Alberti  —  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.
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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
Marist Poll:
9/24: NY Voters to Obama, “Mind Your Business”  —  The White House is urging Governor David Paterson not to run for office next year, but what do New York State voters think?  62% say the Obama Administration is wrong to suggest the governor should not run while 27% think Washington is well within its rights to get involved.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin breaks with McCain on F-22 cuts
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Rove: Conservatives need ‘Obamacare’ alternative
Discussion: The Page
Frances Robles / MiamiHerald.com:
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.
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The Note:
Finance Fireworks - Cutting Benefits vs. a Govt. Takeover  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Tempers flared this morning as the Senate Finance Committee continues to slog through its mark up of a sweeping health care reform bill.  —  Sen. Max Baucus, who chairs the Finance Committee …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Sleep-deprived senators start the day bickering
Wall Street Journal:
Medicare and Gag Orders
Discussion: Reason
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.
Tom Andrews / The Huffington Post:
Classified McChrystal Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan  —  Congress Should Hold Hearings on Alternatives to Major Escalation  —  Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal's classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion …
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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.
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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.
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Rod Boyce / newsminer.com • Fairbanks, Alaska:
An apology to Sarah Palin  —  The Daily News-Miner has had its agreements and disagreements with now-former Gov. Sarah Palin at various points during her time serving the state of Alaska.  We have tried to maintain respect for the office of governor and to be generally civil when discussing Mrs. Palin …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Wonkette
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Doug Wilder whacks Deeds  —  Former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder announced Thursday that he will not be endorsing a candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race, while mounting some sharp criticism at Democrat Creigh Deeds over his stance on taxes and guns.
BBC:
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: Jules Crittenden and On Deadline
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
HuffPo Cofounder Takes On ‘Democrat-Media Complex’  —  On September 10, Andrew Breitbart launched his new site, BigGovernment, with hidden-video camera footage of two young conservative activists who'd gotten Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) employees to advise …
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
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.
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 …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
ACORN Files Suit Against Conserative ‘Pimp’ - And May Give Us A Look At His Funding  —  This is going to be interesting, because under discovery, ACORN's attorney will have the right to look into videographer O'Keefe's financial records.  Gee, I wonder if anyone else was funding him - and if so, who?
Michael Ledeen / The Corner on National Review Online:
Is Obama Naïve?  — By: Michael Ledeen  —  I don't think so.  I think that he rather likes tyrants and dislikes America.  I think he'd like to be more powerful, I think he is trying to get control over as much of our lives as he can, so that he can put an end to the annoying tumult of our public life.
Discussion: The American Scene
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 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in August suggests that economic activity has picked up following its severe downturn.  Conditions in financial markets have improved further, and activity in the housing sector has increased.
 
 
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Anne Chaon / Agence France Presse:
Islands warn of extinction at UN climate week
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Mass. GOP files injunction to stop appointment
Discussion: TPMDC
Gallup:
Seniors Lean Against New Healthcare Law
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
“What a Disgrace”  —  Bibi kills at the UN.
Discussion: Commentary
Barbara Barrett / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
ACORN scandal taking toll on group's N. Carolina office
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:
Wisdom of taxing rich questioned
David Rogers / The Politico:
A Postal Service bailout?
Discussion: Hot Air and Conservative Dallas
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
‘Extremely Unlikely’ Taxpayers Will Be Repaid $700B
Discussion: Don Surber
Mallary Jean Tenore / poynter.org:
News Consumer Study: Media Helped Elect and Continue to Promote Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Iowa Governor's Race
Don Loos / Big Government:
Obama Administration Moves to Shutdown Disclosure of Big Labor-ACORN Connections
Gene Lyons / Salon:
The public knows the GOP is fibbing
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TalkLeft and The Sideshow
Rich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online:
Palin's Hong Kong Speech — By: Rich Lowry