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10:25 PM ET, September 25, 2009

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New York Times:
U.S. and Allies Warn Iran Over Nuclear ‘Deception’  —  PITTSBURGH — President Obama and the 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.
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Washington Post:
Iran Reveals Existence of Second Uranium Enrichment Plant  —  President Obama and the leaders of France and Britain blasted Iran's construction of a previously unacknowledged uranium enrichment facility and demanded Friday that Tehran immediately fulfill its obligations under international law …
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Obama's unplanned Iran announcement
Discussion: The Swamp
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Lieberman, Bayh, and Kyl on Iran: “Whatever It Takes...Crippling Sanctions”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama: Iran ‘on notice’ in face of ‘unprecedented show of unity’
Discussion: The Swamp
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NBC News prez blasts ALG: ‘reckless’ and ‘defamatory’ UPDATE  —  NBC News president Steve Capus fired back at Americans for Limited Government Friday, after the conservative group published an email allegedly from NBC producer Jane Stone to its director of media outreach Alex Rosenwald, with one line: “Bite me Jew Boy.”
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Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
NBC Producer to Anti-ACORN Group: ‘Bite Me, Jew Boy!’  —  **UPDATE** Politico: NBC Vehemently Denies Allegations Over Anti-Semitic Email  —  **UPDATE 2** ALG Statement in Response to Alleged NBC Email  —  **UPDATE 3** NBC News Statement  —  Apparently NBC “Dateline” …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Daily Pundit
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Kyl: 'I Don't Need Maternity Care.' Stabenow: ‘Your Mom Probably Did’  —  Just before the Senate Finance Committee wrapped up for the long weekend, members debated one of Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) amendments, which would strike language defining which benefits employers are required to cover.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Kyl Asserts 'I Don't Need Maternity Care' In My Health Policy …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   STABENOW 1, KYL .... As a rule, if a senator is pushing …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Ensign receives handwritten confirmation  —  This doesn't happen often enough.  —  Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
BUS YOUR OWN TRAY:
Ladies and gentlemen, your President is a robot.  Or a wax sculpture.  Maybe a cardboard cutout.  All I know is no human being has a photo smile this amazingly consistent.  —  On Wednesday, the Obamas hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, during which they stood …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Did Obama send cardboard cutout to UN?  —  Well, if this isn't an analogy for an empty-suit presidency, nothing will suffice.  It's too good to be true and so almost certainly isn't, but as this rapid-fire look at 130 photographs from the UN this week shows, it's hard not to draw the conclusion that the POTUS has a COTUS.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FEDS WHO CRIED ‘WOLF’.... Michael Crowley noted this morning, “It's a little weird that there hasn't been more alarm surrounding the apparently major Denver-based terror plot busted up by the feds in the past few days.  Last night, ABC News reported that authorities believe Najibullah Zazi's …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Embattled pollster defends methods  —  The American Assocation for Public Opinion Research, the blogger Nate Silver, and others have raised a serious of questions about Strategic Vision, a polling firm that occasional draws attention for early polls in lightly-polled, competitive state races.
Discussion: The Buzz and FiveThirtyEight
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Strategic Vision Polls Exhibit Unusual Patterns, Possibly Indicating Fraud  —  One of the things I learned while exploring the statistical proprieties of the Iranian election, the results of which were probably forged, is that human beings are really bad at randomization.
Srhee / Boston Globe:
Mr. Kirk goes to Washington  —  By Joseph Williams and Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff  —  WASHINGTON — Paul G. Kirk Jr. was sworn in this afternoon to start his four-month stint as junior senator from Massachusetts, stepping into a high-profile role while trying to leave the controversy over his appointment behind.
Discussion: TPMDC
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Tilt Against Sending More Troops to Afghanistan  —  Most who oppose also advocate that the U.S. begin to withdraw troops  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are more likely to say they would oppose (50%) rather than favor (41%) a possible decision by President Barack Obama to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
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Washington Examiner:
tiredofit  —  So what if it would take 2 weeks to put it on the net, what is the big rush?  Obama promised that EVERY bill would be posted on the net 3-5 days before it was voted on so people would have time to read it.  What happened to that promise?  Put the bill on the net so people …
Confederate Yankee:
Drudge's Easy Libel of the Military  —  Earlier today I noted that Drudge's link to the use of LRADs as “acoustic weapons” was over the top, which he would have easily recognized on his own if he had simply applied logic to the very video he linked.  Put simply, if an LRAD is being used as a weapon …
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
As Seen On TV!  Birthermercial Asks, Where Was Obama Really Born?  —  A new birther infomercial running on a CBS affiliate in Texas and elsewhere around the country tells viewers a “got a birth certificate?” bumper sticker can be theirs for the low price of $30.
Discussion: The Political Carnival and D-Day
Associated Press:
Hanged Census Worker Found Naked, Bound  —  BIG CREEK, Ky. (AP) — A part-time census worker found hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery was naked, gagged and had his hands and feet bound with duct tape, said an Ohio man who discovered the body two weeks ago.
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Richard M. Benjamin / The Huffington Post:
Sparkman: Casualty of Methland, USA?  Or Victim of Anti-Government Bile?
Discussion: Majikthise
New York Post:
Translator collapsed during Khadafy's rambling diatribe  —  After struggling to turn Khadafy's insane ramblings at the UN into English for 75 minutes, the Libyan dictator's personal interpreter got lost in translation.  —  “I just can't take it any more,” Khadafy's interpreter shouted into the live microphone - in Arabic.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid blocks ACORN probe  —  Tracking abuse by political allies could be ‘distracting’  —  ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — is stinking up Washington.  —  And this is far more significant than if a suspiciously large number of operatives for a purely …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bill Clinton Explains Why He's Now For Marriage Equality  —  Anderson Cooper has the scoop.  Amazingly, no one has asked him so directly before:
Discussion: Althouse
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Where's the GOP health care alternative?  —  House Democrats are marking today as the 100-day anniversary of House Republicans promising to produce their own alternative health reform bill as part of their larger effort to shed the Party of No label.  —  “I guarantee you we will provide you with a bill …
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Response to AT&T's letter to FCC on Google Voice  —  This afternoon AT&T filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission, alleging that Google Voice is preventing its users from making outbound calls to certain phone numbers with inflated access charges, and asking the Commission to intervene.
Discussion: Post I.T., TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
 
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