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12:50 PM ET, September 25, 2009


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New York Times:
Leaders Warn Iran Over Nuclear Site  —  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 Admits 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 …
Marc Lynch:
The Iran nuclear revelation  —  Last night, President Obama along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Nikolas Sarkozy announced that the IAEA had been presented with detailed evidence about the existence of a previously undisclosed Iranian nuclear enrichment facility.
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Was Hillary Clinton right on Iran?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Swamp
Domenico Montanaro /
Discussion: Commentary
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Iran admits building covert enrichment facility (UPDATED)
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama, Sarkozy, and Brown on Iran's Secret Nuclear Site
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Commentary
Ben Macintyre / Times of London:
Iran admits to secret second nuclear plant built inside mountain
Discussion: Washington Post and Jihad Watch
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Public Thinks GOP Doesn't Want Compromise, But Wants Obama To Keep Trying Anyway
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Important signal to industry groups: White House and Senate Finance …
Schumer, Rockefeller to Test Baucus on Public Option
Discussion: The Greenroom
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Where's the GOP health care alternative?
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
It's time for Obama to take off the kid gloves
Discussion: Moe Lane and Redhot
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
So Off Message  —  From the new Times/CBS poll out this evening ...  “Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete with private health insurance plans?”
Ezra Klein:
Why France's Health Care Is So Good, The Public Option So Bad and the Co-Ops So Incomplete: An Interview With Kent Conrad.  —  Sen. Kent Conrad chairs the Budget Committee, serves on the Finance Committee and was a member of the Gang of Six.  I spoke to Conrad today about what Americans …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: California Senate  —  2010 California Senate: Boxer Beats Fiorina, DeVore  —  So far, so good for incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer in match-ups against her two best-known Republican opponents to date in California's 2010 race for the U.S. Senate.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Ohio Senate Race
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Swing-State Blues  —  Virginia Democrat Creigh Deeds is running for governor...and running away from President Obama.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Not so long ago, Democrats were thrilled by the long length of Barack Obama's coattails.  Creigh Deeds would be a lot more thrilled today if he could just step off.
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
MoveOn To Call On Obama To Develop Exit Strategy For Afghanistan  —  In its first direct pressure on President Obama over a major war-and-peace issue, MoveOn will call on the president today to develop an exit strategy for Afghanistan, a MoveOn official confirms to me.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Wilson to Dems: You “mislead”!  —  Joe Wilson, wallowing in his new found millions, is lending a bit of his unlikely bad-boy appeal to the National Republican Congressional Committee, popping out a fundraising letter blasting Nancy Pelosi for failing to post all bill online 72 hours prior to votes.
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Biden on the Recovery Act: “If It Fails, I'm Dead”  —  ABC News' Karen Travers reports:  —  On a conference call today, Vice President Biden told 30 of the nation's governors that if the Recovery Act fails, he's “dead.”  —  Biden was providing an update to the governors (and if they couldn't make it …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Banish the Cyber-Bigots
Wall Street Journal:
Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets U.S. Loan
Discussion: RedState
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
Poll shows edge for Cox as GOP opens leadership conference
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
New Analysis Brings Dire Global Warming Prediction
Jesse Walker / Reason:
On Rhetoric, Violence, and Militias
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Boston Globe:
Ruling expected by noon on GOP bid to block Kirk appointment
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and Law Blog
Ernest Istook / Human Events:
Senate Cloaks Obamacare
Country club etiquette trumps legislative results
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Can't Move The Needle
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Obama's ‘Red Carpet,’ Up Close and Personal
Discussion: marbury
Ehud Barak / Wall Street Journal:
At the U.N., Terrorism Pays
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Fox News:
Elementary School Students Taught to Sing Praises of President Obama