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12:20 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 Reveals Existence of Second Uranium Enrichment Plant  —  President Obama and the leaders of France and Britain on Friday blasted Iran's construction of a previously unknown uranium enrichment facility and demanded that Tehran immediately fulfill its obligations under international law or risk the imposition of harsh new sanctions.
Domenico Montanaro /
Discussion: Commentary
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Was Hillary Clinton right on Iran?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Swamp
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
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.
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?”
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.
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
Boston Globe:
Ruling expected by noon on GOP bid to block Kirk appointment  —  A Suffolk Superior Court judge has promised to decide before noon today whether to grant a request by the state Republican Party to block the appointment of Democrat Paul G. Kirk Jr. as interim US senator.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Kirk Heads to Senate With Brief, Crucial Mission
Discussion: Law Blog and Reason
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.
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 and
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.
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.
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 …
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Brad Heath / USA Today:
Stimulus takes detour around ailing metropolitan area roads
Discussion: ProPublica
Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Biden on the Recovery Act: “If It Fails, I'm Dead”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jesse Walker / Reason:
On Rhetoric, Violence, and Militias
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Lawmakers slam newspaper bailout idea
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