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1:45 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.
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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.
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
MEDVEDEV ON OBAMA, IRAN
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Commentary
CNN:   Sources: Obama shared Iran intel with Russia, China
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Was Hillary Clinton right on Iran?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Swamp
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 …
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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
Bloomberg:
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
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?”
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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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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.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Ohio Senate Race
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and The Hill
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.
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.
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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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Banish the Cyber-Bigots  —  The transformation of Germany in the 1920s and '30s from the nation of Goethe to the nation of Goebbels is a specter that haunts, or should haunt, every nation.  —  The triumph of Nazi propaganda in this period is the subject of a remarkable exhibit …
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.
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.
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.
Boston Globe:
Judge rejects GOP bid to block Senate appointment  —  A Suffolk Superior Court judge today rejected a request by the state Republican Party to block the appointment of Paul G. Kirk Jr. as interim US senator, clearing the way for the Democrat to take the oath of office this afternoon in Washington.
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill, Law Blog and TPMDC
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Sources: Emanuel wanted Claypool to be placeholder  —  Plan to keep House seat warm may have included Cabinet consideration  —  It has long been claimed that Rahm Emanuel wanted to find someone to keep his congressional seat warm while he served as President Obama's chief of staff.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
ACORN Funded Political, For-Profit Efforts, Data Show  —  Documents released by a Senate Republican on Thursday show that leaders of the ACORN community organizing network transferred several million dollars in charitable and government money meant for the poor to arms of the group …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
New Analysis Brings Dire Global Warming Prediction  —  By Juliet Eilperin, Page A04  —  Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world's leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale …
 
 
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Orszagism or Nothing  —  Stupidest question on the latest CBS/NYT poll:**
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Althouse
The Huffington Post:
New Progressive Memo Sent Around Hill Warns Against Finance Committee Health Care
Discussion: TalkLeft
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
How Much Money Do Insurance Companies Make? A Primer
Discussion: Ezra Klein, WSJ.com and New York Times
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
More Obamaites to Copenhagen  —  It looks like Ray LaHood …
Discussion: The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
MoveOn To Call On Obama To Develop Exit Strategy For Afghanistan
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
Poll shows edge for Cox as GOP opens leadership conference
Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Biden on the Recovery Act: “If It Fails, I'm Dead”
Jesse Walker / Reason:
On Rhetoric, Violence, and Militias
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Wilson to Dems: You “mislead”!
Discussion: The Swamp
Oregonian:
Country club etiquette trumps legislative results
Discussion: The Huffington Post