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7:30 PM ET, September 25, 2009

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New York Times:
Iran Is Warned 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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama: Iran ‘on notice’ in face of ‘unprecedented show of unity’
Discussion: The Swamp
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Lieberman, Bayh, and Kyl on Iran: “Whatever It Takes...Crippling Sanctions”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Was Hillary Clinton right on Iran?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Swamp
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.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Igor / Wonk Room:
Stabenow Replies To Kyl: You Don't Need Maternity Benefits, ‘But Your Mother Did’  —  This afternoon, while debating an amendment to prohibit the federal government from “defining the health care benefits offered through private insurance,” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) argued, “I don't need maternity care …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Ezra Klein
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   STABENOW 1, KYL .... As a rule, if a senator is pushing …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Kyl Asserts 'I Don't Need Maternity Care' In My Health Policy …
Discussion: The Politico
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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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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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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Embattled pollster defends methods
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Buzz
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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Ezra Klein:
CBO: A Strong Public Plan Saves Lots of Money  —  According to Congress Daily, the CBO says attaching the public plan to Medicare rates will save even more money than originally thought: … In other words, the conservatives want to spend $85 billion more than the liberals do.
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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: Talking Points Memo and D-Day
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: Emptywheel and TPMDC
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.
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.
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Top Republican pulls out of intelligence investigation  —  The top Republican on the Senate intelligence committee has pulled out of the panel's bipartisan review of Bush-era terrorist interrogation techniques, saying Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s criminal investigation into the CIA undermines …
Discussion: The Hill and Glenn Thrush's Blog
Telegraph:
Pakistan discovers ‘village’ of white German alQaeda insurgents  —  Investigators have discovered a “Jihadi village” of white German al-Qaeda insurgents, including Muslim converts, in Pakistan's tribal areas close to the Afghan border.  —  By Dean Nelson in New Delhi and Allan Hall in Berlin
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 …
Discussion: YID With LID
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!
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?”
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
How Much Money Do Insurance Companies Make?  A Primer  —  In response to my last post, readers left several provocative comments on the profits earned by commercial health insurance companies — provocative in the sense that they provoke me to elaborate.  I propose to do so in this and next week's post.
 
 
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