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4:40 PM ET, September 25, 2009

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New York Times:
Iran Said to Have Covert Nuclear Facility  —  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 …
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Ahmadinejad Rejects Obama's Nuke Warning, and His Stance May Succeed  —  Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned President Barack Obama against pressing Tehran about new revelations that Iran has been constructing a secret uranium-enrichment plant.  “If I were Obama's adviser …
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
MEDVEDEV ON OBAMA, IRAN  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  According to representatives of the Russian government, Russia's President Medvedev praised President Obama effusively during a question-and-answer session with students at the University of Pittsburgh.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Gateway Pundit
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Experts weigh in on Iran revelations (UPDATED)
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Was Hillary Clinton right on Iran?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Swamp
CNN:   Sources: Obama shared Iran intel with Russia, China
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   STABENOW 1, KYL .... As a rule, if a senator is pushing …
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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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 …
New York Times:
Terror Case Is Called One of the Most Serious in Years  —  WASHINGTON — Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, senior government officials have announced dozens of terrorism cases that on closer examination seemed to diminish as legitimate threats.  The accumulating evidence …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FEDS WHO CRIED ‘WOLF’.... Michael Crowley noted this morning …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
The Ticking Zazi Bomb?
Discussion: Salon and Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: The purported military “arrest” …
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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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: The Hill and Scorecard's Blog
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?”
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.
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, Law Blog and The Hill
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Kirk Late / The Note:
Kirk Late for Work on First Day
Discussion: The Politico
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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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.
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
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 … and TPMDC
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.
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: Glenn Thrush'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.
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 …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
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.
Discussion: Big Lizards, Weekly Standard and QandO
 
 
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