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3:17 AM ET, September 26, 2009

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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NBC News prez blasts ALG: ‘reckless’ and ‘defamatory’ UPDATE  —  NBC News president Steve Capus fired back at Americans for Limited Government Friday, after the conservative group published an email allegedly from NBC producer Jane Stone to its director of media outreach Alex Rosenwald, with one line: “Bite me Jew Boy.”
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Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
NBC Producer to Anti-ACORN Group: ‘Bite Me, Jew Boy!’  —  **UPDATE** Politico: NBC Vehemently Denies Allegations Over Anti-Semitic Email  —  **UPDATE 2** ALG Statement in Response to Alleged NBC Email  —  **UPDATE 3** NBC News Statement  —  Apparently NBC “Dateline” …
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.
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   Kyl Asserts 'I Don't Need Maternity Care' In My Health Policy …
BUS YOUR OWN TRAY:
Ladies and gentlemen, your President is a robot.  Or a wax sculpture.  Maybe a cardboard cutout.  All I know is no human being has a photo smile this amazingly consistent.  —  On Wednesday, the Obamas hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, during which they stood …
Discussion: Gothamist, Mediaite and Newsweek Blogs
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Did Obama send cardboard cutout to UN?  —  Well, if this isn't an analogy for an empty-suit presidency, nothing will suffice.  It's too good to be true and so almost certainly isn't, but as this rapid-fire look at 130 photographs from the UN this week shows, it's hard not to draw the conclusion that the POTUS has a COTUS.
Associated Press:
Hanged Census Worker Found Naked, Bound  —  BIG CREEK, Ky. (AP) — A part-time census worker found hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery was naked, gagged and had his hands and feet bound with duct tape, said an Ohio man who discovered the body two weeks ago.
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Richard M. Benjamin / The Huffington Post:
Sparkman: Casualty of Methland, USA?  Or Victim of Anti-Government Bile?
Discussion: Majikthise
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Obama's unplanned Iran announcement  —  Late Thursday night, two hours after it sent out President Barack Obama's Friday schedule, the White House told reporters it was adding another event - a statement that he would give in the morning.  Amid all the hoopla of the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh …
Discussion: The Swamp
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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: The Buzz and FiveThirtyEight
Booman Tribune:
It's At Least 11-Dimensional Chess  —  I, too, have been irritated with the growing currency of the derisive term 11-Dimensional Chess.  The term is used to dismiss the possibility that there is a rhyme and reason behind Obama's strategies (particularly on health care).
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Examiner:
tiredofit  —  So what if it would take 2 weeks to put it on the net, what is the big rush?  Obama promised that EVERY bill would be posted on the net 3-5 days before it was voted on so people would have time to read it.  What happened to that promise?  Put the bill on the net so people …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Power Line
Maura Flynn / Big Government:
Sarkozy Mocks Obama at UN Security Council: Hello, Big Media?  —  One of my favorite features of the Newseum in Washington, DC is the daily display of newspaper front pages from around the world.  Today, Canada's National Post was a standout with Alex Spillius' coverage of a clash between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Telegraph
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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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
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
TSA agents union fires back at Chaffetz  —  The union representing TSA agents is striking back against Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), saying he chose to use a machine that would allow guards to see him naked.  —  Chaffetz was involved in a confrontation in Salt Lake City Airport Monday …
Washington Times:
Death panels by proxy  —  Baucus bill pressures doctors to stop treatments  —  Yes, there are death panels.  Its members won't even know whose deaths they are causing.  But under the health care bill sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat …
Discussion: Power Line
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bill Clinton Explains Why He's Now For Marriage Equality  —  Anderson Cooper has the scoop.  Amazingly, no one has asked him so directly before:
Discussion: Althouse
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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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
The Huffington Post:
New Progressive Memo Sent Around Hill Warns Against Finance Committee Health Care  —  In a late-game push to pass the public option, progressive groups are trying to convince Democrats that it would be political suicide to pass a bill requiring people to buy insurance coverage but not giving them the choice of a government-run plan.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Kausfiles
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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.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Behind the Furor Over a Climate Change Skeptic  —  WASHINGTON — Alan Carlin, a 72-year-old analyst and economist, had labored in obscurity in a little-known office at the Environmental Protection Agency since the Nixon administration.  —  In June, however, he became a sudden celebrity …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Chickens Roosting — By: Victor Davis Hanson  —  Where to begin with the “surprise” announcement of a second, previously undisclosed “nuclear facility”?  Some thoughts:  —  (1) This is Iran's answer to the Obama video peace offensive.  This summer we kept quiet while thousands went …
 
 
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Srhee / Boston Globe:
Mr. Kirk goes to Washington
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Wall Street Journal:
G-20 Agrees to Deal on Economy
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Lieberman, Bayh, and Kyl on Iran: “Whatever It Takes...Crippling Sanctions”
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Washington Times:
Intelligence is a critical need
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Sources: Emanuel wanted Claypool to be placeholder
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Orszagism or Nothing  —  Stupidest question on the latest CBS/NYT poll:**
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Althouse
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
How Much Money Do Insurance Companies Make? A Primer
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Banish the Cyber-Bigots
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