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6:00 PM ET, September 26, 2009

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CBS News:
Terror in Kentucky: Census Worker's Murder  —  Body Found Naked, Hanging From Tree in Cemetery; Had Been Gagged, Duct Taped, ‘Fed’ Scrawled on Chest  —  (CBS/AP) It was a bizarre and gruesome discovery in a remote section of eastern Kentucky: Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old teacher and part …
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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.
Washington Post:
Slain Census Taker Was Sanguine About Job's Dangers  —  MANCHESTER, Ky. — Bill Sparkman juggled three part-time jobs and chemotherapy, and he was conscientious about keeping his schedule straight.  So when he didn't show up for work at a day-care program Sept. 10, two days after he went …
New York Times:
Cryptic Iranian Note Ignited an Urgent Nuclear Strategy Debate  —  PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday evening in New York, top officials of the world nuclear watchdog agency approached two of President Obama's senior advisers to deliver the news: Iran had just sent a cryptic letter describing a small …
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Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Angry Reaction “Shocked” Head of Iran's Nuclear Program  —  The head of Iran's nuclear program said he was “shocked” by the West's angry reaction to news that his country is opening a second uranium enrichment facility, which he said was disclosed a year earlier than required by the U.N. nuclear watchdog …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
For Obama, Focus Shifts From Engagement To Pursuit of Concerted, Tough Measures
Discussion: Associated Press
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Will the media ever report about how low in the polling Republicans have sunk?  —  We constantly are seeing polling down from the major news services that follow President Obama's approval ratings and it is an important stat to keep track of, but can you tell me what the media is not covering?
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
For Democrats, Cracks in a United Front  —  WASHINGTON — Over four days and three late nights of meetings, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have largely stood up to Republicans' attacks on a proposal to overhaul the health care system.  —  But behind the scenes and away from the C-Span cameras …
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Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Public Option Action
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Washington Times:
Death panels by proxy
Discussion: Power Line
Booman Tribune:
It's At Least 11-Dimensional Chess
Discussion: The Confluence and TalkLeft
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
Uninsured 22-Year-Old Boehner Constituent Dies From Swine Flu  —  A 22-year-old woman from Oxford, Ohio, died from swine flu on Wednesday.  Kimberly Young graduated from Miami University in December and continued to live in Oxford, Ohio, within Minority Leader John Boehner's congressional distrct.
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Jeff Quackenbush / WZZM-TV:
Middleville woman threatened with fines for watching neighbors' kids  —  MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors' children.  —  Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home.
Discussion: theblogprof and Stop The ACLU
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Obama's Tortoise Tactics  —  Has President Obama outsmarted us all?  —  This was conservatives' seething summer of discontent and unhinged hysteria: town halls, tea parties and tirades.  They captured headlines and gained momentum.  Misinformation ran amuck.  President Obama's approval ratings tumbled.
Discussion: Politics Daily and TalkLeft
New York Times:
Afghanistan Troop Request Splits Advisers to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, he has discovered that the military is not monolithic in support of the plan and that some of the civilian advisers …
CNN:
Guantanamo prison not likely to close in January, officials say  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is unlikely to close by the Obama administration's deadline of January 2010, two senior administration officials said late Friday.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Schock's office was terror target
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Federal Reserve vs Congress: Lesser of Two Evils ?
Mary Eberstadt / Weekly Standard:
My Irving Kristol and Ours
Discussion: alicublog
Ron Lieber / New York Times:
The Fight Over Flexible Spending Accounts
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Moderate Voice
Srhee / Boston Globe:
Congress slaps ACORN again
Discussion: Hot Air
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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
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The Huffington Post:
Neil Barofsky, TARP Inspector: Financial System May Now Be In A …
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