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3:55 PM ET, September 26, 2009


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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 …
Josh / Right Wing Watch:
Right-Wing Census Paranoia [VIDEO]  —  There are many unanswered questions about the tragic hanging death of Bill Sparkman, a US Census Bureau employee, in rural Kentucky.  But one thing is clear.  Right-Wing leaders like Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and media outlets like Fox News …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
For Obama, Focus Shifts From Engagement To Pursuit of Concerted, Tough Measures
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Public Option Action
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Booman Tribune:
It's At Least 11-Dimensional Chess
Discussion: The Confluence and TalkLeft
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: Stop The ACLU
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
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.
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.
Mary Eberstadt / Weekly Standard:
My Irving Kristol and Ours  —  What the master taught his apprentices.  —  A young woman came by to visit the Policy Review offices a few weeks ago.  Fresh out of a prestigious graduate school, enamored of both philosophy and creative writing, she'd been sent by a mutual friend and was looking for work.
Discussion: alicublog
The Huffington Post:
Neil Barofsky, TARP Inspector: Financial System May Now Be In A “Far More Dangerous Place” (VIDEO)  —  The Huffington Post Investigative Fund  —  Neil Barofsky is the man who tracks the historic bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.  The 39-year-old special inspector …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and the talking dog
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.”
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 …
Washington Times:
Death panels by proxy
Discussion: Power Line
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Ron Lieber / New York Times:
The Fight Over Flexible Spending Accounts
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Srhee / Boston Globe:
Congress slaps ACORN again
Discussion: Hot Air
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance
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TSA agents union fires back at Chaffetz
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Mr. Kirk goes to Washington
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bill Clinton Explains Why He's Now For Marriage Equality
Discussion: GayPatriot, Liberal Values and Althouse
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Embattled pollster defends methods
Discussion: Daily Kos and Glenn Thrush's Blog