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8:45 AM ET, September 27, 2009

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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 …
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Go All-In, Or Fold  —  In Afghanistan, Splitting the Difference May Be Obama's Most Dangerous Choice  —  Sitting in an air-conditioned office within this gargantuan NATO encampment in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. officer pointed to a map of Kandahar province that indicated, with small …
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
No Deadline Set for Decision on Troops  —  President Obama has not set a deadline for determining a new strategy or for committing more troops to the war in Afghanistan, despite an urgent request from his top commander, his national security adviser said Saturday.
Discussion: Commentary
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama at the Precipice  —  THE most intriguing, and possibly most fateful, news of last week could not be found in the health care horse-trading in Congress, or in the international zoo at the United Nations, or in the Iran slapdown in Pittsburgh.  It was an item tucked into a blog at ABCNews.com.
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Déjà vu: Afghan Surge Skeptics Same As Iraq Surge Naysayers  —  John McCormack points to this piece in the New York Times, which says that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Senator John Kerry and Senator Jack Reed are the three people outside of the administration …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Tuning In Too Late  —  ON Sept. 12, an Associated Press article inside The Times reported that the Census Bureau had severed its ties to Acorn, the community organizing group.  Robert Groves, the census director, was quoted as saying that Acorn, one of thousands of unpaid organizations promoting …
Discussion: Don Surber and TigerHawk
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Michelle Malkin:
A welcome message for the NYT's new “opinion media monitor”  —  Pity the New York Times.  —  Even when the Fishwrap of Record is admitting how out of touch it is, its editors still can't get the story right.  —  Hapless ombudsman Clark Hoyt writes in his Sunday column that his paper …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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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Michael Gerson / PostPartisan:
All About Obama  —  I've refrained from commenting on President Obama's address to the United Nations General Assembly because the speech made me angry.  And most postings — or letters, or e-mails — written while angry are better discarded or deleted.  —  But this address grows more disturbing on further reading.
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Obama links civil rights, health care  —  President Barack Obama used a dinner-time address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to make an impassioned plea for health care reform, placing it in the tradition of the civil rights struggle.  —  Obama, who last year addressed the group …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Note
Peter Dreier / The Huffington Post:
First They Came For ACORN  —  First Big Business, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs, the Religious Right, the Wall Street Journal, Mitch McConnell, and Karl Rove came for ACORN, and the Democrats did not speak out — because they were not ACORN.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Post Editor Ends Tweets as New Guidelines Are Issued  —  As tweets on Twitter, they're pretty innocuous.  —  “We can incur all sorts of federal deficits for wars and what not,” read a recent one.  “But we have to promise not to increase it by $1 for healthcare reform?  Sad.”
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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