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2:30 PM ET, September 26, 2009

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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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Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Obama's unplanned Iran news  —  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 …
David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
With Iran, ‘The Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion’  —  Graham Allison, a Harvard professor who is one of America's leading security strategists, likes to speak of the U.S.-Iranian nuclear confrontation as “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.”  Well, on Friday morning …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
For Obama, Focus Shifts From Engagement To Pursuit of Concerted, Tough Measures
Discussion: Associated Press
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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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 …
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?
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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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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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
AP sources: Guantanamo might not close by January
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
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
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Federal Reserve vs Congress: Lesser of Two Evils ?  —  I was invited to testify this week to the House Financial Services Committee about reform and regulation.  —  I politely demurred.  —  While I have been critical of the Federal Reserve (especially the Greenspan years) …
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance  —  Many Health-Care Workers Required to Get Vaccines  —  With the H1N1 pandemic spreading rapidly, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies and other U.S. health-care workers for the first time are being required to get flu shots …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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Washington Times:
Death panels by proxy
Discussion: Power Line
Ron Lieber / New York Times:
The Fight Over Flexible Spending Accounts  —  The tumult at the town hall meetings has mostly died down and the debates over socialized medicine have gotten a bit old for everyone.  But the fate of a benefit that puts hundreds of millions of dollars in Americans' pockets each year remained unresolved …
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Schock's office was terror target
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Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Public Option Action
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Srhee / Boston Globe:
Congress slaps ACORN again
Discussion: Hot Air
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Group of 20 Agrees on Far-Reaching Economic Plan
Discussion: The Caucus and Washington Post
Booman Tribune:
It's At Least 11-Dimensional Chess
Discussion: The Confluence and TalkLeft
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TSA agents union fires back at Chaffetz
Srhee / Boston Globe:
Mr. Kirk goes to Washington
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bill Clinton Explains Why He's Now For Marriage Equality
Discussion: GayPatriot, Althouse and Liberal Values
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Embattled pollster defends methods
Discussion: Daily Kos and Glenn Thrush's Blog
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
As Seen On TV! Birthermercial Asks, Where Was Obama Really Born?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and D-Day