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9:50 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” …
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 …
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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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama: Iran ‘on notice’ in face of ‘unprecedented show of unity’
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
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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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and News Hounds
Richard M. Benjamin / The Huffington Post:
Sparkman: Casualty of Methland, USA?  Or Victim of Anti-Government Bile?
Discussion: Majikthise
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: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
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.
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
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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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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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
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
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Embattled pollster defends methods  —  The American Assocation for Public Opinion Research, the blogger Nate Silver, and others have raised a serious of questions about Strategic Vision, a polling firm that occasional draws attention for early polls in lightly-polled, competitive state races.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Buzz
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Strategic Vision Polls Exhibit Unusual Patterns, Possibly Indicating Fraud
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 …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Group of 20 Agrees on Far-Reaching Economic Plan  —  PITTSBURGH — One year after a financial crisis that began in the United States tipped the world into a severe recession, leaders from both rich countries and fast-growing powerhouses like China agreed on Friday to a far-reaching effort to revamp the economic system.
 
 
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Srhee / Boston Globe:
Mr. Kirk goes to Washington
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Behind the Furor Over a Climate Change Skeptic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bill Clinton Explains Why He's Now For Marriage Equality
Discussion: Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
G-20 Agrees to Deal on Economy
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
As Seen On TV! Birthermercial Asks, Where Was Obama Really Born?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and D-Day
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Chickens Roosting — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Discussion: Democracy in America
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Top Republican pulls out of intelligence investigation
Telegraph:
Pakistan discovers ‘village’ of white German alQaeda insurgents
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Sources: Emanuel wanted Claypool to be placeholder
Discussion: Emptywheel and TPMDC
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
How Much Money Do Insurance Companies Make? A Primer