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12:00 PM ET, September 26, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Jules Crittenden
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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 …
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.
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” …
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
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
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.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
AP sources: Guantanamo might not close by January  —  WASHINGTON — The White House acknowledged for the first time Friday that it might not be able to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay by January as President Barack Obama has promised.  —  Senior administration officials told …
Discussion: The Hill, The Page and Washington Post
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
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
Srhee / Boston Globe:
Congress slaps ACORN again  —  Abandoned by even many of its Democratic allies, ACORN hit back today at Congress after it slapped the latest penalty on the community advocacy group.  —  The House voted today to avert a possible government shutdown next week by temporarily extending the current federal budget.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Did Obama send cardboard cutout to UN?  —  Well, if this isn't an analogy for an empty-suit presidency, nothing will suffice.  It's too good to be true and so almost certainly isn't, but as this rapid-fire look at 130 photographs from the UN this week shows, it's hard not to draw the conclusion that the POTUS has a COTUS.
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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
 
 
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
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Discussion: Democracy in America
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Top Republican pulls out of intelligence investigation
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