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5:10 PM ET, September 27, 2009

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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
William Safire, Nixon Speechwriter and Times Columnist, Is Dead at 79  —  William Safire, a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist for The New York Times who also wrote novels, books on politics and a Malaprop's treasury of articles on language …
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 …
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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 …
Richard Wilner / New York Post:
The dead end kids  —  Young, unemployed and facing tough future  —  The unemployment rate for young Americans has exploded to 52.2 percent — a post-World War II high, according to the Labor Dept. — meaning millions of Americans are staring at the likelihood that their lifetime earning potential …
David Jolly / New York Times:
Roman Polanski Is Arrested in Switzerland  —  PARIS — Roman Polanski, the director of legendary films including “Chinatown” and “Rosemary's Baby,” was arrested in Switzerland on a 31-year-old international warrant as he arrived to attend the Zurich Film Festival, the Swiss authorities said Sunday.
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Andrew J. Bacevich / Washington Post:
Let's Beat the Extremists Like We Beat the Soviets  —  America's long war, which began on Oct. 7, 2001, when U.S. bombs and missiles started falling on Afghanistan, has become the longest in this country's history.  The eighth anniversary of the conflict beckons, with no end in sight.
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Fed Held Back as Evidence Mounted on Subprime Loan Abuses  —  The visits had a ritual quality.  Three times a year, a coalition of Chicago community groups met with the Federal Reserve and other banking regulators to warn about the growing prevalence of abusive mortgage lending.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: Right wing is weaker  —  Former President Bill Clinton told NBC's David Gregory on “Meet the Press” that the so-called “vast right-wing conspiracy” still exists and is “as virulent as it was,” but has had its impact diminished by the nation's changing demographics.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Swamp and Scared Monkeys
msnbc.com:
‘Meet the Press’ transcript for Sept. 27, 2009  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday: The president on the world stage at a time of growing danger.  The U.S. says Iran has a secret underground nuclear facility capable of weapons production.  —  PRES. BARACK OBAMA: Iran is on notice that …
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.
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.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:   Go All-In, Or Fold  —  In Afghanistan, Splitting the Difference …
Newsweek:
The Taliban in Their Own Words … From the magazine issue dated Oct 5, 2009  —  During wars and after them, the real voice of the enemy is rarely heard.  Propaganda is plentiful, as are prideful boasts—and the Taliban have certainly been quick studies at the modern art of information warfare.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:   Afghan Insurgents' Diverse Funding Sources Pose Challenges
Martina Stewart / CNN:
‘I very much enjoy working for’ Obama, Gates says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was a prominent member of former President George W. Bush's Cabinet, told CNN that he is enjoying working for Bush's Democratic successor.  —  In an interview broadcast Sunday …
Michael Riley / Denver Post:
D.C. job alleged as attempt to deter Romanoff  —  WASHINGTON — Not long after news leaked last month that Andrew Romanoff was determined to make a Democratic primary run against Sen. Michael Bennet, Romanoff received an unexpected communication from one of the most powerful men in Washington.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Reuters:
Iran State Media Report Short-Range Missile Test  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran test-fired short-range missiles as its elite Revolutionary Guards began war games on Sunday aimed at boosting the Islamic Republic's deterrent capabilities, official media reported.
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BBC:
Triumphant Merkel eyes new coalition
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Bruce Walker / American Thinker:
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This Is Shameful  —  US District Judge Colleen Kottar-Kelly …
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Benjamin Kerstein / The New Ledger:
Why Israel is Unlikely to Attack Iran
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Peter Dreier / The Huffington Post:
First They Came For ACORN  —  First Big Business, Glenn Beck …
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