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7:35 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 …
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
William Safire, 1929-2009  —  William Safire, who died today, was a breakthrough figure—the first professional Republican ideologue of his time to become a mainstream fixture in journalism.  Indeed, when he was hired by the New York Times to write a column after his tenure as a speechwriter …
Discussion: Power Line and Pajamas Media
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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CNN:   Polanski arrested in connection with 1970s sex charge
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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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.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:   Go All-In, Or Fold  —  In Afghanistan, Splitting the Difference …
BBC:
Triumphant Merkel eyes new coalition  —  Chancellor Angela Merkel has been returned to power in Germany, with forecasts showing her conservative bloc on course for a clear election victory.  —  Mrs Merkel told supporters they had achieved “something magnificent”, but said she wanted …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, Truthdig and PoliBlog
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.
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.
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.
Jerusalem Post:
Policemen wounded in Temple Mt. riots  —  Article's topics: Jerusalem, Police, Riots  —  Twelve policemen and 15 rioters were wounded Sunday in riots on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and later in the Old City.  —  Approximately 150 Muslim worshipers participated in the disturbance on the Temple Mount …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Bachmann in St. Louis: Defund the Left, Beware One-World Currency  —  ST. LOUIS — Speaking to a packed hotel ballroom at the conservative How to Take Back America Conference, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said that exposes of “criminal tomfoolery” inside of ACORN could kick off a campaign to “defund the left.”
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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 …
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Peter Dreier / The Huffington Post:
First They Came For ACORN  —  First Big Business, Glenn Beck …
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