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9:50 PM ET, September 28, 2009

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Kate Harding / Salon:
Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child  —  Roman Polanski raped a child.  Let's just start right there, because that's the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in “exile” …
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Richard Cohen / PostPartisan:
Let Polanski Go — But First Let Me At Him  —  It's alright with me if Roman Polanski is freed by the Swiss authorities who have detained him at the request of the United States — if first I get a chance to bust him one in the mouth.  I agree that it has been a very long time since …
Patterico's Pontifications:
WaPo Columnist Has Undisclosed Conflict of Interest on Roman Polanski Matter
Anne Applebaum / PostPartisan:
The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski
Drudge Report:
FOX-TV CHICAGO ORDERED NOT TO RUN ANTI-OLYMPICS STORY  —  A local TV station that reported on Chicagoans NOT wanting the Olympics has been told NOT to run the report again, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT!  —  The Chicago Olympic Committee told FOX Chicago that its broadcast “would harm Chicago's chances” to be awarded the games.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Chicago Machine  —  A Republican emails this morning:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Conference Tells Activists To Get Their Guns Ready For ‘Bloody Battle’ With Obama The Nazi  —  At the How To Take Back America Conference last weekend, conservative speaker Kitty Werthmann led a workshop called “How to recognize living under Nazis & Communists.”
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Associated Press:
Secret Service probing Facebook poll on Obama  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Secret Service is investigating an online survey that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated, officials said Monday.  —  The poll, posted Saturday on Facebook, was taken off …
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CNN:
Secret Service says it's investigating Facebook poll on Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Palin finishes memoir, ‘Going Rogue,’ out Nov. 17  —  NEW YORK — Sarah Palin (PAY'-lin) has finished her memoir just four months after the book deal was announced.  Her publisher says the release date has been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17.  —  Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin's title: ‘Going Rogue’  —  Sarah Palin's publisher plans to announce Tuesday that the title of her eagerly awaited memoir will be “Going Rogue: An American Life.”  —  Publication is being moved up from spring to Nov. 17 in order to catch the holiday book-buying season.
Booman Tribune:
Understanding the Strategy  —  Last week, I had an exchange with Armando about the Obama administration's strategy for passing health care reform.  I want to follow up on that a bit.  As references, I want you to take a look at Joan McCarter's recent piece at Daily Kos and David Kuhn's piece at Real Clear Politics.
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Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
The Public Option Lives On
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
Reid the Quarterback May Call on Obama to Referee
Amanda Carpenter / The washington times Blogs:
U.S. commander in Afghanistan talked with Obama only once  —  The military general credited with capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, says he has spoken with President Obama only once since taking command in Afghanistan.
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Jet halted at LAX; two men are removed by police [Updated]  —  A plane was stopped from taking off from Los Angeles International Airport, and two men on board were taken into custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.  —  LAPD Lt. John Romero said the men …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Darren Samuelsohn / New York Times:
Boxer, Kerry Set to Introduce Climate Bill in Senate  —  Ending some nine months of closed-door deliberations, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) will release global warming legislation Wednesday that they hope will be the vehicle for broader Senate negotiations and an eventual conference with the House.
Mackenzie Phillips / New York Post:
CNN planning life after Larry  —  Larry King's contract with CNN is set to expire in 18 months — and the cable network's chiefs are busy lining up his successor in case he retires.  —  King, 75, has been interviewing celebrities since 1985.  Sources say CNN's first choice to succeed him would be
Discussion: Don Surber and TVNewser
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Daily Beast Seeks to Publish Faster  —  Having ramped up her metabolism from magazines to online journalism with The Daily Beast, Tina Brown now wants to speed up book publishing.  —  In a joint venture with Perseus Books Group, The Daily Beast is forming a new imprint, Beast Books …
Daily Express:
SAUDIS WILL LET ISRAEL BOMB IRAN NUCLEAR SITE  —  INTELLIGENCE chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran's new nuclear site.  —  The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials …
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Iraq, the unraveling (XXIV): U.S. embassy vs. U.S. military, again  —  American insiders in Baghdad say the relationship between the top U.S. commander there, Gen. Raymond Odierno, and the top civilian official there, Amb.  Christopher Hill, is deteriorating rapidly.
Discussion: Mudville Gazette and Taylor Marsh
William H. Frist / US News:
An Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Would Benefit All  —  Nobody should fear bankruptcy due to illness or injury  —  William H. Frist, a Tennessee Republican, is a heart surgeon and the former U.S. Senate majority leader.  —  I believe in limited government and individual responsibility …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Telegraph:
Andy Williams accuses Barack Obama of following Marxist theory  —  Andy Williams, the veteran pop singer, has accused Barack Obama of “following Marxist theory” and “wanting the country to fail”.  —  Williams, a lifelong Republican whose hits include Moon River and Music To Watch Girls By …
Discussion: Don Surber
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
24 Blue Dogs Have Said They Support a Public Option  —  The fact that a Blue Dog has supported a public option in the past does not mean that they will support one now — their principles tend to be lobbyist-flexible.  But Nate Silver's number crunching indicates that most of those who have done …
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
The Limits of Charisma  —  Mr. President, please stay off TV.  —  If ubiquity were the measure of a presidency, Barack Obama would already be grinning at us from Mount Rushmore.  But of course it is not.  Despite his many words and television appearances, our elegant and eloquent president remains …
WorldNetDaily:
Dead Census worker: Victim of open borders?  —  Two weeks ago, Census taker Bill Sparkman died choking, hands and feet bound, hanging naked from a tree in a remote site in Daniel Boone National Forest in Clay County, Ky. Someone had scrawled “fed” on his chest with a felt-tipped pen.
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
People Can Opt Out of Listing STDs, Abortions in Gov't-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Patrick Kennedy Says  —  (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D.-R.I.) says people will be able to stop doctors from including records of sexually transmitted diseases and abortions in the new national system …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Whitman, Fiorina reject California GOP ‘straw poll’  —  (CNN) - Two Republican statewide candidates in California are touting the results of a state GOP convention straw poll that showed conservative activists overwhelmingly rejecting the gubernatorial bid of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman …
 
 
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Steve Coll In / Think Tank:
Ink Spots  —  I mentioned in the previous post in this series …
Jim Prevor / Weekly Standard:
Doesn't a Thesis Need to be Defended?
Magdi Abdelhadi / BBC:
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Radley Balko / Reason:
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James Fallows:
One crucial B. McCaughey update
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