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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 …
Guardian:
Roman Polanski arrest: Hollywood unites in his defence  —  Roman Polanski's surprise arrest in Switzerland has everyone speculating as to why it happened when it did - could it be politically motivated?  —  The surprise detention of Roman Polanski has been met with indignation in Hollywood …
LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
Roman Polanski still being hounded by L.A. County prosecutors  —  With the state Legislature forced to make dramatic cuts in the prison budget and a three-judge federal panel having recently ordered California lawmakers to release as many as 40,000 inmates in response to the scandalous overcrowding …
Patterico's Pontifications:
WaPo Columnist Has Undisclosed Conflict of Interest on Roman Polanski Matter
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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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Fear of Fascism, ‘Gay Agenda’ Dominates Conservative Kickoff for Midterm Elections  —  How to Take Back America Conference, St. Louis (Photo by: David Weigel)  —  ST. LOUIS — Kitty Werthmann has made quite a career out of warning Americans that fascism is on its way.
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: Althouse and Don Surber
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Iran smolders, Afghanistan burns, and Obama heads to...Denmark  —  With growing pressure for decisions on life-or-death issues in Afghanistan and Iran, this morning the White House announced that President Obama will soon travel to...Copenhagen.  Obama will be in Denmark for just a few hours …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Chicago Machine  —  A Republican emails this morning:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Drudge Report:
FOX-TV CHICAGO ORDERED NOT TO RUN ANTI-OLYMPICS STORY
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
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
The Public Option Lives On  —  Tuesday is a critical day in the saga of the public option.  Democrats Charles Schumer (New York) and Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia) are introducing an amendment to include the public option in the bill to be reported out by the Senate Finance Committee …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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
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
New York Times:
A Nuclear Debate Brews: Is Iran Designing Warheads?  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama stood last week with the leaders of Britain and France to denounce Iran's construction of a secret nuclear plant, the Western powers all appeared to be on the same page.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and ThreatsWatch
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.
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 …
Lloyd Marcus / American Thinker:
Stop Allowing The Left To Set The Rules  —  I am so sick of the Left being allowed to make the rules.  Imagine the absurdity of a competition in which one side is allowed to set the rules against their opponent.  The Left tells us what is racist.  The Left tells us what we can and cannot say.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
A new push to define ‘person,’ and to outlaw abortion in the process  —  Some abortion foes think the rationale for Roe vs. Wade is vulnerable.  They're trying to amend state constitutions — including California's — to define personhood from conception.  —  It is one of the enduring questions …
Discussion: American Power and Hullabaloo
Radley Balko / Reason:
The Infallible Prosecutor  —  A prosecutor manufactures evidence in order to win a conviction.  After the convicted serves 25 years in prison, exculpatory evidence pointing to another perpetrator surfaces.  The convicted is released.  Should he be able to sue the prosecutor who concocted the false evidence used to convict him?
Discussion: Angry Bear
 
 
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