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9:40 AM ET, September 28, 2009


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Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Obama can't downsize to success in Afghanistan  —  The president appears to be dragging his feet on more troops for the struggle, but that's what an effective counterinsurgency strategy requires.  —  During last year's campaign, Barack Obama stressed that while he wanted to withdraw from Iraq, he was no pacifist.
Rich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online:
Frank Rich—Afghan War Hypocrite — By: Rich Lowry  —  We are experiencing a festival of liberal hypocrisy on the Afghan war, as all the left-wing doves who touted the war as absolutely essential for years back off now that it's no longer a politically convenient war.  Note these lines in Frank Rich's column today:
Discussion: and Dr. Sanity
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Despite pressure, McChrystal to hold firm on request for troops
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
McChrystal's War  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal believes he can win in Afghanistan.
Discussion: marbury
Patterico's Pontifications:
WaPo Columnist Has Undisclosed Conflict of Interest on Roman Polanski Matter  —  In an earlier post I noted substantial inaccuracies and omissions in a post by Washington Post pundit Anne Applebaum in support of Roman Polanski.  (For example, she said Polanski fled during his trial; in fact …
Anne Applebaum / PostPartisan:
The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski  —  Of all nations, why was it Switzerland — the country that traditionally guarded the secret bank accounts of international criminals and corrupt dictators — that finally decided to arrest Roman Polanski?  There must be some deeper story here …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Copenhagen-bound for IOC  —  by Mark Silva and updated again at 9 am EDT  —  President Barack Obama, who initially planned to let First Lady Michelle Obama represent the United States in Copenhagen this week, when the International Olympic Committee chooses a site for the 2016 summer games, plans to travel there too.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to make Olympics pitch  —  President Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, later this week to make a final push to get the International Olympic Committee to choose his hometown of Chicago for the 2016 Summer Games, the White House tells POLITICO.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.  —  NASHVILLE — Liz Cheney looks nothing like her father, but it is clear who he is.  She was introduced as “our favorite vice president's daughter” at a recent gathering of conservative women here.  She kept invoking him in her speech …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
On Medicare Spending, a Role Reversal  —  Republicans, Not Interest Groups, Fight Plans to Cut $400 Billion Over 10 Years  —  After years of trying to cut Medicare spending, Republican lawmakers have emerged as champions of the program, accusing Democrats of trying to steal from the elderly to cover the cost of health reform.
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 …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
William Safire, 1929-2009  —  William Safire, who died today …
Joe Holley / Washington Post:
William Safire, 79; Celebrated Columnist for N.Y. Times
Discussion: The Nation
Deepti Hajela / Associated Press:   William Safire, speechwriter and columnist, dies
Claus Christian Malzahn / Spiegel Online:
Welcome to the New Germany  —  After Sunday's election, Germany's political landscape has been shaken up, perhaps for ever.  Angela Merkel's conservatives will be able to form a coalition government with the business-friendly FDP, but the balance of power between the two parties has fundamentally shifted.
Discussion: MyDD
Soeren Kern / Pajamas Media:
Germany Swings to the Center-Right
Dan / Riehl World View:
Was Census Worker Bill Sparkman A Child Predator?  —  Update: Before any more people start going bonkers that I'm accusing Sparkman of anything, take a breath.  I've done a fair amount of crime blogging mixed in with politics over time.  One doesn't rule anything in or out without some firm answers.
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
There Are Only Two Choices Left on Iran  —  An Israeli or U.S. military strike now, or a nuclear Tehran soon.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Unless you are a connoisseur of small pictures of bearded, brooding fanatical clerics there is not much reason to collect Iranian currency.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Daily Pundit
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James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Bank Pulls Back From Acorn Work
Discussion: DailyFinance
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Romney critical of Obama's Afghan policy—but hesitant himself
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Politico
Washington Times:
Trial lawyers lobby sinks $6.2M in debt
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Pundit
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Christie Has the Lead, Corzine Has the Cash in N.J. Governor Race
Discussion: and Taegan Goddard's …
Kathy Marks / The Independent:
The Australian town that kicked the bottle
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Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Brown: ‘I fight on’  —  Labour launches conference fightback …
Discussion: Guardian and
Babysitting ban review ordered
Jerusalem Post:
Policemen wounded in Temple Mt. riots
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Bruce Walker / American Thinker:
The Ugly American  —  Five decades ago, during the heart …
Discussion: CNN and RedState