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8:00 AM ET, September 28, 2009


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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Despite pressure, McChrystal to hold firm on request for troops  —  Gen. Stanley McChrystal said he will not back down from his request for additional troops in Afghanistan, even though Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration have been hesitant to embrace it.
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.
Wall Street Journal:   Gates: Setting Afghan Withdrawal Date Would Be ‘Strategic Mistake’
Rich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online:
Frank Rich—Afghan War Hypocrite — By: Rich Lowry
Discussion: and Dr. Sanity
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, 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 …
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
Triumphant Merkel eyes new coalition
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, Truthdig and PoliBlog
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.
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 …
Discussion: Truthdig
NY Daily News:
John Edwards' ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter, targeted by Elizabeth Edwards in blog comments - source  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards is said to be ready to admit that he fathered a love child.  But Hades may have a skating rink before his wife, Elizabeth, signs off on such a confession.
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: Daily Pundit
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 …
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.
Babysitting ban review ordered  —  Lucy Jarrett: “Our children have grown up together”  —  England's Children's Minister wants a review of the case of two police officers told they were breaking the law, caring for each other's children.  —  Ofsted said the arrangement contravened …
Kathy Marks / The Independent:
The Australian town that kicked the bottle  —  Drinking fountains replace shop-bought mineral water in environmental initiative  —  Plastic bottles were ceremoniously removed from shelves in the sleepy Australian town of Bundanoon at the weekend as a ban on commercially-bottled water - believed to be a world first - came into force.
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Brown: ‘I fight on’  —  Labour launches conference fightback as ‘Independent’ poll shows new leader could head off defeat  —  Support for the Conservative Party is so flimsy that Labour could head off a general election defeat by ousting Gordon Brown, according to a survey for The Independent.
Discussion: Guardian and
‘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 …
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Paul Begala / The Politico:
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Jerusalem Post:
Policemen wounded in Temple Mt. riots
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Michael Riley / Denver Post:
D.C. job alleged as attempt to deter Romanoff
Discussion: Open Left and Hullabaloo
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Caucus
Bruce Walker / American Thinker:
The Ugly American  —  Five decades ago, during the heart …
Discussion: CNN and RedState
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LizardBreath / Unfogged:
This Is Shameful  —  US District Judge Colleen Kottar-Kelly …