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8:15 AM ET, September 29, 2009


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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 …
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 …
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 …
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Hollywood Unites to Defend Polanski
LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
Roman Polanski still being hounded by L.A. County prosecutors
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
A breakdown of Finance swing votes  —  With 13 Democrats and 10 Republicans, the math is on Baucus's side.  But getting a majority of panel members to back his bill is no easy task — especially with some Democrats complaining about various provisions of the bill he spent months crafting.
Discussion: The Politico
Sen. Tom Harkin / The Politico:
Why health reform will succeed  —  Momentum is building in Congress to pass a strong health reform bill this year.  The president continues to make a powerful case for action.  All the major industry stakeholders — hospitals, doctors, insurers and the pharmaceutical industry — are on board.
Discussion: The Swamp
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Abortion Fight Complicates Debate on Health Care
Discussion: The BLT and The Page
Booman Tribune:
Understanding the Strategy
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
The Public Option Lives On
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
What they're telling us — By: Mark Steyn  —  This piece by Lloyd Marcus, a black conservative, is called “Stop Allowing The Left To Set The Rules”, and deals with the alleged racism of the anti-Obama opposition.  As Mr Marcus notes:  —  The Left published a cartoon depicting former black Secretary …
Lloyd Marcus / American Thinker:
Stop Allowing The Left To Set The Rules
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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.”
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 …
Secret Service says it's investigating Facebook poll on Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Political Carnival
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner on National Review Online:
Patrick Gaspard, ACORN, and Obama — By: Stanley Kurtz  —  With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Dr. Sanity
Matthew Vadum / American Spectator:
ACORN's Man in the White House
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
In Bad Times for Capitalism, Socialists in Europe Suffer  —  PARIS — A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of Socialism's slow collapse.  —  Even in the midst of one of the greatest challenges to capitalism in 75 years, involving a breakdown of the financial system due to …
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
Fox News:
McChrystal Says He's Talked With Obama Once Since Taking Afghanistan Command  —  The disclosure that the president and his top Afghanistan commander have talked just once added to concerns that the administration is waiting too long to deal with a request for more troops.  —
Discussion: USS Neverdock and Pajamas Media
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
U.S. Says Taliban Has A New Haven in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — As American troops move deeper into southern Afghanistan to fight Taliban insurgents, U.S. officials are expressing new concerns about the role of fugitive Taliban leader Mohammad Omar and his council of lieutenants …
Discussion: The Page
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
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
How Brown health rumours began  —  • Alleged link between diet and medication fed speculation  —  • Andrew Marr and BBC say line of questioning was fair  —  The story began in a little known blog more than three weeks ago, and whizzed around the internet - with fleeting mentions …
Agence France Presse:
Empire State Building turns red-yellow for China's 60th  —  NEW YORK — New York's iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of communist China.  —  The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
No Detail Is Overlooked as China Prepares to Celebrate  —  BEIJING — Domesticated pigeons of this city, take note: Until Oct. 1, you are prohibited by government edict from flying over the center of China's capital.  —  Do not take it personally, however.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
World Bank Head Sees Dollar's Role Diminishing  —  WASHINGTON — The president of the World Bank said on Monday that America's days as an unchallenged economic superpower might be numbered and that the dollar was likely to lose its favored position as the euro and the Chinese renminbi assume bigger roles.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
People Can Opt Out of Listing STDs, Abortions in Gov't-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Patrick Kennedy Says  —  ( - 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 …
Deborah Charles / Reuters:
U.S. blasts ousted Honduran for “foolish” return  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States blasted ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya for his “irresponsible and foolish” return from exile before a settlement was reached in the Central American country's political crisis.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Truthdig
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Leading Dem Plans To Blow Up Deal With Big Pharma
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Mackenzie Phillips / Associated Press:
3 accomplices in terror plot ID'd
Discussion: A Blog For All
Robert Shiller / Financial Times:
In defence of financial innovation
William H. Frist / US News:
An Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Would Benefit All
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Egypt anger over virginity faking
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Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Jet halted at LAX; two men are removed by police [Updated]
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Radley Balko / Reason:
The Infallible Prosecutor  —  A prosecutor manufactures evidence …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
24 Blue Dogs Have Said They Support a Public Option

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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