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9:50 AM ET, September 29, 2009

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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 …
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John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Hollywood Unites to Defend Polanski  —  Pleading guilty to unlawful sex with an underage girl — the drugging, raping and sodomizing of a 13 year-old — isn't stopping Hollywood from ginning up an indignation campaign over the possibility of fugitive director Roman Polanski being held accountable for his crimes.
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
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 …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
How Finance swing votes break down  —  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.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Abortion Fight Complicates Debate on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — As if it were not complicated enough, the debate over health care in Congress is becoming a battlefield in the fight over abortion.  —  Abortion opponents in both the House and the Senate are seeking to block the millions …
Sen. Tom Harkin / The Politico:
Why health reform will succeed
Discussion: The Swamp
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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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: … True.  Nobody minds liberal commentators expressing …
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Lloyd Marcus / American Thinker:
Stop Allowing The Left To Set The Rules
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court's New Season  —  Justices Face an Unusually Diverse Caseload; Some Legal Observers Expect the Conservative Bloc to Overrule Past Opinions  —  Questions before the Supreme Court, which begins its new term Monday, include corporate political spending, dog-fighting videos …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Caucus
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Benjamin Wittes / Washington Post:   Obama Retreats on Creating a Better System for Detaining Suspected Terrorists
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   High Court to Consider Church-State Implications of Mojave Cross
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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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Time for Obama to Act Like a President  —  Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States.  As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is.
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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:
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.
Philip K. Howard / Wall Street Journal:
Why Medical Malpractice Is Off Limits  —  A few thousand trial lawyers have a lock on Democrats, who refuse to consider any legal reform.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Eliminating defensive medicine could save upwards of $200 billion in health-care costs annually, according to estimates …
Discussion: YID With LID and Betsy's Page
Guardian:
Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican  —  The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was “busy cleaning its own house” and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.
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.
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 AfPak Channel and The Page
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 …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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.  —  FOXNews.com
Washington Post:
Start making your case.  —  Use the entry form to send us a short opinion essay (400 words or less) pegged to a topic in the news and an additional paragraph (100 words or less) on yourself and why you should win.  Entries will be judged on the basis of style, intelligence and freshness of argument …
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Porn surfing rampant at U.S. science foundation  —  Number of cases overwhelms watchdog, costs taxpayers  —  Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation …
 
 
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:
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World Bank Head Sees Dollar's Role Diminishing
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CNN planning life after Larry
Discussion: Don Surber
Associated Press:
Secret Service probing Facebook poll on Obama