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2:35 AM ET, September 29, 2009


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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” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
What they're telling us — By: Mark Steyn
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 …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Chicago Machine  —  A Republican emails this morning:
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Riehl World View
Booman Tribune:
Understanding the Strategy  —  Last week, I had an exchange with Armando about the Obama administration's strategy for passing health care reform.  I want to follow up on that a bit.  As references, I want you to take a look at Joan McCarter's recent piece at Daily Kos and David Kuhn's piece at Real Clear Politics.
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
The Public Option Lives On
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
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
Dirk Johnson / New York Times:
Suspect in Illinois Bomb Plot 'Didn't Like America Very Much'  —  DECATUR, Ill. — The day before he was arrested Thursday on charges of plotting to blow up the federal building in Springfield, Michael C. Finton was working as a fry cook at Seals Fish & Chicken in this old factory town deep in the Illinois cornfields.
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 …
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
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.
Mackenzie Phillips / Associated Press:
3 accomplices in terror plot ID'd  —  Investigators have identified possible accomplices of an Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a terrorist attack on New York, a law enforcement official said Monday, but the whereabouts of the helpers or any bomb-making materials they procured are unclear.
Discussion: A Blog For All and NY Daily News
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 …
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 …
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: protein wisdom
Robert Shiller / Financial Times:
In defence of financial innovation  —  Many appear to think that the increasing complexity of financial products is the source of the world financial crisis.  In response to it, many argue that regulators should actively discourage complexity.  —  The June 2009 US Treasury white paper seemed to say this.
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.
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Obama Administration Engages Sudanese Regime It Blasted  —  EL FASHER, Sudan — The volatility of this East African nation — from the Darfur conflict to the threat of renewed civil war in the south — is becoming a test of how President Obama will reconcile a policy of engagement …
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Egypt anger over virginity faking
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Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Pajamas Media
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
James Fallows:
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Discussion: Crooked Timber
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Whitman, Fiorina reject California GOP ‘straw poll’
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