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10:00 AM ET, September 30, 2009


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John L. Perry /
Obama Risks a Domestic Military ‘Intervention’  —  There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.”  Don't dismiss it as unrealistic.  —  America isn't the Third World.  If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Would a Troop Surge Help or Harm Afghanistan?
Discussion: Political Punch
Christian Toto / Big Hollywood:
HuffPo Goes All In to Defend Polanski, Readers Revolt  —  The Huffington Post has made it crystal clear where it stands on the news that director Roman Polanski may have to answer for his 31-year-old crime of child rape: “Move on, everyone.  Nothing to see here.  Keep on directing, Roman.  Love ya!”
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Roman Polanski: backlash as Whoopi Goldberg says director didn't commit ‘raperape’  —  Whoopi Goldberg is facing a fierce backlash after saying that film director Roman Polanski didn't commit “rape-rape” when he had unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.  —  Goldberg, star of The Color Purple …
Wim Wenders / Guardian:
Release Polanski, demands petition by film industry luminaries
Washington Post:
After Votes, Prospects for Public Health Insurance Option Dim in Senate  —  Key Committee Rejects Proposals For Government Health Insurance  —  A key Senate panel twice beat back efforts Tuesday to create a government-run insurance plan, dealing a crippling blow to the hopes of liberals seeking …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
What Obama won't say about the Afghan war today, at least publicly  —  This is a messy time for the nation's politics.  And this seemingly serene autumn day is quietly crucial.  —  Despite all the excitement and promise of a fresh Barack Obama administration cleaning house from eight years …
Discussion: USS Neverdock and The Foundry
Wall Street Journal:
White House Starts Review of Afghan Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — The White House began its review of the Afghan war strategy in earnest Tuesday, with senior administration officials meeting via videoconference with the top commander in Kabul, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, at the start of what could be weeks …
Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Bombed on Health Care  —  The public wasn't dumb enough to believe the public option would save money.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Someday this country will have a health-care debate that's not abject in its idiocy.  —  It will involve a term used by Congressional Budge …
Discussion: Commentary and Maggie's Farm
Quinnipiac University:
Corzine Creeps Up On Christie In New Jersey Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Favor Property Tax Cap 8-1  —  Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine has cut Republican challenger Christopher Christie's lead in half and now trails the former federal prosecutor 43 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
In New Jersey, Would-Be Boss Is Big Boss Fan
Discussion: and New Jersey Online
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Sarah Palin, a Soon-to-Be Publishing Phenom  —  Barracuda goes rogue.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Sarah Palin may no longer be governor of Alaska, but she's certainly destined to become a best-selling author.  HarperCollins, her publisher, has announced the print-run of her memoir …
New York Times:
Lifting Iran's Nuclear Veil  —  THE disclosure of Iran's secret nuclear plant has changed the way the West must negotiate with Tehran.  While worrisome enough on its own, the plant at Qum may well be the first peek at something far worse: a planned, or even partly completed, hidden nuclear archipelago stretching across the country.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Michael Ledeen / Wall Street Journal:
We've Been Talking to Iran for 30 Years  —  The seizure of the U.S. embassy followed the failure of Carter administration talks with Ayatollah Khomeini's regime.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Obama administration's talks with Iran—set to take place tomorrow in Geneva …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Grayson: GOP wants ‘you to die’  —  Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., warned Americans that “Republicans want you to die quickly” during an after-hours House floor speech Tuesday night.  —  His remarks, which drew angry and immediate calls for an apology from Republicans, were highlighted by a sign reading …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Where Did ‘We’ Go?  —  I hate to write about this, but I have actually been to this play before and it is really disturbing.  —  I was in Israel interviewing Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin just before he was assassinated in 1995.  We had a beer in his office.  He needed one.
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
VIDEO: Kelsee Brown is not — repeat, is not — a right-wing extremist  —  MANCHESTER, Ky. — Having a late dinner Tuesday with Manchester Enterprise news director Morgan Bowling at the Huddle House here, our interview was interrupted by the cook.  —  “Are you a reporter?” she asked …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Defunding ACORN faces surprise hurdles  —  Legal, unintended consequences cited  —  Congress is rushing to defund the controversial group ACORN, but its efforts might have unintended consequences: Some argue that one version of the effort violates the Constitution, while a growing chorus …
Tim Teeman / Times of London:
Gore Vidal: 'We'll have a dictatorship soon in the US'  —  The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don't expect Barack Obama to save it  —  A conversation with Gore Vidal unfolds at his pace.  He answers questions imperiously, occasionally playfully, with a piercing, lethal dryness.
Jeff Poor /
Bette Midler Warns Glenn Beck Could Set Off a Rwanda-Like Civil War in U.S.  —  It's just what the primetime cable news lineup needed - another hour-long program tilted toward left-of-center politics with character assassination on conservatives.  —  CNN Headline News debuted its …
Washington Examiner:
Bill  —  I can think of nothing more disturbing than the use of fallen soldiers as political fodder.  Shame on you, you political hacks.  May God forgive you.  —  So the Pres doesn't have time to discuss the General's troop request, but has time to continue pushing Heathcare reform 60% …
Gateway Pundit:
Sarkozy Sees Obama As Incredibly Naive & Grossly Egotistical  —  Jack Kelly from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette told Greta Van Susteren that Sarkozy is furious with President Obama over his Iran speech and his misguided global disarmament obsession.  —  French President Sarkozy thinks President Obama …
Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:
Guns allowed in Arizona bars starting Wednesday  —  PHOENIX — Bartender Randy Shields was serving British brews and Arizona ambers as usual at Shady's bar in east Phoenix when he saw a customer walk in with a hunting knife strapped to his hip.  —  A disturbing image flashed through his mind — “that knife sliding between my ribs.”
Corrie MacLaggan / Postcards:
Perry campaign: Webcast was victim of ‘political sabotage’  —  Gov. Rick Perry's campaign says that his Webcast this morning was attacked, preventing users from logging in to watch Perry deliver a campaign message.  —  “This planned and coordinated attack was political sabotage …
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Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
The age of New Labour is over. The only question is what will survive
Discussion: normblog
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lawmakers jack up spending for themselves: $500K for town halls
Discussion: HotMES
Brian Wingfield / Forbes:
Seeing Red On Cap And Trade
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
An Inside Look at How Goldman Sachs Lobbies the Senate
Investor's Business Daily:
Out-Foxing The Times  —  Media: The New York Times …
Discussion: The American Scene
Gary Larson / Human Events:
Washington Post Admits to Bogus Quote
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Success Against al-Qaeda Cited
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Jacques Steinberg / The Choice:
At Tufts, an Attempt to Prohibit Sex When a Roommate Is in the Room