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12:00 PM ET, September 30, 2009

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John L. Perry / NewsMax.com:
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.
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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.
Terry Krepel / Media Matters for America:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Is today Military Dictatorship Day?  —  In case anyone thinks that one side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on paranoid ranters, we present today's offering from Gore Vidal (Left) and John Perry (Right) on the coming American military dictatorship.  Both men agree that it's a likelihood, and both men blame Barack Obama.
Tim Teeman / Times of London:   US under Obama could slide into military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Newsmax: Military Coup Would Take Care Of “Obama Problem”
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
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New York Times:
The Polanski Case  —  Roman Polanski was arrested on Saturday at the Zurich airport on an American-issued warrant.  But to hear the protests from the French, the Poles and other Europeans, you might have thought the filmmaker was seized by some totalitarian regime for speaking truth to power.
Christian Toto / Big Hollywood:
HuffPo Goes All In to Defend Polanski, Readers Revolt
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.
Ezra Klein:
Schumer: 'We Don't Have 60 Votes.'  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer's public option amendment failed, 13 to 10.  Kent Conrad, Max Baucus and Blanche Lincoln opposed it.  Moments before the roll call, Baucus explained that he was going to vote no, but not because he opposed the measure.
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
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 …
Victoria Gotti / New York Post:
Sarah's lectures a tough sell  —  SARAH Palinis said to have pocketed a $7 million advance for the 400-page memoir she turned in four months early, but she might not have such an easy time on the lecture circuit.  —  After quitting as governor of Alaska in July, Palin signed …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Pentagon airs criticism of 'don't ask'  —  Journal article backs gay troops; May signal brass open to debate  —  WASHINGTON - An article in the Pentagon's top scholarly journal calls in unambiguous terms for lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, arguing that the military …
Discussion: Shakesville, The Caucus and ATTACKERMAN
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Nike to quit Chamber post  —  Nike will relinquish its spot on the board of directors at the Chamber of Commerce to protest the business lobby's opposition to climate-change legislation.  —  “We believe that on the issue of climate change the Chamber has not represented the diversity …
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: Nice Deb, Commentary and Maggie's Farm
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Many in U.S. See Health Insurance as Personal Responsibility  —  Majorities place responsibility on government when no alternative is presented  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In a recent Gallup survey, 89% of Republicans, 64% of independents, and 61% of Americans overall say Americans themselves …
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Commentary
Meraiah Foley / New York Times:
Scores Are Killed as Tsunami Hits Samoa Islands  —  SYDNEY, Australia — A powerful tsunami generated by an undersea earthquake on Tuesday has killed at least 89 people and wiped out several villages on the tropical islands of American Samoa and Samoa, according to government officials, the police and local residents.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Goldberg Calls Out Fox News Hosts ‘Pretending To Be Journalists’...On Fox News  —  Something happened on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor last night that rarely occurs in cable news - criticism of a network, on that network.  FNC Contributor and weekly Factor guest Bernie Goldberg was on with Bill O'Reilly …
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.”
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
 
 
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Ben Geman / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Lifting Iran's Nuclear Veil
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Jindal to GOP: Work with Obama
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Gary Larson / Human Events:
Washington Post Admits to Bogus Quote
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