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12:45 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?  ; Update: Newsmax removes column  —  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.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Newsmax: Military Coup Would Take Care Of “Obama Problem”  —  From John L. Perry at Newsmax: … Did you get that?  Perry doesn't advocate a military overthrow of the Obama administration, he's...just sayin'.  Does anyone doubt that we'll see “military coup” signs at the next tea party?
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Newsmax Columnist: Military Coup May Be Needed ‘To Resolve The Obama Problem’
Tim Teeman / Times of London:   US under Obama could slide into military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Would a Troop Surge Help or Harm Afghanistan?
Discussion: Political Punch
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
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: American Power and USS Neverdock
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner blasts Obama's Olympic move
Discussion: TBogg and Real Clear Politics
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
All Hail Tom Harkin!  He says he has the votes to pass a public option  —  Senator Tom Harkin, who leads the HELP committee, made a stunning statement to The Hill: … That's great news.  Let's hope it plays out this way.  —  Mike Lux has more: … And Digby has more:
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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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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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid cancels October recess to focus lawmakers on healthcare  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has cancelled the Senate's Columbus Day recess so that lawmakers can focus on passing healthcare reform legislation during the week of Oct. 12.  —  Reid said the Senate would likely …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Washington Post Admits to Bogus Quote
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