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8:20 PM ET, September 30, 2009

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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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Luchina Fisher / ABCNEWS:
Roman Polanski: What Did He Really Do?  —  13-Year-Old's Testimony Tells Story Behind Polanski's Guilty Plea to Unlawful Sexual Intercourse  —  In the more than 30 years since director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl and then fled the country before he was sentenced …
Discussion: Gothamist and The Reaction
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.
BBC:
French drop Polanski release call  —  The French government has dropped its public support for Roman Polanski, saying the 76-year-old director “is neither above nor beneath the law”.  —  The move follows a backlash against a campaign for Polanski's release, with several leading European politicians …
Discussion: Don Surber and Oh No They Didn't!
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Applebaum blames the victim for the rape
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Republicans decide not to introduce Grayson resolution  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans changed course on Wednesday and decided not to move forward with a resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to “die quickly.”
Discussion: Raw Story, TPM LiveWire and Salon
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Grayson: I'll apologize to the “dead”  —  Rep. Alan Grayson is not so apologetic — on the House floor:  —  And he ups the ante by comparing the lack of good health care to the Holocaust.  Oy.  —  Last night, I gave a speech and I'm not going to recount everything I said but after that speech …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Buzz
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Grayson likens health crisis, holocaust
Discussion: CNN, TPM LiveWire and Crooks and Liars
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Larson: Grayson should apologize for ‘die quickly’ remark
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Huffington Post:
Despite Outrage, Many House Republicans Have Said Dem Health Care Will Kill People
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
NRCC: Grayson displaying ‘unstable’ behavior
Discussion: Hot Air and HotAirPundit
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.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Newsmax removes column that called for military coup to resolve the ‘Obama problem.’  —  In a column published on the right-wing site Newsmax yesterday, John L. Perry writes that a military coup against President Obama is possible.  Newsmax appears to have taken down the column from its website this morning.
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Reality Check: Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame  —  Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States.  In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride …
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare  —  Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs.  —  Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Reconciliation Myths.  —  “A Primer on Reconciliation,” put together by Ken Strickland of NBC at First Read does a nice job of explaining the arcane process and some of the limits that will make it both difficult and risky to push health reform through that process, despite the appealing feature …
Keith Koffler / Roll Call:
Obama Drafts Health Care Fallback Plan
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.
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Paul / Power Line:
Why Tom Friedman should have followed his alleged instincts
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
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JammieWearingFool:
'Blithering Idiot's' Book Already No. 1 at Barnes and Noble and No. 2 at Amazon (Update: Now No. 1 at Amazon)  —  The left may have a collective aneurysm by the time Going Rogue is released, and that's still not until November 17.  —  I figure by the end of the day it'll be No. 1 at Amazon.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
National Review's John Derbyshire: Women Should Not Have The Right To Vote  —  John Derbyshire, a British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, has written a new book titled We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism.  The book contains a section called “The Case Against Female Suffrage.”
Democracy Corps:
Olympia Snowe: The Political Problems of Stopping Health Care Reform  —  Olympia Snowe enjoys broad support in her home state, but she faces significant political problems if she opposes President Obama's health insurance reform.  A Snowe vote against health insurance reform results …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democrats Ratchet Up Pressure On Snowe
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMDC
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Independents Lean GOP; Party Gap Smallest Since '05  —  Democratic advantage on leaned party ID is 48% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the third quarter of this year, 48% of Americans identified politically as Democrats or said they were independent but leaned to the Democratic Party.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on gun rights, terrorism law  —  Taking on a major new constitutional dispute over gun rights, the Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to decide whether to apply the Second Amendment to state, county, and city government laws.  In another major case among ten new grants …
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ABCNEWS:
Special Health Care for Congress: Lawmakers' Health Care Perks  —  Little Known Office on Capitol Hill Provides Quality Medical Care for Low Price  —  This fall while members of Congress toil in the U.S. Capitol, working to decide how or even whether to reform the country's health care system …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Socialized Medicine is Good Enough for Congress
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Neil Nagraj / NY Daily News:
Exhibit featuring nude photo of 10-year-old Brooke Shields sparks outrage  —  An exhibition at the Tate Modern will feature a photograph of a nude ten-year-old Brooke Shields alongside sexually explicit pop art - a decision akin to rolling out a welcome mat for perverts, outraged critics charge.
Discussion: Guardian and Runnin' Scared
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Sex, scorn and videotape  —  When John Edwards returned to North Carolina in the course of his long quest for the presidency, Andrew Young always met him at the airport in Edwards's big black Chevy Tahoe.  Young drove, and Edwards rode shotgun, silently raising his left hand whenever he wanted a Diet Coke …
Discussion: Gawker
 
 
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Chicago calls presidential Olympics mission ‘golden’ …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. to Seek Rare Meeting With Iran on Nuclear Program
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid cancels October recess to focus lawmakers on healthcare
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