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1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2009


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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's vitriolic attacks on the Jewish world hide an astonishing secret, evidence uncovered by The Daily Telegraph shows.  —  A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.
Discussion: Raw Story, Hot Air, Power Line and marbury
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Olympic Spirit  —  I didn't think it was a good idea for Obama to go to Copenhagen given the intense policy questions he as to address right now.  It seemed a trivial matter to me compared to two wars, healthcare, the Iran question and the fiscal and economic crisis.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Olympic Failure Will Test the Washington Press Corps  —  Now is the time for the mainstream media to show it's not totally in President Obama's pocket.  The Washington press corps will never fault Obama for pushing hyper-liberal policies in a moderate-to-conservative country.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Weekly Standard deletes reference to ‘Cheers’ …
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The Coming Failure On Iran  —  The Obama administration's positive tone following its first diplomatic encounter with Iran covers a deep and growing gloom in Washington and European capitals.  Seven hours of palaver in Geneva haven't altered an emerging conclusion: None of the steps the West …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Congress readies Iran sanctions if diplomacy fails
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Tony Romm / The Hill:
State Dept.: Iran inspection deadline not ‘hard-and-fast’
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Wonders if Iran Is Playing for Time or Is Serious on Deal
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Confluence
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A DECISION THAT LOOKS EVEN WORSE IN RETROSPECT.... In February, when the debate over the economic stimulus package was at its height, a handful of “centrist” Senate Republicans said they'd block a vote on recovery efforts unless the majority agreed to slash over $100 billion from the bill.
Jane M. Von Bergen /   Jobless total tops 15 million
Bruce Ackerman / Washington Post:
Generals Shouldn't Disagree Publicly With the Commander in Chief  —  The president, the Constitution tells us, is the commander in chief.  But is it true?  —  In a speech in London on Thursday, Gen. Stanley McChrystal publicly intervened in the debate over Afghanistan.
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Polling Firm's Reprimand Rattles News Media  —  ATLANTA — For Strategic Vision L.L.C., as for many polling companies, it was a regular practice: for five years the company sent out the results of its surveys on leading political races around the country, and they made their way into blog posts …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus bill may be far from final word  —  Two weeks, 130-plus amendments and the final gavel came down at 2:15 a.m. Friday.  —  But the Senate Finance Committee didn't even come close to finishing work on health reform.  —  Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) may have brought Congress closer …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Caucus
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Conscience of a Capitalist  —  The Whole Foods founder talks about his Journal health-care op-ed that spawned a boycott, how he deals with unions, and why he thinks CEOs are overpaid.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “I honestly don't know why the article became such a lightning rod,” …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Gingrich hits Obama over Olympics  —  (CNN) — Former House Speak Newt Gingrich is taking aim on Twitter at President Obama over Chicago's loss in its bid to host the 2016 Olympics:  —  @newtgingrich Somehow charm and oratory dont seem to work in foreign affirs but historians have warned …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Honduras thaw paves way for talks  —  A thaw in the Honduras political crisis has paved the way for talks between representatives of the ousted president and the man behind his downfall.  —  Aides to Manuel Zelaya and de-facto President Roberto Micheletti will reportedly meet next week.
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Bill Frist on Health Bill: I'd Vote For It  —  Or so the former Senate Republican Leader, a surgeon who has written a new book on health care, told me a few minutes ago in an interview.  —  Were he still in the Senate, “I would end up voting for it,” he said.  “As leader, I would take heat for it. ...
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Former GOP Majority Leader Bill Frist on Senate health legislation: I'd vote for it.
Discussion: MyDD
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The High Price of Being a Gay Couple
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Carol Browner: Now is the Time to Move on Climate
Discussion: MyDD and New York Times
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Todd Palin resigns from oil job
Discussion: Wonkette