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2:50 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.
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.
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
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Dana Loesch /
Roland Burris: “You know who is to blame for us losing the Olympics?  Bush.”  —  Wow, what a stretch.  Can I blame Bush, too?  I'm having a HEINOUS hair day and it's all Bush's fault.
Discussion: and QandO
Paul Sullivan / New York Times:
Too Rich to Worry?  Not in This Downturn  —  IT turns out the other half — or at least the tiny slice who live at the top of the wealth pyramid — are not sleeping any better than the rest of America.  —  At a closed-door meeting of advisers to family offices — which serve families …
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 …
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,” …
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.
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
Brent Baker /
Garofalo: Led by Limbaugh, ‘Tea-Baggers’ a ‘White Power Movement’ Motivated by ‘Racism’  —  “Actress/activist” Janeane Garofalo used another media appearance to smear anti-Obama protesters as racists, this time, Friday night on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, insisting “it's obvious to anybody …
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 …
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
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