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5:30 PM ET, October 3, 2009

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Telegraph:
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.
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.
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Jane M. Von Bergen / Philly.com:
Jobless total tops 15 million
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONSERVATIVES' OLYMPIC GLEE CONTINUES.... It seems likely that conservative delight over the International Olympic Committee awarding the 2016 games to Rio will fade rather quickly.  There's just not much to keep their joy going — the United States sought the Olympics, made it to the final round, but came up short.
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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 …
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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Congress readies Iran sanctions if diplomacy fails
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
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Paul Krugman:
Obama's Anzio  —  I'm late on this, due to festschrifting.  But another bad employment report yesterday.  I'm feeling pretty bleak about this.  —  And the worst of it is that it was more or less predictable.  I went back to my first blog post — January 6, 2009 — worrying that the Obama economic plan was too cautious.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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,” …
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
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.
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
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 …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt On Newspapers & Journalism  —  Is Google a newspaper killer?  Not by a long shot, says Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  Nor does he want it to be.  In a long interview about his company's relationship with newspapers and the print journalism industry, Schmidt made it clear he wants established players to survive.
Discussion: JoeTrippi.com
The Huffington Post:
Internet Finally Discovers Glenn Beck Photoshoot Video, Freaks Out  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Your interwebs are blowing up today at a YouTube clip that documents a Glenn Beck photo shoot, where the Fox News host has a substance, presumably Vicks VapoRub, applied to his face …
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 …
 
 
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BBC:
Ireland backs EU's Lisbon Treaty
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus bill may be far from final word
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Honduras thaw paves way for talks
New York Times:
The High Price of Being a Gay Couple
Discussion: Althouse and The Daily Dish
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Gingrich hits Obama over Olympics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
UN rights body approves US-Egypt free speech text
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Polling Firm's Reprimand Rattles News Media