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12:05 PM ET, October 4, 2009

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Peter W. Galbraith / Washington Post:
What I Saw at the Afghan Election  —  Before firing me last week from my post as his deputy special representative in Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon conveyed one last instruction: Do not talk to the press.  In effect, I was being told to remain a team player after being thrown off the team.
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New York Times:
10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan  —  Reform or Go Home  —  COUNTERINSURGENCY is only as good as the government it supports.  NATO could do everything right — it isn't — but will still fail unless Afghans trust their government.  Without essential reform, merely making the government …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and SWJ Blog
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Eight U.S. Troops Die in Attack on Afghan Outpost  —  Firing rockets and rifles, Taliban militiamen attacked American and Afghan military outposts in a daylong siege on Saturday that killed eight U.S. soldiers and two Afghan security forces in one of the deadliest battles in months, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.
Sean Rayment / Telegraph:
Army chief warns of ‘terrifying prospect’ of failure in Afghanistan  —  The head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, has issued a wake-up call to the public by warning of the “terrifying prospect” of a defeat in Afghanistan.  —  In an unprecedented intervention …
Discussion: Commentary and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Eight U.S. Soldiers Dead in Bold Attack in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - Groups of tribal militia attacked two American outposts in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the American military said, killing eight American soldiers and two Afghan police officers in a bold attack that was the deadliest for American soldiers in months.
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Report Says Iran Has Data to Make a Nuclear Bomb  —  Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb.  —  The report by experts …
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Uzi Mahanimi / Times of London:
Israel names Russians helping Iran build nuclear bomb
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Rabbit Ragu Democrats  —  IN the annals of American excess, there often arrives a moment when those with too much money, too much clout and too much hubris just can't stop themselves from tempting the fates.  They throw an over-the-top party in public, or parade their wealth and power before the press …
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Socialism and Christian-Bashing Crash at Box Office  —  Tough times for leftie Hollywood.  Nothing's gone right this week.  None of this is their fault, of course.  In order to understand that it might not be a good idea to rally around a child rapist, bash religion in a religious country …
Chicago Tribune:
Health care reform: Privately, Barack Obama strongly backs public option  —  White House discreetly labors to weave coalition on health care  —  WASHINGTON - — Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched …
Dennis Hartley / Hullabaloo:
Saturday Night At The Movies  —  Let fiefdom ring  —  By Dennis Hartley … -Billy Bragg  —  So it's not just me.  A few months ago, in my review of Public Enemies, I wrote: … For the opening credits of his latest sock-it-to-mentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore runs …
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
A Smarter (and Cost-Efficient) Way to Fight Crime  —  LAW enforcement policy in the United States rests implicitly on the “rational actor” model of traditional economics, which holds that people take only those actions whose benefits exceed their costs.  —  This model says that crime …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems see rise in Jersey, fade in Va.  —  With a month to go until Election Day, national Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their chances to win the New Jersey governor's race while cautious, or downright skeptical, about their prospects in the Virginia gubernatorial contest.
Just A Grunt / JammieWearingFool:
Why Garofalo's Comments Are Dangerous  —  So Jeanne Garofalo once again went on the show “Real Time” with Bill Maher on HBO and continued her insane assertions that the people who have filled the street at venues all across this country this summer at events known as Tea Parties are nothing more then klan members without the hoods.
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Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Détente and the Bunker  —  How to oppose a president's disastrous foreign policy.
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Michael T. Kaufman / New York Times:
Marek Edelman, Commander in Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Dies at 90
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMCafe
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Ireland Votes for A Stronger E.U.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
After More Job Losses, Democrats Move to Extend Benefits
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Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
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