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10:30 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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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 …
BBC:
Heavy US losses in Afghan battle
Discussion: TalkLeft, Neptunus Lex and PoliBlog
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Zinni: Don't Delay Decision on Afghan War
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
Eight U.S. Soldiers Dead in Bold Attack in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
Patterico's Pontifications:
Associate Producer of Polanski Documentary Spams This Blog With Multiple Anonymous Comments Attacking Me?  —  That's certainly what the evidence suggests to me.  Looks like I touched a nerve, huh?  —  Tonight the following comment started to appear on every single post I have written about Roman Polanski.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
‘I take exception’ to McCain's remark, Jones says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A top military adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that politics does not play any role in the advice he gives to the president.  —  Last week, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, the former Republican presidential hopeful …
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Paul Harris / Guardian:
Will it be America's first failed state?  —  Los Angeles, 2009: California may be the eighth largest economy in the world, but its state staff are being paid in IOUs, unemployment is at its highest in 70 years, and teachers are on hunger strike.  So what has gone so catastrophically wrong?
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Nobody is applauding as Hollywood premieres Polanski defense  —  Roman Polanski anally raped a 13-year old girl.  After plying her with Quaaludes and champagne wasn't enough to make her succumb to his charms, he ignored her protests and did what he wanted.  —  This was not a consensual affair, or a misunderstood romance.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
New York Post:
The case against Charlie Rangel  —  Forty years of tax evasion, misdeeds and contempt  —  On April 9, 1965, a 34-year-old lawyer named Charles Rangel took out a low-interest mortgage to renovate his childhood home — a row house on West 132nd Street that he had just inherited from his grandfather.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
New York Times:
Wanted: Leadership on Jobs  —  By every meaningful measure, the weak job market deteriorated further in September.  Federal stimulus spending has prevented an even worse decline.  But that is cold comfort for the tens of millions of working men and women for whom conditions are bleak and getting bleaker …
Michael Moss / New York Times:
E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection  —  Stephanie Smith, a children's dance instructor, thought she had a stomach virus.  The aches and cramping were tolerable that first day, and she finished her classes.  —  Then her diarrhea turned bloody.  Her kidneys shut down.  Seizures knocked her unconscious.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Kristol Compares Obama's Olympics Pitch To ‘George W. Bush-Like’ Bullying  —  Conservatives have been bashing President Obama for the past week over his decision to personally go to Copenhagen to boost America's pitch for the 2016 Olympics.  When the International Olympics Committee eliminated Chicago …
msnbc.com:
‘Meet the Press’ transcript for October 4, 2009  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, the challenges weighing on the White House at home and abroad.  In Afghanistan, will the president commit to more troops for the war as his commander on the ground wants?  Iran, will talks push that country to give up its nuclear weapons program?
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Fear of Losing Private Health Insurance Trumps ‘Public Option’  —  Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters nationwide say guaranteeing that no one is forced to change their health insurance coverage is a higher priority than giving consumers the choice of a “public option” health insurance company.
 
 
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
The Cost of Saving These Whales
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Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Profiles R. Creigh Deeds
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Commentary
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems see rise in Jersey, fade in Va.
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