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2:34 AM ET, October 5, 2009


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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan  —  The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal's comments on strategy for the war.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Clear Voice of Bush's Pentagon Becomes Harder to Hear  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the face of the Iraq troop surge and a favorite of former President George W. Bush, spoke up or was called upon by President Obama “several times” during the big Afghanistan strategy session …
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
National Security Adviser: Obama won't lift gay ban until Iraq and Afghan wars finished - and even then, if there are more wars...  Apparently, General Jones would have us believe that President Obama wasn't aware that we were fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he promised to lift …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
‘I take exception’ to McCain's remark, Jones says
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama decision on Afghanistan strategy due in ‘a matter of weeks,’ says Jones
Discussion: The Hill, BLACKFIVE and Weekly Standard
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.
Eight US soldiers killed in Taliban raid
Discussion: TalkLeft, Neptunus Lex and PoliBlog
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Zinni: Don't Delay Decision on Afghan War
Discussion: Commentary
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Would Jesus Like Today's GOP?  —  William K. Wolfrum wrote a piece last year that was picked up just now by TPM, called “Jesus Christ Quite Christianity After Viewing Republican Platform.”  When I Tweeted this earlier, I received nasty comments from some conservatives.
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.
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
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?
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 …
Xinhua News Agency:
ElBaradei says nuclear Israel number one threat to Mideast: report  —  Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday that “Israel is number one threat to Middle East” with its nuclear arms, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
Gateway Pundit:
ACORN Hired People “Still In Prison” Convicted of Identity Theft For Canvassing Voters (Video)  —  Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, a democrat, told Eric Shawn on FOX News that ACORN was hiring convicts still in prison -CONVICTED OF IDENTITY THEFT- for canvassing voters.
‘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?
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
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Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hullabaloo
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Profiles R. Creigh Deeds
Discussion: Commentary
Rasmussen Reports:
Fear of Losing Private Health Insurance Trumps ‘Public Option’
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