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10:10 AM ET, October 6, 2009

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Robert Fisk / The Independent:
The demise of the dollar  —  In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading  —  In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning …
Mark Moyar / Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan and Leadership  —  Gen. McChrystal needs more troops now precisely so Afghans can take over the war effort later.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  'We're at a point in Afghanistan right now in our overall campaign," the U.S. general says, “where increasingly security can best …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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CNN:
Gates: U.S. ‘not leaving Afghanistan’
Discussion: San Francisco Chronicle and TPMDC
ZEENEWS.COM:
Af-Pak border is ‘modern epicentre’ of jihad: Gates
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:   Afghan War Units Begin 2 New Efforts
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Gates Urges Confidentiality in Advising Obama on Afghan War
Publius / Big Government:
Breaking: Louisiana Attorney General: Rathke Embezzled $5 Million From ACORN  —  From NOLA.COM: … Whole blockbuster story here.  —  Update: According to the new subpoena issued by the Louisiana Attorney General, it seems ACORN leadership was aware of the full extent of the embezzlement.
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Robert Travis Scott / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
ACORN embezzlement was $5 million, La. attorney general says  —  An internal review by the board of directors of the community organization ACORN determined that the amount allegedly embezzled from the community organization was $5 million, well more than the previously reported amount of nearly $1 million …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Some Criticize SEIU for Its ACORN Connections
Discussion: Commentary and msnbc.com
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
White House's botched ‘op’  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama yesterday rolled out the red carpet — and handed out doctors' white coats as well, just so nobody missed his hard-sell health-care message.  —  In a heavy-handed attempt at reviving support for health-care reform …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Landscape Sparks Republicans Recruiting  —  The decline in President Obama's poll numbers — and those of his party — over the first eight months of his administration has led to a bumper crop of Republican recruits in the House as GOP candidates who sat on the sidelines …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and WMUR
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Patrick Tuohey / Big Government:
AMA Endorses Largest Denier of Health Care Claims  —  What appears to be the official blog of President Obama's administration is all aflutter because the President will welcome, “doctors from across the United States to the White House to share their unique perspective on the struggles …
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
FTC meddles in blogger content, free speech  —  More big government.  The FTC says basically anyone receiving anything (due to broad, poorly-written regulations) must pay an $11,000 fine. … Because Uncle Sam think the public is too stupid to make decisions alone or to recognize endorsements verses common reviews.
Discussion: QandO
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Obamas' Ego Trip to Copenhagen  —  In the Niagara of words spoken and written about the Obamas' trip to Copenhagen, too few have been devoted to the words they spoke there.  Their separate speeches to the International Olympic Committee were so dreadful, and in such a characteristic way …
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GEORGE WILL FOLLOWS THE RIGHT'S CHOSEN MEME.... Periodically, conservatives latch onto a new line of attack against President Obama.  Apparently, the new one is “narcissism.”  Marty Peretz talked it up yesterday in a bizarre piece, and George Will endorsed the argument in his column today.
Discussion: Swampland, AmSpecBlog and Althouse
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
ARE YOU “THE UNKNOWN LIBERAL”?  Pick me, pick me!  —  Jerry Falwell's offspring of Liberty University, the Liberty Counsel has a wonderful new idea! … How does it work, you ask? … I nominate myself as “The “Unknown Liberal.  No, really, that's a choice.  You can't make this crap up.
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
BET co-founder apologizes after mocking Deeds' stammer  —  In another candid-camera moment for Virginia politics, one of Republican Bob McDonnell's most prominent backers for governor has been caught on video mocking Democrat R. Creigh Deeds' stammer.  —  Sheila C. Johnson of Middleburg …
Discussion: msnbc.com and USA Today
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Peter Hamby / CNN:   Top McDonnell backer mocks Deeds' speaking problems
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
As Job Loss Rises, Obama Aides Act to Fix Safety Net  —  WASHINGTON — With unemployment expected to rise well into next year even as the economy slowly recovers, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress are discussing extending several safety net programs as well as proposing …
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
Burden of Proof on Obama's Origins  —  A dentist and lawyer, Orly Taitz has plenty to keep her busy.  But a side passion is what consumes her these days: challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be president.  —  RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.  —  The dental office of Orly Taitz, DDS …
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
No Exit  —  The never-ending lunacy of Betsy McCaughey.  —  On an ordinary day, Henry Aaron, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, comes across as the quintessential policy wonk: knowledgeable, thoughtful, measured, perhaps even a tad boring.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Team Says Zazi Case Illustrates Balanced Approach to Terror Threat  —  President Obama will make his first visit to the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean on Tuesday morning, telling intelligence officials that their recent successes have proved how effectively multiple agencies can perform when they work in concert.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Sotomayor Takes Active Role on Court's First Day  —  The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with an inquisitive new justice and a case from Maryland about how long police must honor a suspect's request for an attorney.  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor displayed no reticence …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama cancels meeting with Dalai Lama ‘to keep China happy’  —  President Barack Obama has refused to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington this week in a move to curry favour with the Chinese.  —  The decision came after China stepped up a campaign urging nations to shun the Tibetan spiritual leader.
Bob Driehaus / New York Times:
In Aftermath of Failed Execution, Ohio Governor Orders Postponement of 2 Others  —  CINCINNATI — In continuing fallout from a failed execution last month, Gov. Ted Strickland on Monday postponed two other executions to give corrections officials more time to revise lethal injection procedures.
Discussion: The BLT and TalkLeft
 
 
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Karen Russo / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Wounded U.S. Soldiers Refused to Leave Taliban Fight
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama, Biden to meet with lawmakers on Afghanistan
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