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10:25 AM ET, September 22, 2010

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Woodward Book Says Afghanistan Divided White House  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the critical players in President Obama's national security team doubt his strategy in Afghanistan will succeed and have spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf, according to a new book.
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Steve Luxenberg / Washington Post:
Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war  —  President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes …
Associated Press:   Woodward Book Says Aides Doubt Obama's Afghan Strategy
Quinnipiac University:
Paladino Trails Cuomo By 6 Points In New York Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Small Tea Party Movement Backs Republican 4-1  —  Republican Carl Paladino, aided by a 4 -1 margin among Tea Partiers, trails New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for Governor …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Cuomo leads Paladino by six just points  —  Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo, who had led the GOP field by thirty points for most of the year, is now leading Republican rival Carl Paladino by just six points among likely voters, an astonishing new Quinnipiac University poll shows.
Discussion: FrumForum and Joe. My. God.
Quinnipiac University:
Toomey Up 7 Points In Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters, Especially Independents, Disapprove Of Obama  —  Republican Pat Toomey has hit the magic 50 percent mark as he leads Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak 50 - 43 percent in the race for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat …
JammieWearingFool:
Oof: Paladino Within Six Points of Cuomo
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Three Reasons You'll Miss Larry Summers  —  The post-election departure of Larry Summers is now official and plenty of progressives seem happy about it.  As the argument goes, Summers has opposed liberals on net neutrality and Wall Street reform, while muffling would-be advisers trying …
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Summers Expected to Leave White House After Election  —  White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president's National Economic Council director after November's congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Reuters:
Woman CEO sought for Summers job
Michael Scherer / Time:
Emanuel, Eyeing Chicago Run, Could Leave the White House in October
Discussion: NBC Chicago and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Czar Summers to Depart
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:   Top White House Economic Adviser to Depart
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
CONFIRMED: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Admits “All Faggots Must Die” Comment Came From His Atlanta Headquarters  —  I've just gotten off the phone with Atlanta Journal-Constitution political writer Jim Galloway who says that Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that the “All faggots must die” …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Page and Balloon Juice
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Joe / Joe. My. God.:
“All Faggots Must Die”  —  The above comment was left today by “Jimmy” on my post about the DADT cloture vote.  The IP address *appears* to resolve to the neighborhood of GOP U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' Atlanta office.  The ISP is “United States Senate.”  I'm confident that the JMG internet sleuths can get to the source.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell: Coons has made ‘some very anti-American statements’  —  Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell (R) took aim at New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) Tuesday night during an appearance on Fox News.  —  O'Donnell referenced an article Coons wrote in college in which he referred to himself as “a bearded Marxist.”
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
O'Donnell vows no more national media appearances
Discussion: CNN
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN to broadcast Delaware Senate debate Oct. 13
The Politico:
Harry Reid's botched battles  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hoped the defense policy bill would help make a final pre-election argument for Democrats while energizing the base on gay rights and immigration.  —  But what he got was a failed vote and a mix of frustration and disappointment from the people he was trying to help.
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Dems plan last-ditch vote on Disclose Act
Paul Krugman:
Who You Gonna Believe?  —  I went through my mail today, and got the usual batch of letters declaring that I'm wrong about everything, and that we should do the opposite of anything I say.  Hey, it's a free country.  —  But I found myself wondering, as I often do, about the determination …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE DRIVE TO BREAK FROM FORCED NEUTRALITY.... Peter Goodman, who's been a rising star at the New York Times, covering the economy and business news, agreed this week to leave the paper and sign on with the Huffington Post.  Goodman's move, a coup for the online outlet, is a reminder …
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Howard Kurtz:
Huffington snags N.Y. Times star
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama: “Mexicans” Were Here “Long Before America Was Even An Idea”  —  “Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples.  The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes.  We all shared the same land.”
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Bill Clinton: Russian immigrants and settlers obstacles to Mideast peace  —  Russian immigrants to Israel have emerged as a central obstacle to achieving a Middle East peace deal, according to former President Bill Clinton.  He voiced fears that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) …
Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jackson: I did nothing wrong but ‘deeply sorry’ over ‘social acquaintance’  —  Chicago congressman vows to remain in office in wake of Sun-Times report regarding fund-raiser  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he is “deeply sorry” for having “disappointed some supporters” …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Generic Ballots May Underestimate Democrats  —  In the last couple of posts on our House forecasts, I've noted that the generic congressional ballot tends to show worse results for Democrats than other indicators like polls of individual House races.  The generic ballot, as of last week …
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Arabs Harass Female ‘Peace’ Activists; Left Silences Victims  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Two activists have exposed a disturbing phenomenon that they say is an open secret within the “peace camp”: female “peace” activists are routinely harassed and raped by the Arabs of Judea …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
GOP sends a message on spending  —  Republicans will try to block money requested by the Obama administration to implement Democrats' signature Wall Street and healthcare reforms in a stopgap spending measure expected to clear Congress next week.  —  The GOP is seizing on the administration's …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Joe / Climate Progress:
Two more independent studies back the Hockey Stick: Recent global warming is unprecedented in magnitude and speed and cause  —  There are now more studies that show recent warming is unprecedented - in magnitude and speed and cause — than you can shake a stick at!
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Murkowski brushes off GOP punishment  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Wednesday brushed off Republican plans to strip her of a top committee spot and her leadership post, saying she was focused on winning reelection.  —  Murkowski said she was “putting everything on the line” …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and The Hill
 
 
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
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Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Patrick McGeehan / City Room:
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Anne Laurie / Balloon Juice:
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Al Franken Chokes Up Over Don't Ask, Don't Tell (VIDEO)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TPMMuckraker
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Wins On DADT
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP House candidate invokes idea of ‘victory mosque’ in campaign ad
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Pointing Fingers  —  Douthat argues that liberals add fuel to the culture wars:
Discussion: Balloon Juice