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1:30 PM ET, September 22, 2010

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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 …
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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.
The Politico:
Barack Obama's Bob Woodward gamble  —  Early in President Barack Obama's term, he and his aides faced a rite of passage familiar to every White House for the past 40 years: What to do about Woodward?  —  In Obama's case, the answer came quickly: The White House doors swung wide for the world's most successful nonfiction writer.
Discussion: Don Surber and Wonkette
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Reacts to (NYT Report About) Woodward Book
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.
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 …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Paladino board botch
CNN:
Bloomberg to endorse Cuomo as poll suggests close race
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Reuters:
Woman CEO sought for Summers job  —  Larry Summers isn't leaving the White House until the end of the year but President Barack Obama's team already knows the ideal candidate to replace him on the National Economic Council - a woman CEO.  —  The pick doesn't have to fit that bill precisely …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Three Reasons You'll Miss Larry Summers
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Atlantic Online
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Replace Larry Summers With a CEO
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” …
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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
O'Donnell vows no more national media appearances  —  Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell said Tuesday night that she would not make any more national media appearances between now and Election Day.  —  In an interview on Fox News's “Hannity” show, O'Donnell, who canceled spots on CBS's …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and CNN
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell: Coons has made ‘some very anti-American statements’
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Lawsuits Accuse Megachurch Leader of Sexual Misconduct  —  ATLANTA — Two young men in Georgia said Tuesday that the pastor of a 33,000-person Baptist megachurch, Bishop Eddie L. Long, had repeatedly coerced them into having sex with him.  —  In two lawsuits filed in DeKalb County …
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Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Barack Obama seeks divine intervention on health care reform  —  With nothing else working, President Barack Obama is asking religious leaders to help him sell the public on health care reform.  —  POLITICO listened in to an Oval Office conference call Tuesday, where Obama …
Discussion: The American Pundit
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Here Thursday, Health Reform Confuses Many
Discussion: CNN, The Note, Washington Post and Reuters
WTOV-TV:
Ohio Democrat Chair Fires ‘F-Word’ At Tea Party  —  Chris Redfern Makes Emotional Speech Before Steel Workers  —  CLARINGTON, Ohio — In the midst of a heated general election cycle, Ohio's Democratic Party chairman is admitting he used some “colorful language” during a political event in Monroe County Monday night.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Dems plan last-ditch vote on Disclose Act  —  Democrats plan to rally their troops for the final stretch of the campaign season by bringing up a campaign-finance transparency bill.  —  A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on Tuesday announced plans for a last-ditch vote on the measure, dubbed the Disclose Act.
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Howard Kurtz:
Huffington snags N.Y. Times star  —  In the latest sign that Web sites can compete on an equal footing with media giants, a top reporter for the New York Times is defecting to the Huffington Post.  —  Peter Goodman, until recently the paper's national economic correspondent and now a writer …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE DRIVE TO BREAK FROM FORCED NEUTRALITY.... Peter Goodman …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Republicans send 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 …
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Bruce Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Warren and The Imperial Presidency
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 Mahablog and The Impolitic
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) …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Chris Christie ‘not ready’ for 2012 run  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who's captured the imagination of conservatives enthralled by his fiscal maneuvers to cut spending, said on Wednesday that any talk of him seeking the Republican presidential nomination is premature because he's “not ready.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
 
 
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Andrew Breitbart Caught in Gay Scandal!
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: Fears of GOP-led government shutdown ‘absurd’
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Wall Street Journal:
Rate Increases Denied to Some Private Medicare Plans
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