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12:20 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.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Reacts to (NYT Report About) Woodward Book
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Woodward's 'Obama's Wars' finds internal doubts, sniping …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and CNN
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.
JammieWearingFool:
Oof: Paladino Within Six Points of Cuomo
Discussion: The Daily Politics
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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Replace Larry Summers With a CEO
Discussion: Ezra Klein
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Carter-Obama Comparisons Grow
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Eunomia and Don Surber
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Czar Summers to Depart
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Summers Expected to Leave White House After Election
Reuters:
White House adviser Summers stepping down
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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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Dems plan last-ditch vote on Disclose Act
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
O'Donnell vows no more national media appearances
Discussion: CNN
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.
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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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
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
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.”
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.
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
Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Big health insurers to stop selling new child-only policies  —  Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna Inc. and others say they will make the move as soon as Thursday when parts of the new healthcare law take effect.  They cite potentially huge and unexpected costs for insuring children.
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) …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Method To Their Madness —  how the freakshow wears us down  —  The Method To Their Madness  —  We've been going back and forth the last few days about whether the president and the Democrats are wise to use the “hector the base” strategy to close the enthusiasm gap.  I wrote this:
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Reaction and Eschaton
 
 
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Commandeering the People: Why the Individual Health Insurance Mandate …
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Wall Street Journal:
Rate Increases Denied to Some Private Medicare Plans
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Joe / Climate Progress:
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