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10:55 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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Woodward's 'Obama's Wars' finds internal doubts, sniping - NYT scoops WP on first look - Appendix: POTUS' 6-page ‘terms sheet’ — Gen. Jones calls campaign alumni ‘Politburo,’ ‘Mafia’  —  OFFICIALS WHO SAT DOWN WITH BOB WOODWARD for “Obama's Wars,” according to top administration sources …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and CNN
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Reacts to (NYT Report About) Woodward Book
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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: CNN, 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
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.
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
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Summers Expected to Leave White House After Election
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Czar Summers to Depart
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Jim Webb Iffy On Tax Cuts, Worries $250k Cutoff Too Low  —  Sen. Jim Webb might be joining the ranks of several Senate Democrats who think the Bush-era tax cuts should be extended to help people who earn more than $250,000 per year.  —  A spokesman for Webb (D-VA) told TPM that the senator …
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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
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  —  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 …
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murkowski punished over defiance; Burr to get top energy slot  —  Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) is expected to take over as senior Republican on the Senate Energy panel after Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) lost the position Tuesday.  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was behind the switch.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Murkowski brushes off punishment by the Republican leadership
Discussion: CNN
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.”
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 …
CNN:
Megachurch pastor accused of sexual coercion  —  (CNN) — Two Georgia men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.  —  The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop …
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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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
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Garrett Gruener / Los Angeles Times:
I'm rich; tax me more  —  Congress should let the Bush tax cuts expire …
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