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4:20 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.
Michael Scherer / Time:
Emanuel, Eyeing Chicago Run, Could Leave the White House in October  —  White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel Olivier Douliery / Getty Images  —  White House aides are preparing for the possibility that Rahm Emanuel may step down as chief of staff as soon as early October if he decides …
The Politico:
W.H. embraces Woodward book  —  Administration officials think Bob Woodward's portrait of a decisive Barack Obama at the helm of the Afghanistan war, willing to buck his brass and Democratic doves, is a public relations winner - and enough to overshadow revelations of nasty West Wing-Pentagon infighting.
The Politico:
Barack Obama's Bob Woodward gamble
Mike Emanuel / FoxNews.com:
Rahm Emanuel Could Leave White House as Soon as October
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.
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
The awesome stupidity of replacing Larry Summers with a CEO  —  If Obama's advisors think the president has an “anti-business” problem, they should be fired  —  If the Obama administration appoints a corporate executive to replace Larry Summers as National Economic Council director …
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Reuters:
Woman CEO sought for Summers job
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Larry and Harvard  —  A reader asks the following about Larry Summers:
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Ben Smith's Blog
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Three Reasons You'll Miss Larry Summers
Charles Winecoff / Big Government:
Andrew Breitbart Caught in Gay Scandal!  —  On September 19th, Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck headlined the Right Nation 2010 event in Hoffman Estates, IL.  Outside, protesters from Organizing for America, Obama's sheep-herding initiative, gathered to scream at attendees - and spit on Breitbart.
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Newsweek:
Andrew Breitbart ‘Pissed’ at Glenn Beck?  —  Kausfiles Buries the Lede: Andrew Breitbart, a friend of mine,* gave a talk last night to a Republican club in Malibu.  His brand-new right-wing media empire is coming off a string of minor victories—exposing the sordid reality of a politician …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE ADS OF THE CYCLE.... In a year filled with odd statewide candidates, I still have a hard time figuring out what California's Carly Fiorina is thinking.  —  The Republican Senate nominee is best known for her tenure as HP's chief executive, during which the company lost …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Fred Davis, GOP's ad wizard spins tempting tales and viral videos for candidates
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Ballot Box
CNN:
Murkowski not stripped of committee leadership position  —  Senate Republicans have decided not to strip Sen. Lisa Murkowski of her leadership position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  —  Washington (CNN) - In a surprise move, Senate Republicans decided not to remove …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
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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.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle: I made $236,000 off Rush Limbaugh, and Hannity was profitable, too  —  Remember those comments Sharron Angle made about how FOX interviews were different because she could use the network to raise money.  She wasn't kidding.  —  Here's some audio of Angle at a house party this month, bragging about how profitable FOX can be:
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
Stuxnet malware is ‘weapon’ out to destroy ... Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant?  —  Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target - a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant.
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 …
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Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Did Somebody Say “Fringe”?  —  Not so long ago, Rand Paul—son of Ron, “modern-day revolutionary,” and practicing ophthalmologist—would have been written off as a harmless political extremist.  For believing that the Federal Reserve should be gutted.  Or that the Civil Rights Act was unconstitutional.
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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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
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 …
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.”
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) …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Washington struggling to rein in increasing homegrown terrorism  —  Washington is struggling to stymie the growing trend of terrorists radicalized on American soil, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, testifying before the Senate Homeland Security …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Note
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
 
 
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Prop 19, Initiative to Legalize Marijuana in California …
Mark Levin / Facebook:
Those who oppose Tea Party Movement would have opposed Reagan Revolution.
Matthew Duss / Boston Globe:
Peretz, Thomas, and the Middle East double standard
Discussion: Think Progress
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Barack Obama seeks divine intervention on health care reform
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and The American Pundit
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Medicare Czar Flees ‘Rationing’ Query
Discussion: Hot Air, FishbowlDC and Michelle Malkin
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Paladino board botch
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: Fears of GOP-led government shutdown ‘absurd’
Discussion: FrumForum
Randy E. Barnett / SSRN:
Commandeering the People: Why the Individual Health Insurance Mandate …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
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Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Arabs Harass Female ‘Peace’ Activists; Left Silences Victims