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2:15 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:
Barack Obama's Bob Woodward gamble
Discussion: Don Surber and Wonkette
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 …
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’
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”
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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Verum Serum
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Newsweek:
Andrew Breitbart ‘Pissed’ at Glenn Beck?
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Democrats lag badly in outside spending  —  Twice in the past week, House Democrats used closed-door meetings with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver an urgent message: They're being crushed on the airwaves by outside groups, and they need her to do something about it.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama says he's ‘fortunate’ to have Pelosi in latest fundraising push
Discussion: DCCC and Weasel Zippers
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
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
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 and Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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:
Discussion: Think Progress, Mediaite and msnbc.com
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.”
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.”
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) …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
JOHN MCCAIN, MEET MAJ. MICHAEL ALMY.... My problem with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not limited to the fact that he's wrong.  The more glaring issue is his habit of saying things that are blatantly untrue while pretending to know what he's talking about.  —  Going into the debate …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Ed Henry / CNN:
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Matthew Duss / Boston Globe:
Peretz, Thomas, and the Middle East double standard
Discussion: Think Progress
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Did Somebody Say “Fringe”?  —  Not so long ago, Rand Paul …
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
Stuxnet malware is ‘weapon’ out to destroy ... Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Medicare Czar Flees ‘Rationing’ Query
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Paladino board botch
Randy E. Barnett / SSRN:
Commandeering the People: Why the Individual Health Insurance Mandate …
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