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4:15 PM ET, September 30, 2011


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality  —  (updated below)  —  It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki.
New York Times:
U.S.-Born Qaeda Leader Killed in Yemen  —  SANA, Yemen — A missile fired from an American drone aircraft in Yemen on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was a leading figure in Al Qaeda's affiliate there, according to an official in Washington.
First Read /
Paul condemns ‘assassinating’ al-Awlaki  —  MANCHESTER NH — Ron Paul aggressively criticized President Obama today for al-Awlaki's death.  —  “No I don't think that's a good way to deal with our problems,” Paul said in a media avail after his remarks at the Politics + Eggs event here.
Islamist cleric Anwar Awlaki ‘killed in Yemen’
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
American Citizen Anwar al-Awlaki Assassinated in Yemen
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Condemns Killing of al Qaeda's Awlaki
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A quiet record of foreign policy successes
Discussion: Politics and The Crawdad Hole
Jake Tapper / Politics:
Officials Thought They Might Kill Awlaki on 9/11 Anniversary
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Dempsey replaces Mullen as CJCS ... Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen ... U.S. looks to Uzbekistan …
Michael Kinsley / Bloomberg:
Requiem for a Governor Before He's in the Ring  —  Look, I'm sorry, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cannot be president: He is just too fat.  Maybe, if he runs for president and we get to know him, we will overlook this awkward issue because we are so impressed with the way he stands up to teachers' unions.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Chris Christie's big problem  —  Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight.  Like everyone else, elected officials perform best when they are in optimal health.  Christie obviously is not.
New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie seriously considering run for president in 2012
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Chris Christie Is Fat. So What?
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
Huckabee looks again at Republican presidential bid  —  (Reuters) - Mike Huckabee has been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls and he is considering entering the fray, two sources who have spoken with Huckabee told Reuters.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Warren Buffett sparks firestorm over millionaires' tax-rate hike  —  Investment guru Warren Buffett set off a political firestorm Friday with a series of interviews in which he appeared to distance himself from the tax policy proposal President Obama introduced under the billionaire's name.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Warren Buffett Does Not Endorse WH's “Buffett Rule”
Discussion: The American Mind
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Did Congress Kill the Debit Card?  —  Some Americans are outraged that Bank of America intends to charge its customers a $5 fee for using their debit card.  And simply switching banks might not help: others are expected to follow.  While frustration over yet another bank fee is understandable, this one should surprise no one.
Wall Street Journal:
A Thin Line on Skirts  —  Note to women in the South Park Slope and surrounding Brooklyn: You might want to think twice before wearing shorts or skirts when you walk home alone at night.  —  That's the message some women say police officers are spreading as they step up patrols in the area …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
90 percent of Americans say economy stinks  —  New York (CNNMoney) - Three years after a financial crisis pushed the country deep into recession, an overwhelming number of Americans - 90% - say that economic conditions remain poor.  —  The number, reported Friday in a new CNN/ORC International Poll …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Radiohead Is Playing for Wall Street Protesters Today  —  The Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park are buzzing over a big secret musical guest scheduled to play this afternoon at around 4pm.  We hear that it's Radiohead, who are in New York for a couple concerts.
Harry Siegel / Runnin' Scared:
Mayor Bloomberg: “We'll See” If The City Will Let Occupy Wall Street Continue
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Connecticut a Toss Up?  —  Connecticut isn't a place that would go on anybody's list of swing states but Barack Obama is in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney there, leading only 47-45.  —  Obama's poor showing in Connecticut is mostly a function of his own unpopularity.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Limits of Empathy  —  We are surrounded by people trying to make the world a better place.  Peace activists bring enemies together so they can get to know one another and feel each other's pain.  School leaders try to attract a diverse set of students so each can understand what it's like to walk in the others' shoes.
U.S. Economy Tipping into Recession  —  Early last week, ECRI notified clients that the U.S. economy is indeed tipping into a new recession.  And there's nothing that policy makers can do to head it off.  —  ECRI's recession call isn't based on just one or two leading indexes …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
NEIN, NEIN, NEIN, and the death of EU Fiscal Union  —  Judging by the commentary, there has been a colossal misunderstanding around the world of what has just has happened in Germany.  The significance of yesterday's vote by the Bundestag to make the EU's €440bn rescue fund (EFSF) more flexible is not that the outcome was a “Yes”.
Discussion: MarketBeat and
Nycga / NYC General Assembly:
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City  —  As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together.  We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Time to think the unthinkable and start printing again  —  It is the policy that dare not speak its name: the printing press.  The time has come to employ this nuclear option on a grand scale.  The alternative is likely to be a lost decade.  The waste is more than unnecessary; it is cruel.
Tempie / Ranting Professor:
What you don't know about oxygen in water might harm you  —  Folks may possibly not consider how critical their feet are.  Employing them continuously day in and day out and frequently take for granted.  You might believe they are what transports me about, but believe about that declaration.
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Bicycles Are Cheap  —  One of the stranger political phenomena …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Cornell Belcher: Cain's “Brainwashed” Remark Was “Racist, Bigoted”
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Weasel Zippers
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Florida bucks GOP primary schedule, moves its vote to Jan. 31
Discussion: GOP 12 and Indecision Forever
Ronald McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Where Are the Bond Vigilantes?  —  During the Clinton administration …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Mitt Romney a Keynesian?
Dinesh Ramde / The Republic:
Wisconsin Gov. Walker's chief of staff resigns, hints at preparation to fight recall effort
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Zimmer / The Atlantic Online:
The Rise of the Zuckerverb: The New Language of Facebook
Discussion: CBS New York
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
New Post Office Ad Backfires in at Least One Case
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Gingrich: Same-sex marriage is a ‘temporary aberration’
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Phony Fear Factor
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Michelle Obama shops incognito at Target (Photo)
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Outsize Severance Continues for Executives, Even After Failed Tenures