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12:10 PM ET, September 30, 2011


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality  —  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.
Islamist cleric Anwar Awlaki ‘killed in Yemen’  —  The US-born radical Islamist cleric and suspected al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen, the country's defence ministry reported.  —  US administration officials confirmed the reports, according to US media.
CBS News:
Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen … This Oct. 2008 file photo provided by Muhammad ud-Deen, shows radical American-Yemeni Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.  (CBS)  —  (CBS News) Updated at 6:43 a.m. Eastern.  —  Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born radical Islamic preacher who rose …
First Read /
Paul condemns ‘assassinating’ al-Awlaki
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Peter King praises Obama for al-Awlaki killing
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Fox News:
U.S.-Born Terror Boss Anwar al-Awlaki Killed
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Fox News:
U.S.-Born Terror Boss Anwar al-Awlaki Killed in CIA-Led Drone Strike
Terry Francona / Associated Press:
US-born al-Awlaki was a gifted preacher, Internet maestro, and CIA's first American target
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Anwar al-Aulaqi, U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaeda, reported killed in Yemen
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie seriously considering run for president in 2012  —  BATON ROUGE — Gov. Chris Christie is seriously rethinking his months of denials and may launch a campaign for the White House after all, a source close to the governor said tonight.  —  In the last week, Christie …
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.
Discussion: National Review
First Read /
First Thoughts: Needing a boost  —  Perry in need in a strong 3rd quarter boost... Expect the Romney and Obama hauls to be smaller than last quarter... Another foreign-policy success, another yawn from the American public?... Chris Christie buzz continues... Calendar chaos …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: America's Gone ‘Soft’  —  In an interview this evening with a local NBC affiliate in Orlando, President Obama claimed that America has “gotten a little soft.”  —  “I mean, there are a lot of things we can do,” Obama said.  “The way I think about it is, you know, this is a great …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Wait, Is Malaise French for “Soft”?  —  Obama speaking in Orlando: … Interesting perspective.  I wonder where America could have lost its competitive edge.  It couldn't possibly have anything to do with a government that blows billions on green energy boondoggles while making it harder …
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama: U.S. Has Become a ‘Little Soft’
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Durbin says Democrats don't currently have the votes for Obama jobs bill  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, at the moment, Democrats in Congress don't have the votes to pass President Obama's jobs bill, but Durbin added that that situation would change.
WLS Radio's Bill Cameron Reports
Discussion: Daily Kos
Latest from Crain's New York Business:
Veteran agitators flock to Occupy Wall Street
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
NYC Transit Union Joins Occupy Wall Street
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Phony Fear Factor  —  The good news: After spending a year and a half talking about deficits, deficits, deficits when we should have been talking about jobs, job, jobs we're finally back to discussing the right issue.  —  The bad news: Republicans, aided and abetted by many conservative policy intellectuals …
US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions  —  WASHINGTON —  The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.  —  The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Advocate
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Michelle Obama shops incognito at Target (Photo)  —  AP photographer Charles Dharapak told CBS News he took pictures of the first lady at the Target on Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia.  —  The first lady's office confirmed that the pictures showed Mrs. Obama, though it did not immediately respond when asked if it tipped off Dharapak.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Chu takes responsibility for a loan deal that put more taxpayer money at risk in Solyndra  —  Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Thursday acknowledged making the final decision to allow a struggling solar company to continue receiving taxpayer money after it had technically defaulted on a $535 million federal loan guaranteed by his agency.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Outsize Severance Continues for Executives, Even After Failed Tenures  —  The golden goodbye has not gone away.  —  Just last week, Léo Apotheker was shown the door after a tumultuous 11-month run atop Hewlett-Packard.  His reward?  $13.2 million in cash and stock severance …
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.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
New York Times:
Banks to Make Customers Pay Fee for Using Debit Cards  —  Bank of America, the nation's biggest bank, said on Thursday that it planned to start charging customers a $5 monthly fee when they used their debit cards for purchases.  It was just one of several new charges expected to hit consumers as new regulations crimp banks' profits.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Limits of Empathy  —  We are surrounded by people trying …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and driftglass
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
More Pay for Play... Obama DOE Awarded $400 Million Loan Guarantee to Top Bundler's Solar Investment Project
Gingrich to GOP pres. candidates: Stop fighting and ‘get over it’
Discussion: Hot Air
Boston Globe:
At mosque, suspect's views led to ouster
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Bloomberg and ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Obama Sees a Path to '12 Victory Beyond the Rust Belt
Discussion: Politics and The Caucus
Morgan Stanley Seen as Risky as Italian Banks
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
With historic losses looming, Postal Service launches new ad campaign
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Chris Vanocur / KTVX-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: Matheson may run in different district
Discussion: Ballot Box
First Read /
Bachmann condemns Arab Spring, blames it on Obama
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP kingmakers in Iowa: Support for Rick Perry is weakening
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Turns out, the South is a pretty nice place to live
Discussion: Instapundit and National Review
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Hey kids, Glenn Beck has a new show
Tobacco Companies Knew of Radiation in Cigarettes, Covered It Up
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House GOP Unveils Plan To Cut NPR, Job Training And Education Programs