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3:10 PM ET, September 30, 2011


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality  —  (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’  —  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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
American Citizen Anwar al-Awlaki Assassinated in Yemen  —  The fact is that the entire US program of extra-judicial assassinations by drone requires a bit more study and debate, but this is especially true when the targets are US citizens.  In that case, the Constitution comes into play, and the right of due process of the law.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Peter King praises Obama for al-Awlaki killing  —  Rep. Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, had rare praise for President Obama following the “extraordinary victory” of the death of suspected terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Dempsey replaces Mullen as CJCS ... Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen ... U.S. looks to Uzbekistan …
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Condemns Killing of al Qaeda's Awlaki
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
Jake Tapper / Politics:
Officials Thought They Might Kill Awlaki on 9/11 Anniversary
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A quiet record of foreign policy successes
Discussion: Politics
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.
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Buffett: My plan was not the ‘Buffett rule’  —  Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, who has become the face of President Obama's $447 billion jobs-creation legislation, said Friday that he might not agree with everything in the bill.  —  Obama has called for higher tax rates …
Discussion: Reuters, Politics, Daily Kos and TPMDC
RealClearPolitics Video Log:   Warren Buffett Does Not Endorse WH's “Buffett Rule”
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.
Discussion: RedState and American Spectator
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: and MarketBeat
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
New Post Office Ad Backfires in at Least One Case  —  Apparently, the Post Office has come up with a solution to its intractable budget woes: advertising! … Who knows, maybe this will work in rural areas where the mail carriers are beloved and reliable.  In DC, however, all it does …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
With historic losses looming, Postal Service launches new ad campaign
Discussion: Hit & Run and New York Magazine
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
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO's Trumka changes tone, says President Obama ‘starting to lead’  —  Union leader Richard Trumka praised President Obama on Friday for focusing on jobs rather than the national deficit.  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka praised President Obama on Friday for focusing on jobs rather than the national deficit.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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