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8:50 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 — Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was a leading figure in Al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate and was considered its most dangerous English-speaking propagandist and plotter, was killed in an American drone strike on his vehicle on Friday …
Robert Chesney / Lawfare:
Al-Awlaki as an Operational Leader Located In a Place Where Capture Was Not Possible
First Read /
Paul condemns ‘assassinating’ al-Awlaki
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Chris Christie Is Fat.  So What?  —  In 2004, my friend Paul Campos wrote a book called The Obesity Myth.  In it, he argued that claims about the health dangers of obesity by public authorities are overblown — that eating healthy food and exercise matter, but the impact that fat itself has on health is less than we think.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Chris Christie is not too fat to be president  —  There is a sudden rash of op-eds arguing that Chris Christie is too fat to be president.  Over at Bloomberg View, my colleague Michael Kinsley makes the case.  Here at The Washington Post, my colleague Eugene Robinson does the, ahem, heavy lifting.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Chris Christie's big problem
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.
Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:   Obama's former campaign funders on Wall Street turn against him
Harry Siegel / Runnin' Scared:
Mayor Bloomberg: “We'll See” If The City Will Let Occupy Wall Street Continue
Discussion: The Raw Story and Wonkette
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.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Huckabee, HuckPAC shoot down report that he is reconsidering a 2012 run
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Bernie Marcus on Obama White House: ‘Amateurs Surrounded by Amateurs’  —  ATLANTA - The Georgian who every Republican presidential candidate wants in his camp still hasn't decided who he's going to back.  But although Bernie Marcus believes in abortion and gun control, he knows who he won't support: Barack Obama.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republican, Democratic Party Images Equally Negative
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Politico
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.
Alex Lazo / Money & Company:
California breaks from 50-state probe into mortgage lenders [Updated]  —  California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will no longer take part in a national foreclosure probe of some of the nation's biggest banks, which are accused of pervasive misconduct in dealing with troubled homeowners.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Warren Buffett sparks storm 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:
Cornell Belcher: Cain's “Brainwashed” Remark Was “Racist, Bigoted”  —  Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher says there is a media “double-standard” over Herman Cain saying blacks have been “brainwashed.”  Belcher calls Mr. Cain a bigot and a racist and says this incident is a “teachable moment.”
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Jesse Jackson: ‘Plantation’ comments insult black voters
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Pajamas Media and US Politics
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Supreme Court term could influence 2012 election  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court opens a potentially epic term Monday that could roil debate in the 2012 presidential election campaign.  —  The justices have taken a raft of cases that would affect people in their daily lives …
Discussion: The BLT
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
The Top 10 Supreme Court Previews
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Bicycles Are Cheap  —  One of the stranger political phenomena of the past 10 years has been the extent to which the non-automobile transportation in many cities has been coded a “white” area of concern.  When someone writes a piece about the growing market for automobiles in China …
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 …
Gilkes to leave Walker's staff to head campaign for expected recall attempt  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - In the latest sign Gov. Scott Walker is preparing for a recall effort, his chief of staff is leaving the governor's office to work on his campaign.
Discussion: TPMDC
Dinesh Ramde / The Republic:
Wisconsin Gov. Walker's chief of staff resigns, hints at preparation to fight recall effort
Discussion: The Politico
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Michael Ricci / Speaker:
The Piketon Promise: Amid Solyndra, Will The Obama Administration Betray Southern Ohio?
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Akin: DOD allowing chaplains to officiate same-sex marriages is illegal
Discussion: The Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Obama's Repeal Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Demonstrates His ‘Extraordinary Anti-Military Prejudice’
Ronald McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Where Are the Bond Vigilantes?  —  During the Clinton administration …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Mitt Romney a Keynesian?
Ben Zimmer / The Atlantic Online:
The Rise of the Zuckerverb: The New Language of Facebook
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
New Post Office Ad Backfires in at Least One Case
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A quiet record of foreign policy successes
Discussion: Politics and The Crawdad Hole
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Gingrich: Same-sex marriage is a ‘temporary aberration’
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Michelle Obama shops incognito at Target (Photo)