Need To Read: September 18, 2009

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Today’s must-reads:

  • Obama scraps Bush’s approach to missile defense (NYT)
  • Spencer Ackerman: “The Balance Sheet on the Scrapped Missile Shield” (The Washington Independent)
  • China recovery picking up steam, US still lags (NYT)
  • The White House’s weak response to the climate bill delay (MoJo
  • Paul Krugman’s latest on the Baucus bill (NYT)
  • Mike Tomasky: Jimmy Carter’s no-win talk of racism (The Guardian
  • “The Lessons of Lindsay.” (Sports Shooter
  • Obama names ex-lobbyist for Enron-like co. to top regulator post. We expose & explain: (MoJo)
  • Sonia Sotomayor goes after corporate personhood (WSJ)
  • Inmate to testify about the failure of his execution (NYT)
  • How Tim Noah’s factual error found its way into Obama’s health care speech. (Slate)

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