Need To Read: September 23, 2009

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Today’s must-reads are still glad we #hiredkatesheppard:

  • Obama Considering Strategy Shift in Afghanistan (NYT)
  • ACORN Worker in “Pimp” Video Told Police (AP)
  • Health Care Progress May Not Be Possible for Two Weeks (TPM)
  • PG&E Quits Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Change (MoJo)
  • Pentagon office overseeing contracts has 14 people working in it. That must make Blackwater very happy (MoJo)
  • Clinton on Gore: “I Thought He Was In Neverland” (MoJo)
  • Arpaio Targeting ACORN (MoJo)
  • Congress Defunding Blackwater? (MoJo)
  • Q&A With Historian Rick Perlstein on the ACORN Flap (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • Kennedy Seat To Be Filled By Appointment (MoJo)
  • What Obama Told the UN (MoJo)
  • “I’m pretty sure I have never—before today—yelled at NPR’s Robert Siegel in my car.” (Obsidian Wings)

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You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

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