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Obama: World Leaders Don't Understand The American Right's Hitler References President Obama spoke last night to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual dinner, and he discussed an amusing moment with an unnamed world leader at the G-20: "One of the leaders -- I won't mention who it was -- he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind. He says, 'Barack, explain to me this health care debate.' He says, 'We don't understand it. You're trying to make sure everybody has health care and they're putting a Hitler mustache on you -- I don't -- that doesn't make sense to me. Explain that to me.'"

Bill Clinton: Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Not As Strong, "But It's As Virulent As It Was" In the 1990's Appearing on Meet The Press, former President Bill Clinton said that the "vast right-wing conspiracy" of the 1990's is still there: "It's not as strong as it was, because America's changed demographically, but it's as virulent as it was. I mean, they're saying things about him--you know, it's like when they accused me of murder and all that stuff they did. He--but it's not really good for the Republicans and the country, what's going on now. I mean, they may be hurting President Obama. They can take his numbers down, they can run his opposition up. But fundamentally, he and his team have a positive agenda for America. Their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail, and that's not a prescription for a good America."

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On Face the Nation this morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had sharp words for Iran in advance of multilateral meetings scheduled for Oct. 1.

"We are going to put them to the test on Oct. 1," she said, adding that the burden is on Iran to show, not tell, the necessary details to support its claims that its nuclear program is peaceful.

"Prove it," she said. "Don't assert it. Prove it."

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Gov. David Paterson (D-NY), appearing on Meet the Press this morning, insisted in unequivocal language that he's still running for governor next year, despite lousy poll numbers and White House urging that he step aside.

"I am running for governor in 2010," Paterson said.

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On Meet the Press this morning, David Gregory asked former President Bill Clinton if he thinks there's a vast right-wing conspiracy against President Obama -- much like the one Hillary Clinton famously claimed her husband faced in the 1990s.

"Oh, you bet," the former President said. "Sure it is."

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Obama: "The International Community Is More United Than Ever Before" On Iran In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama spoke of international cooperation at the G-20 Summit -- including on the crucial issue of dealing with Iran's nuclear program:

"On this, the international community is more united than ever before," said Obama, later adding: "Iran's leaders must now choose - they can live up to their responsibilities and achieve integration with the community of nations. Or they will face increased pressure and isolation, and deny opportunity to their own people."

Isakson Blasts Dems For "Demonizing Regular Citizens" On Health Care In this weekend's Republican video, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) criticized the Democrats on health care, accusing Democrats of a "heavy-handed approach" that has involved "demonizing regular citizens":

"Americans are rightly concerned about the rush to pass a massive overhaul that will raise their taxes, lower their quality of care and put government between them and their doctor," said Isakson. "They also are concerned about the heavy-handed approach the Democrats have taken, such as demonizing regular citizens for asking questions about their plans and imposing a gag order on insurers for suggesting anyone might lose benefits under the Democrats' plan."

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Pittsburgh for the G20 Summit, held on Sept. 24 and 25, 2009.


The first night of the G-20, the President and First Lady hold a reception for visiting heads of state at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh.


The Obamas share a moment in the midst of the meet-and-greet.


South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli chat with the Obamas during the opening dinner of the G20 on Sept. 24. The Obamas had their picture taken with all the heads of state who attended.


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi greets First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy continue the cavalcade of heads of state featured in Pittsburgh.



Anarchist demonstrators gathered on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh to protest the G20.


An officer emerges from a cloud of tear gas towards protesters, several of whom were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. Thousands of police officers from across the country were brought in for security ahead of the summit.

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At a press conference, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says "We have a special responsibility here in the United States to make sure we are doing the things in this country to preserve confidence in the U.S. financial system -- confidence that's very important to sustain the dollar's role as the principle reserve currency in the international financial system."


Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive at the welcoming dinner for G-20 leaders at the Phipps Conservatory.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Obama exchange greetings at the start of a meeting.

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Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao gather around the meeting table for the first plenary session of the summit.

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First Lady Michelle Obama co-hosts a dinner party at the home of Teresa Heinz Kerry for the spouses of the G20 leaders.

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Obama talks with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during a working dinner.

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Obama, flanked by Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, addresses the G20 on Iranian nuclear ambitions and reveal that intelligence has uncovered a secret underground enrichment program in Qom.

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The spouses of the visiting G-20 leaders pose for a family photo. (Shown Top row L-R), Filippa Reinfeldt, wife of Swedish Prime Minster Fredrik Reinfeldt, Laureen Harper of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ban Soon Taek, and unknown. (Shown bottom row L-R) Margarita Zavala, Brazil's first lady Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva, First Lady Michelle Obama, Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, wife of Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy, and wife of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Svetlana Medvedev.

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The leaders of the G20 Summit -- from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the U.S. -- pose for a family photo after the first plenary session of the summit.

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G-20 leaders are working on an accord to prevent a repeat of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression.

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