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In a new book recounting 79 taped interviews with President Clinton while he was in office, author Taylor Branch has bestowed us with some gems, such as this one about Boris Yeltsin's drinking:

Yeltsin was visiting Washington in 1995 when, late at night, Secret Service agents found the Russian president stripped to his underwear and trying to hail a cab on Pennsylvania Avenue. He wanted a pizza, he slurred.

USA Today reporter Susan Page unearthed the Yeltsin bit. The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President is based on the secret interviews between old friends Branch and Clinton -- the tapes of which Clinton kept hidden in his sock drawer.

McChrystal Asks For More Troops, Warns Against Failure In Afghanistan The Washington Post reports that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has urgently asked for more troops, warning against potential failure in the country. McChyrstal wrote in a confidential memo: "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart the White House at 9:25 a.m. ET, arriving at 10:55 a.m. ET in Albany, New York. At 11:30 a.m. ET, he and Dr. Jill Biden will tour Hudson Valley Community College, and he will deliver remarks on the economy at 11:50 a.m. ET. He will depart from Albany at 1:05 p.m. ET, and will tape an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman at 3:55 p.m. ET, at CBS Studios in New York.

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told the administration he needs more troops there, without which the war "will likely result in failure."

In a 66-page document sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates Aug. 30 and obtained by the Washington Post, McChrystal warned that if the insurgency isn't slowed in the next year, the U.S. "risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."

McChrystal has not yet sent his troop request to the Pentagon, but there have been reports that he'll ask for 30,000 to 40,000 more.

President Obama said last week that he won't make decisions about troop increases until he has "absolute clarity about what the strategy is gonna be."

In his report, McChrystal agrees:

"Inadequate resources will likely result in failure. However, without a new strategy, the mission should not be resourced."

President Barack Obama appeared on five separate Sunday morning news shows today -- essentially all of them except FOX News Sunday. Obama was dutifully on message, and stuck to many of the same talking points -- sometimes word for word -- in just about all of his appearances, whether discussing race, Afghanistan, investigations of the CIA or health care reform.

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This morning, interviews with President Barack Obama aired on every major Sunday news show except one: FOX News Sunday.

Host Chris Wallace was clearly not happy about that.

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A new Washington Post poll shows that Democrat Creigh Deeds has pulled to within four percentage points of Republican Bob McDonnell in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

That's a huge difference from mid-August, when the split among likely voters was 15 points instead of four. Now Deeds only trails 51-47 in this poll.

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Obama: Health Care Bills "About 80 Percent" Agreed On Appearing on Meet The Press, President Obama laid out his principle of health care reform: Of getting prices and premiums down, of being deficit-neutral, increasing competition, and guaranteeing coverage of pre-existing conditions. "And I actually think that we've agreed to about 80 percent of that if you look at all the bills that are coming through all these committees," said Obama. "The key is now just to narrow those differences. And if I don't feel like it is a good deal for the American people, then I won't sign a bill."

Obama: GOP "Not Going To Support Anything, For Political Reasons" Appearing on Univision's Al Punto, President Obama said that Republican opposition to his health care proposals is partly political. "Well, part of it is ... that the opposition has made a decision," said Obama. "They are just not going to support anything, for political reasons."

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On Meet the Press this morning, President Barack Obama hit many of the same notes he did on the other Sunday morning news shows, staying on message on health care reform and Afghanistan, and trying to downplay the role of race in the opposition to him and his policies.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele had just finished telling Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer this morning that opposition to President Obama and health care reform had nothing to do with race when he seemed to accuse the President of letting race play a factor in another decision.

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