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A number of U.S. Senators made the Sunday morning news show rounds today, weighing in on Iran's nuclear program and U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, among other things.

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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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