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11:15 PM ET, September 15, 2009

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James O'Keefe / Big Government:
ACORN Prostitution Scandal: California Here We Come!  —  **This is a Part I of the ACORN San Bernardino exposé.  Updates to follow...  [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]
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Andrew Edwards / sbsun.com:
ACORN organizer rips video  —  SAN BERNARDINO - The head organizer for California ACORN says a new video that appears to show a staffer at the organization's San Bernardino office is fake journalism.  —  The video, which was posted shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday on a Web site called Big Government.com …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Andrea Shea King / The Radio Patriot:
“THE WHOLE THING IS COMING UNDONE.  BRACE YOURSELVES”  —  Glenn Beck just wrapped up what had to be the most compelling radio I've heard... and lately, most of his shows have been pretty compelling.  —  Whew, where to start?  Well, how about this: you should make it a point to do two things today …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
ACORN Organizer: “I killed him . . . I shot him.”  —  The fourth installment of James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles's undercover report on ACORN is supposed to drop within the hour at BigGovernment.com and will be aired on Glenn Beck at 5:00 p.m. This time the duo took their sting operation to California …
Glenn Beck:
Glenn Worst Acorn video yet
Discussion: RBO
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
Ma'am Talks Regularly with Woman Who Killed her Husband?!?!
Hannah Giles / Big Government:   The Science Behind the ACORN Sting
TMZ.com:
Obama Calls Kanye a ‘Jackass’ — The Audio  —  TMZ has obtained the audiotape of President Barack Obama calling Kanye West a “jackass” for hijacking Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during the VMAs.  —  The audio was recorded just before Obama went on camera to do an interview with CNBC.
Leah Thorsen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tape shows beating on bus of Belleville West student  —  This video frame grab shows one student attacking another while on a bus ride to school at Belleville West High School on Monday.  Editor's note: The underage victim's face has been blurred to protect his identity.
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Michelle Malkin:
A teachable moment: Racial thuggery in St. Louis; Updated  —  This is absolutely horrifying for any parent to watch.  STLToday.com reports that police say the black-on-white student beating was completely unprovoked and racially motivated.  Watch as many students cheer the attack — and the bus driver is nowhere to be seen:
Dan / Riehl World View:   A 9/12 Experience: Dangerous Times
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Great moments in gatekeeping  —  Don Wade and Roma at Chicago's WLS-AM ask outgoing ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson about why most media outlets have failed to cover the ACORN story — and they get a better answer than they must have expected.  Instead of a discourse over editorial policy …
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The Politico:
Conservatives score string of scoops  —  The right-wing media's single-minded focus on a handful of targets over the past months and its success in pushing those stories into the mainstream have underscored the sharp divide between traditional news organizations and the bloggers …
Fox News:
Congressman Suggests People Will Don ‘White Hoods’ If Wilson Not Rebuked  —  In an obvious reference to the Ku Klux Klan, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., says that people will put on “white hoods and ride through the countryside” if emerging racist attitudes, which he says were subtly supported by Rep. Joe Wilson, are not rebuked.
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Jake Sherman / Wall Street Journal:
Acorn Faces More Funding Pressure
Discussion: Moonbattery
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Resolution against Wilson for outburst passes 240-179
Discussion: The Hill, Cassy Fiano, Hot Air and MyDD
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
UPDATED: Rockefeller Says “No Way” on Baucus Framework  —  Senator Jay Rockefeller, speaking Tuesday afternoon on a conference call co-sponsored with the Campaign for America's Future:  —  I have sat besides Max Baucus for 22 years on the Finance Committee. ...  I'm probably one of his best friend among Democrats.
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The Hill:
Snowe falls away, leaving Senate Dems without GOP health support
Discussion: The Politico and Cassy Fiano
New York Times:
New Objections to Baucus Health Care Proposal
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Questions about Bush's conservative principles  —  How many times during the last eight years did you hear that George W. Bush was a dangerous right-wing extremist?  Probably too many to count.  —  What you heard less often were expressions of the deep reservations some conservatives felt about Bush's governing philosophy.
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
George Bush said Palin was ill prepared: ‘Is she the Governor of Guam?’
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Bush reportedly called McCain ‘a five-spiral crash,’ …
David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Former Speechwriter Says Bush Slammed Obama, Predicted Palin Debacle
Discussion: Don Surber
Pulling It Together …:
Simple Arithmetic  —  This week we put out our annual benchmark survey of employer health coverage and costs.  Two numbers jumped off the pages.  —  The first number was the average cost of a family health insurance policy in 2009: $13,375.  To put that number in context, if you are an employer …
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WhiteHouse.gov Blog:   REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT AFL-CIO CONVENTION
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Carter Claims There Is “Racist” Tone Against Obama  —  In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, former President Jimmy Carter said he has been extremely bothered by the heightened climate of racial and other hate speech since the election of President Barack Obama.
Jesse Walker / Reason:
The Paranoid Center  —  On June 10, 2009, an elderly man entered the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, raised a rifle, and opened fire, killing a security guard named Stephen Tyrone Johns.  Two other guards shot back, wounding the gunman before he could end any more lives.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Agitator and Townhall.com
Washington Examiner:
Susan O'Connor  —  I just don't understand why everyone does not recognize that this health care reform is a sham.  Both sides have their own agenda and it is not the best interest of the public.  Why can we not have public forums and discussions as to what the public wants.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Devices “Useful Primarily for the Stimulation of Human Genital Organs" Going to the Supreme Court?  Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld (by a 7-2 vote, in 1568 Montgomery Highway, Inc. v. City of Hoover) a state statute that criminalizes, among other things, “knowingly distribut[ing] …
Discussion: Reason
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Post Magazine Killed ‘Depressing’ Story  —  On one point, there is no dispute: Katharine Weymouth did not like the subject of a Washington Post Magazine story that was headed toward publication and the piece wound up being killed.  —  Weymouth, publisher of The Post, told the story's author …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Nevada Senate Race  —  Harry Reid Trails Republican Challengers in 2010 Election  —  In what is currently a difficult political climate for Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trails two potential Republican challengers seeking to unseat him as he faces reelection next year in Nevada.
Terry Jones / Investor's Business Daily:
45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul  —  Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.
Tom Hester Sr / NewJerseyNewsroom.com:
Poll: Corzine takes lead over Christie in gubernatorial race … Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine has for the first time gained the lead in the gubernatorial race among all registered voters, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll.  —  Among all registered voters polled …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News, Open Left and MyDD
 
 
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