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5:05 PM ET, September 1, 2009

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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
51 Vote Rules May Force a Public Option Too Liberal for Some Dems  —  As Senate leaders begin work on a Democrat-only health care bill, they're finding themselves confronted with an unexpected irony: Though the caucus has reached an uneasy consensus around a public option that's modeled …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP readies wave of objections to stall healthcare bill in Senate  —  Sen. Judd Gregg has hundreds of procedural objections ready for a healthcare plan Democrats want to speed through the Senate.  —  Gregg (N.H.), the senior Republican on the Budget Committee, told the Hill in a recent interview …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Reconciliation May Push Health Reform to the Left
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Glenn Greenwald  —  Twice in the past month, my private communications have been splashed about the internet.  That such a thing would happen is unfortunate, and dishonorable, but sadly inevitable, I suppose.  I ignored the first case, in which a rather pathetic woman acolyte of Greenwald's published …
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Aimai / No More Mister Nice Blog:
No, Seriously, Dude, Acolyte?  —  It is fun to wake up and find [edited to remove extra word] yourself accused of joining a cult—the cult of people who like incredibly detailed, footnoted, analytic, legal arguments about abstruse and painful political crimes?  The cult of people who follow links?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Beltway culture, checks on journalists and secrecy obligations  —  I'm ambivalent about whether even to acknowledge this obviously disturbed, Cheneyite rant from Joe Klein.  On the one hand, I don't want to be dragged down into what is, for him, quite clearly a deeply emotional and personal matter …
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Cole / Balloon Juice:   You Have to Be Kidding Me  —  Joe Klein on why Glenn Greenwald is not a serious person:
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Please, Not In Front Of The Kids (Or The Sockpuppets... Or The Editors)
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Time for the U.S. to Get Out of Afghanistan  —  “Yesterday,” reads the e-mail from Allen, a Marine in Afghanistan, “I gave blood because a Marine, while out on patrol, stepped on a [mine's] pressure plate and lost both legs.”  Then “another Marine with a bullet wound to the head was brought in.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Obama Slide  —  Two tides swept over American politics last winter.  The first was the Obama tide.  Barack Obama came into office with an impressive 70 percent approval rating.  The second was the independent tide.  Over the first months of this year, the number of people …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Independents disapprove of Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A majority of independent voters disapprove of how Barack Obama's handling his job as president, according to a new national poll.  —  Fifty-three percent of independents questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
Discussion: The Page
Washington Post:
Thesis Thrusts Va. Gubernatorial Candidate's Past Views Into Spotlight  —  The Virginia governor's race ignited Monday over Republican Robert F. McDonnell's 20-year-old graduate thesis: Democrats assailed him in e-mail blasts and interviews for what he wrote about working women, homosexuals and …
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Joseph Weber / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Gonzales defends Holder's decision on CIA  —  Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales on Tuesday defended the decision of his current successor, Eric H. Holder Jr., to investigate alleged prisoner abuse by CIA interrogators over President Obama's desire to look forward.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Something New On Health Care: Deal-Breakers From The President  —  This time, the President is going to be specific.  Next week, President Obama is going to give Democrats a health care plan they can begin to sell.  —  He plans to list specific goals that any health insurance reform plan …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
YOU CAN'T KEEP A BAD MAN DOWN  —  SPITZER IS EYEING A COMEBACK  —  Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been privately talking with friends about a possible comeback, and is considering a run for statewide office next year, several sources told The Post.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Torture's Ugly Dialogue  —  Call him Ishmael.  —  Call him a terrorist or a suicide bomber or anything else you want, but understand that he is willing — no, anxious — to give his life for his cause.  Call him also a captive, and know that he works with others as part of a team …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   What Richard Cohen Omits
Gateway Pundit:
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Obama HCAN Organizer Instructs Supporters How to Shout Down Opponents & Take Over Meetings  —  More Hope and Change—  A Health Care for America Now (HCAN) organizer is caught on tape outside the meeting instructing supporters on how to shout down opponents who get up to ask …
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pogo.org:
POGO Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding U.S. Embassy in Kabul  —  Dear Secretary Clinton:  —  As you know, last month eight rockets were fired into Kabul, two landing near the U.S. Embassy.1 Not long after, at least seven people were killed and 91 wounded, including children …
Discussion: CBS News
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Daniel Schulman / MoJo Blog Posts:
Animal House in Afghanistan
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jeremy Jacobs / Politics Magazine:
Sources: Meehan Won't Run for Teddy's Seat  —  Updated with interview with Marty Meehan below.  —  Former Rep. Marty Meehan (D) will not run in the special election for Edward Kennedy's former Senate seat, according to two well-placed sources in Massachusetts.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Republican Voters Say GOP Reps in Congress Still Out of Touch  —  Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters say their party's representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Jindal uses taxpayer money for a helicopter to shuttle him to church.  —  A report by The Advocate in Louisiana finds that state taxpayers have been paying for Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) to go to church...in a helicopter: … Last week, Jindal said that he “visits a church when he receives an invitation” …
Discussion: WBRZ-TV and Shakesville
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Gestapo Precedent for “EITs”  —  Marc Ambinder addresses the subject of torture today.  Ambers poses the following analogy: … But that is the wrong analogy.  The sadism and murder of Jews and gypsies in Nazi Germany do not fall under a torture category.
Lawrence M. Krauss / New York Times:
A One-Way Ticket to Mars  —  NOW that the hype surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings has come and gone, we are faced with the grim reality that if we want to send humans back to the Moon the investment is likely to run in excess of $150 billion.
 
 
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Pastor Seeks Another Referendum in Gay Marriage Fight
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama's Sept. 8 speech to schoolchildren
Rory Cooper / The Foundry:
Obama's Team Crosses the Rhetorical Line
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Congresswoman: August health protests just a ‘YouTube phenomenon’
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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Sen. Nelson: Health Care Reform to Pass
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Simply Extraordinary  —  Three Duke University students …