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5:15 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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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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Recharge Enforcement of Civil Rights  —  WASHINGTON — Seven months after taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is reshaping the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division by pushing it back into some of the most important areas of American political life …
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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.
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
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Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Sen. Grassley: No public option in health reform
Discussion: Hot Air and Radio Iowa
Bill Rufty / Ledger:
Sen. Nelson: Health Care Reform to Pass
Discussion: Open Left
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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Rory Cooper / The Foundry:
Obama's Team Crosses the Rhetorical Line  —  (Update: The website cited below has been suspended by barackobama.com.  The screenshot to the right is the original page, but the embedded links will no longer work.  Click on the picture to the right for a full-screen view.)
Discussion: RedState and NewsBusters.org
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
 
 
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Republicans: Staunch Defenders of Medicare
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Pastor Seeks Another Referendum in Gay Marriage Fight
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Hong Kong Broker Pulling A “Borat” On Sarah Palin
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Bailout Propaganda Begins
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama's Sept. 8 speech to schoolchildren
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Congresswoman: August health protests just a ‘YouTube phenomenon’
Discussion: Townhall.com
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Innocent but Dead  —  There is a long and remarkable article …
Discussion: Facing South
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Gestapo Precedent for “EITs”
Megan McArdle:
Does High Speed Rail Have a Future?
Lawrence M. Krauss / New York Times:
A One-Way Ticket to Mars
KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Simply Extraordinary  —  Three Duke University students …