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10:30 AM ET, September 2, 2009

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The Politico:
Under fire, Obama shifts strategy  —  Aides to President Barack Obama are putting the final touches on a new strategy to help Democrats recover from a brutal August recess by specifying what Obama wants to see in a compromise health care deal and directly confronting other trouble spots, West Wing officials tell POLITICO.
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:   White House: Obama may detail health plans soon
Ken Boehm / National Legal and Policy Center:
Obama White House Has Secret Plan To Harvest Personal Data From Social Networking Websites  —  NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pelosi will let Rangel hold post despite latest allegations  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi will let Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) keep his chairmanship despite his failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets on federal disclosure forms, according to Democratic aides.
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Vanity Fair:
Levi Johnston: “Me and Mrs. Palin”  —  Left, photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.  Right, photograph by Mark Seliger.  —  Three days after Sarah Palin was announced as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, the McCain campaign released a statement saying that her 17-year-old unwed daughter, Bristol, was pregnant.
Tim Nudd / AdFreak:
WWF condemns 9/11 print ad by DDB Brazil  —  [NOTE: The WWF says it never approved this ad and is condemning it.  See the updates below.]  Just in time for the anniversary of 9/11 comes this tasteless, nightmarish print ad for the World Wildlife Fund, showing dozens of planes headed for lower Manhattan.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
WWF Exploits 9/11  —  It's shameful.  An ad by the World …
Discussion: protein wisdom and American Power
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:   Tastelessly Clueless — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
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.)
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. to boost combat force in Afghanistan  —  Support units will be replaced by up to 14,000 ‘trigger-pullers,’ and noncombat posts will be contracted out, Defense officials say.  The swap will allow the U.S. to keep its troop level unchanged.  —  U.S. troops patrol in Kunar province.
Major Tom / Media Matters for America:
Why Glenn Beck, and Fox News, can't escape the “racist” trap  —  Have so many blue-chip advertisers ever fled a program as quickly as the who's who of corporate America that's sprinted away from Glenn Beck in recent weeks?  I certainly cannot recall ever seeing a mass exodus of this scale.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Conservative Democrats Expect a Health Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Like her colleagues, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a South Dakota Democrat and leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, has been weathering the summer of health care discontent.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Guest list for Obama's White House Ramadan dinner  —  (UPDATE: 5:48 p.m. The president's dinner remarks — sans teleprompter — have been added to the end of this item.)  —  The other day President Obama issued a special message to the Muslim world for the annual Ramadan holiday.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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David A. Harris / The Huffington Post:
Look Who's Coming To Dinner
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Ben Smith's Blog
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Taliban Surprising U.S. Forces With Improved Tactics  —  The Taliban has become a much more potent adversary in Afghanistan by improving its own tactics and finding gaps in the U.S. military playbook, according to senior American military officials who acknowledged that the enemy's resurgence this year has taken them by surprise.
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 …
Richard Sisk / NY Daily News:
Afghan U.S. Embassy patrol in ‘deviant’ parties with booze, hookers - report  —  WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Clinton ordered an investigation on Tuesday into the Animal House revels of private guards at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan - including booze, hookers and other “deviant behavior.”
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama's Sept. 8 speech to schoolchildren  —  President Obama told a student report last month that he would be making an address to schoolchildren on September 8:  —  The Daily Paul picked up the story last week and linked to teachers' manuals pegged to Obama's address, which have now been linked on Drudge.
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Los Angeles Times:
Hostages of the Hermit Kingdom  —  Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two American journalists released last month after being imprisoned in North Korea, tell their story — and remind people of the story they wanted to cover.  —  We arrived at the frozen river separating China and North Korea at 5 o'clock on the morning of March 17.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Low-Wage Workers Are Often Cheated, Study Says  —  Low-wage workers are routinely denied proper overtime pay and are often paid less than the minimum wage, according to a new study based on a survey of workers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.  —  The study, the most comprehensive examination …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama's Political Operation Escalates Attack On Media; Raises Money Off Failure To Debunk “Lies”  —  This has to be the Obama camp's most direct and premeditated shot at the media yet: His outside political operation just blasted an email to supporters directly faulting the press for falling …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justice Stevens slows his hiring at high court  —  WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has hired fewer law clerks than usual, generating speculation that the leader of the court's liberals will retire next year.  —  If Stevens does step down, he would give President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Washington Wire, Law Blog and The Page
Nissan Ratzlav-Katz / Arutz Sheva:
Ahmadinejad's Imam: Islam Allows Raping, Torturing Prisoners  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  (IsraelNN.com) A highly influential Shi'a religious leader, with whom Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regularly consults, apparently told followers last month that coercion by means of rape …
Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
What I Learned From the ‘Mob’  —  Voters don't believe the White House claim that we'll save money by spending more.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  I spoke with thousands of voters at town-hall meetings this summer.  What I gathered from them is that it's not just the proposed overhaul of health care that has them upset.
 
 
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