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10:55 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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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 Wildlife Fund that tries to turn 9/11 into...something that has to do with animals — and not the animals who flew those planes into the World Trade Center.  The text on the ad reads, “The tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11.
WWF News Releases:
WWF Strongly Condemns Unauthorized Ad Campaign
Discussion: City Room and Green Sheet
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Vincent Fernando / Clusterstock:
Hong Kong Broker Pulling A “Borat” On Sarah Palin  —  Hopefully Sarah Palin realizes she's been invited to Hong Kong as a practical joke.  —  CLSA, the Asia-focused broker who invited Mrs. Palin as keynote speaker for an Asian investment conference, is well known for their cheeky takes on investment research.
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.)
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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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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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   Republicans Disappointed In Holder's Decision To Enforce Civil Rights Laws.
Josh Kalven / Progress Illinois:
Schakowsky Town Hall: Booing Ted Kennedy?  Really?  —  We attended Rep. Jan Schakowsky's health care town hall meeting in Niles last night where over 2,000 people showed up, packing a high school auditorium and spilling onto the sidewalk outside.  There was a real variety of opinion expressed during …
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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 …
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
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.
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.
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Maria Bartiromo Presses 44-Year-Old Congressman: If Medicare Is So Good, Why Aren't You On It?  (VIDEO)  —  Earlier today, MSNBC's Carlos Watson hosted Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo for a discussion on health care.  —  At one point, Bartiromo was critical …
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 …
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?
Raw Story:
Beck guest warns of ‘black genocide’ from health care reform  —  It appears Fox News host Glenn Beck has found an unlikely ally — an African-American preacher who peddles conspiracy theories about a white plot to exterminate black people.  —  Beck gave airtime Monday to Dallas-area pastor Stephen Broden …
The Huffington Post:
Cheney In 2012?  Some Key GOPers Aren't Kidding  —  At first, it seemed like a joke.  Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto opined on Monday that — if the 2012 election were to turn to national security — “it's hard to think of a better candidate... than Richard B. Cheney.”
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gonzales backs Holder's torture investigation.  —  In an interview with the Washington Times today, former attorney general Alberto Gonzales defended Eric Holder's decision to investigate CIA interrogation abuses, despite claims by Vice President Cheney that it is an “outrageous political act.”
Discussion: Salon
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Boston Globe:
Coakley makes the first move in race for Kennedy seat  —  Attorney General Martha Coakley this morning picked up nomination papers to run for the Senate seat of Edward M. Kennedy, becoming the first candidate to throw a hat in the ring for what promises to be a fierce five-month-long race.
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Jeremy Jacobs / Politics Magazine:
Sources: Meehan Won't Run for Teddy's Seat
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Kirit Radia / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Controversial Blackwater Security Firm Gets Iraq Contract Extended by State Dept  —  Company Banned From Operating by Iraqi Government Earlier This Year  —  The State Department has extended a contract with controversial private security firm Blackwater, ABC News has learned.
Elpresidente / Peoples Press Collective:
“Death Threat” For Rep. John Salazar (CO) A “False Flag” Operation?  “Crying Wolf”?  -Police Rule Accusation “Unfounded”  —  For the second time in as many weeks, Democrats have accused health care opponents of politically-motivated crimes-vandalism at the Democratic Party's state HQ and even a death threat against Rep. John Salazar.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory: Nancy Pelosi Is Banning Patriotic Hold Music On Congressional Phones  —  Today, the right-wing site The New Ledger has a report about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) “problem” with “patriotic music”: … The post was picked up by various right-wing blogs.
Megan McArdle:
Does High Speed Rail Have a Future?  —  Forgive me for talking about high speed rail even though Ryan Avent says I'm not allowed to.  I just can't control myself, I'm afraid.  —  As libertarians go, I'm a big fan of high-speed rail.  I think it would be very nice if we had some in the …
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.
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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The Gestapo Precedent for “EITs”
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Massachusetts Cuts Back Immigrants' Health Care
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KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Simply Extraordinary  —  Three Duke University students …
Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Bachmann: ‘Slit our wrists, be blood brothers’ to beat health care reform
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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