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7:25 PM 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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to address Congress on reform  —  President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on health care reform in prime time on Wednesday, Sept. 9, a senior official tells POLITICO.  —  Obama plans to give lawmakers a more specific prescription for health care legislation than he has in the past, aides said.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
The 5 key Strategy Questions the White House is Considering on Health Care  —  White House officials are signaling publicly that they're ready to take charge of the health care debate while strategizing privately (including a meeting with the president yesterday afternoon) about how to do it.
Ezra Klein:
The Divisions in the White House Over Health-Care Reform  —  This is health-care reform's endgame, or close to it.  Next Wednesday, Barack Obama will give a prime-time address before both houses of Congress.  But that's not all he's giving Congress.  The administration is going to put a plan down on paper.
Political Punch:
Axelrod: Obama is Ready to ‘Close’ on Health Care
Discussion: The Hill and AMERICAblog News
Obama considering major health care speech
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Stop The ACLU
Washington Wire:
Picnic Fare: Obama to Talk About Health Care at Union Lunch
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMDC
Political Punch:
The Precipitous Slide  —  President Obama's job approval ratings …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Levi's latest  —  A Palin partisan points out that Levi Johnston …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama adviser: Republicans are “a**holes”  —  A video in which White House green jobs adviser Van Jones calls Congressional Republicans (and himself) “a**holes” is quickly making the rounds on the Internet this morning.  —  Jones made the off-the-cuff remark in February …
Michelle Malkin:
“I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama”  —  As if I needed any more evidence to bolster today's column about the Obama junior lobbyist campaign in America's schools, here's another item fresh from the headlines in Utah:
Lisa Schencker / Salt Lake Tribune:   Parents upset over ‘leftist propaganda’ video
Curt Schilling not ruling out possible run for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat  —  (NECN: Brad Puffer, Boston, Mass.) - Can a Republican fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts?  Among the list of possible GOP candidates is Curt Schilling.  —  The former right-handed starting pitcher …
Discussion: The Note and The Hill
Boston Globe:
Senate hopeful of the day: Curt Schilling
Discussion: TPMDC and Wonkette
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   Price of Kennedy seat: $3 million-plus
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Pat Buchanan: Sotomayor?  Racist.  Hitler?  Misunderstood.  —  Following Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, Pat Buchanan went to eleven.  He said that Sotomayor “believed discrimination against white males is okay”; he said she believed in “tribal justice” and …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Buchanan's Apologia for Hitler
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ethan Porter / Mr. Obama's Neighborhood:
Just how crazy is Pat Buchanan?
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election  —  Virginia Governor: McDonnell 51% Deeds 42%  —  In the race to become the next Governor of Virginia, Republican Robert F. McDonnell retains a steady lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Scott Whitlock /
WaPo Ratchets Up Attacks on Republican Bob McDonnell; Six Articles in Four Days
Washington Monthly:
Rankings  —  Below are the Washington Monthly's 2009 national university college rankings.  We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Sanford, invoking Palin, vows to fight on  —  Shaken by absence of GOP support  —  Embattled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford acknowledged Tuesday that he has been shaken by the failure of a single fellow Republican to back him in his fight to save his job, but vowed to fight …
Discussion: FITSNews and DownWithTyranny!
John Lyon / Arkansas News:
Lincoln: Public option too expensive  —  LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln said today she opposes a public health insurance option because it would be too expensive.  —  “For some in my caucus, when they talk about a public option they're talking about another entitlement program …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fog of War Reform
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Critics Decry Obama's ‘Indoctrination’ Plan for Students  —  A suggested lesson plan that calls on students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help President Obama following his address to students nationwide is troubling and establishes the president as a …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Deleting the Bush Personality Cult from history  —  National Review's Jay Nordlinger — and others at that magazine — are upset that a school is showing a year-old video in which various celebrities spout feel-good platitudes about public service, and — for a fleeting second …
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Gets Lift From Stimulus  —  WASHINGTON — Government efforts to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy appear to be helping the U.S. climb out of the worst recession in decades.  —  But there's little agreement about which programs are having the biggest impact.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Breaking: Charlie Gibson To Step Down from ABC ‘World News’, Diane Sawyer to Anchor Broadcast  —  TVNewser has learned ABC News will announce today that Charlie Gibson will leave “World News” in January and that Diane Sawyer will be named the new anchor of the network's evening newscast.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Real Fairy-Tale Wedding  —  WASHINGTON - Here's a newsflash: Chelsea Clinton did not get married last month in a swank, celebrity-laden wedding on Martha's Vineyard attended by the president of the United States.  —  For four months, the Clintons have told anyone who would listen …
Discussion: Shakesville
Joseph Brean / National Post:
Hate speech law unconstitutional: rights tribunal  —  The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Section 13, Canada's much maligned human rights hate speech law, is an unconstitutional violation of the Charter right to free expression because of its penalty provisions.
Charles Franklin /
How Fast Does Approval Fall?  —  David Brooks commented in his column yesterday “All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected American president has fallen this far this fast.”  Mostly right, sort of.  But some context would help.
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Poll: Ted Kennedy's Favorability Was Lower Among GOP, Independents, Southerners
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
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Christian Davenport / Washington Post:
Get a Gun in D.C. — Do You Feel Lucky?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Advantage in Party Affiliation Shrinks
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
AARP raises its voice in health care debate
Discussion: Don Surber, YID With LID and Commentary
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
CIA in human experimentation row
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