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10:35 PM ET, September 2, 2009

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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.
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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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
White House Floating “Snowe” Trigger  —  Senior White House officials, in conversations with reporters today, are floating the idea that President Obama is secretly negotiating with Sen. Olympia Snowe over a health care compromise that would phase in a government-funded health care alternative …
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 …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Times:
WH withdraws call for students to ‘help’ Obama  —  The Obama administration late Wednesday withdrew a recommendation that school children who watch a video featuring President Obama next week write about how they might “help the president” as part of a classroom assignment.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
The 5 key Strategy Questions the White House is Considering on Health Care
Political Punch:
Axelrod: Obama is Ready to ‘Close’ on Health Care
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
VAN JONES' OPINION OF THE GOP.... For a seven-month-old quote …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Political Punch:
The Precipitous Slide  —  President Obama's job approval ratings …
Discussion: Hot Air
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:
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Lisa Schencker / Salt Lake Tribune:
Parents upset over ‘leftist propaganda’ video  —  Education » Principal apologizes for showing ‘I Pledge’ to students.  —  A school principal has apologized for showing a video at an assembly that a politically conservative group leader is calling “radical, leftist propaganda.”
Discussion: Babalú Blog
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.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Department of Education Deletes Line About How Schoolkids Can Help Obama — By: Jim Geraghty  —  It appears there are two versions of the preparatory materials for the president's address to schoolchildren floating around, one with language urging teachers to have students write letters …
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Political Punch:
WH, Dept of Education Revise Language on Students Outlining …
Discussion: Hot Air, Salon and Pajamas Media
Kate Devlin / Telegraph:
Sentenced to death on the NHS  —  Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors warn today.  —  In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Buchanan's Apologia for Hitler  —  As if some neocon were setting out to parody dovish thinking on contemporary issues, paleocon Pat Buchanan has gone and written a “blame Britian first” account of the origins of World War II.  Apparently, according to Buchanan, Hitler was just seeking …
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Boston Globe:
Senate hopeful of the day: Curt Schilling  —  Add another name to the growing list of pols and would-be pols eyeing a run for Edward M. Kennedy's Senate seat: Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling.  —  That's right, Mr. Bloody Sock himself apparently told NECN's Brad Puffer in an interview today …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, TPMDC and Wonkette
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Curt Schilling / 38 Pitches:
Potential Senate candidacy
NECN:
Curt Schilling not ruling out possible run for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and The Caucus
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) …
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Kennedy Memoir Talks of Chappaquiddick, J.F.K. and Other Presidents  —  In a memoir being published posthumously, Senator Edward M. Kennedy talks remorsefully about the car accident that claimed the life of Mary Jo Kopechne - a turn of events many consider a chief reason that he was never able …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Advantage in Party Affiliation Shrinks  —  Gap now 5 points, down from 17 in January  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In August, an average of 45% of Americans identified as Democrats or leaned to the Democratic Party, while 40% identified as Republicans or leaned to the Republican Party.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Conservative Democrats, Liberal Republicans Hard to Find
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Pew Research Center:
Congressional Favorability at 24-Year Low  —  Midterm Voting Intentions Evenly Divided  —  Americans are extremely displeased with Congress, and there are already some signs that this could take a toll on the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.  Currently, 37% express a favorable opinion …
Abu Muqawama:
The Obama Administration: MIA on Afghanistan?  —  So I was on the Newshour last night debating Afghanistan with a favorite of this blog and its readers, Andrew Bacevich.  As readers of this blog know, I am uncomfortable when placed in the position of being expected to lustily defend the war.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: DNC takes aim at Cheney  —  (CNN) — The Democratic National Committee is taking aim at Dick Cheney over his string of high-profile media appearances during which the former vice president has been highly critical of President Obama's national security policies.
DealBook:
Another View: Lock the Law School Doors  —  Dan Slater, a former litigator, argues that there are too many places at too many law schools, especially with the current hiring slump at law firms.  —  This summer, in the staid world of legal education, where curriculum is uniform and scholars …
Discussion: Law Blog
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 …
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox Pushes Bogus Conspiracy Theory That Nancy ‘Music Czar’ …
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Short of ‘miracle,’ Congress to fall short on appropriations goal
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Poll: Ted Kennedy's Favorability Was Lower Among GOP, Independents, Southerners
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