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9:30 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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
VAN JONES' OPINION OF THE GOP.... For a seven-month-old quote, this is generating a surprising amount of attention today. … In the exchange, Jones was asked why a Republican president working with a Republican Congress can pass more of its agenda than a Democratic president working with a Democratic president.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Political Punch:
Axelrod: Obama is Ready to ‘Close’ on Health Care
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
If Public Option Isn't Dead, Why Is Axelrod Referring to Its “Spirit”?
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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 …
Ethan Porter / Mr. Obama's Neighborhood:
Just how crazy is Pat Buchanan?
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.
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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NECN:
Curt Schilling not ruling out possible run for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and The Caucus
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   Price of Kennedy seat: $3 million-plus
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Florida GOP: Keep Obama Out of Our Schools!  —  I just spoke with Florida Republican Party press secretary Katie Gordon, regarding state party chairman Jim Greer's denunciation of President Obama's upcoming national address to schoolchildren on Tuesday.  Gordon stood by the party's press release …
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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) …
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fog of War Reform
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 …
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 and Discourse.net
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 …
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.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Poll: Ted Kennedy's Favorability Was Lower Among GOP, Independents, Southerners  —  When I was reporting Monday's story on the lack of Republican worry about a “Kennedy effect” on health care, I asked CNN for the breakdowns on what ended up being the final measure of Kennedy's favorable/unfavorable ratings.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
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.
Curt Schilling / 38 Pitches:
Potential Senate candidacy  —  While my family is obviously the priority, and 38 Studios is a priority, I do have some interest in the possibility.  That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen.
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Short of ‘miracle,’ Congress to fall short on appropriations goal
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
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AARP raises its voice in health care debate
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