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8:30 AM ET, September 3, 2009

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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.
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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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Perfect Political Storm  —  It's hard to sell change voters don't think they need.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  August was the worst month of Barack Obama's presidency.  And he seems to know it—he is now planning to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress 232 days …
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.
New York Times:
Obama Aides Aim to Simplify and Scale Back Health Bills  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress next week in an effort to rally support for health care legislation as White House officials look for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills …
The Politico:
Obama's speech: High risk, high reward  —  Whenever Barack Obama has faced political crisis, he's rescued himself with a big, sweeping, earth-shifter of a speech.  —  But if soaring oratory has often been Obama's saving grace, the health care reform address he's scheduled to deliver …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   WH deletes line about schoolkids helping Obama from speech prep materials
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.
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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.”
Laurel Wentz / AdAge:
9/11 Ad for WWF Causes Tsunami of a Crisis for DDB Brasil  —  Apology Doesn't Stave Off Global Compensation; Video Version Surfaces  —  An obscure ad that ran once in a small Sao Paulo newspaper months ago has come back to haunt DDB Brasil and its conservation client, the WWF in Brazil …
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Watts Up With That?:
Earth-awareness run amok: WWF's ad company apparently produced 9/11 …
Fox News:
Outrage Grows Over Ad Showing Planes Crashing Into NYC
Discussion: Redhot and Sweetness & Light
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 …
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New York Times:
Kennedy Memoir Doesn't Ignore Lows  —  In a memoir being published this month, Senator Edward M. Kennedy called his behavior after the 1969 car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne “inexcusable” and said the events might have shortened the life of his ailing father, Joseph P. Kennedy.
Discussion: The Page
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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Republican Party of Florida:
Greer Condemns Obama's Attempt to Indoctrinate Students  —  Tallahassee- Â Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer today released the following statement condemning President Obama's use of taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda.
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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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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
STAFF AS ‘FORGETFUL’ AS THE BOSS  —  WASHINGTON — Charlie Rangel's “forgetfulness” is apparently contagious.  —  Two of his top aides are among about a dozen highly paid staffers on the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee who have filed a flurry of amendments correcting their financial-disclosure statements since 2002.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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WCBS-TV:
Rangel-ing: Charlie Pays ‘Angels’ In Ethics Probe
Discussion: RedState
Peter Popham / The Independent:
I have been abducted by aliens, says Japan's first lady  —  Move over Michelle, watch your backs, Carla and Sarah.  There's a new kid on the first lady block, and she looks like upstaging the lot of you.  —  Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan's Prime Minister-elect, Yukio Hatoyama …
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 …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Accountability, but at What Cost?  —  My friend and fellow columnist Eugene Robinson has written a characteristically passionate and well-reasoned piece commending Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to name a special counsel to examine possible law-breaking by interrogators of terrorist subjects during the last administration.
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.
New York Post:
SPITZER'S BABE SLAPS THE SNOBS  —  TELLS WOMEN: YOU'RE NO BETTER THAN ME!  —  The high-paid escort who notoriously romped with disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer has a message to New York ladies: You're no better than me!  —  “Get real and get over yourself,” Ashley Dupre bluntly tells all the women out there who “just love to judge.”
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN poll: 9 in 10 think U.S. still in recession  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Nearly 9 in 10 Americans say the country's still in a recession, according to a new national poll.  —  Eighty-seven percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
Michael Hewlett / Winston-Salem Journal:
DNA to free another inmate  —  Winston-Salem man has served 14 years after being convicted of raping 2 girls  —  A 49-year-old man who has served more than 14 years of a life sentence for raping two teenage sisters will be released today after DNA tests determined that he wasn't the attacker.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and TalkLeft
 
 
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Billy Bob / Breitbart.tv:
GREEN JOBS CZAR SAYS ‘WHITE POLLUTERS’ STEERED POISON INTO MINORITY COMMUNITIES
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Spanish paper: Irving ‘expert’ on WWII
Discussion: Israel Matzav and normblog
Thomas Rid / Kings of War:
Washington's Afghan Brawl
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
Where Did the American Flag Go? — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
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