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1:20 AM ET, September 2, 2009

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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
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:   Tastelessly Clueless — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Hasani Gittens / NBC New York:   “Tsunami” Ad Offends Memory of September 11 Tragedy
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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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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Independents disapprove of Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A majority of independent voters disapprove of how Barack Obama's handling his job as president, according to a new national poll.  —  Fifty-three percent of independents questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
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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.)
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.
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is the Washington Post trying to ‘Macaca’ Bob McDonnell?  —  In the 2006 campaign season the Washington Post ran more than a dozen front-page stories on Senator George Allen's reference, at an August 11 campaign stop almost 400 miles from Washington, to an opposition campaign staffer as “Macaca.”
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Washington Post:
Thesis Thrusts Va. Gubernatorial Candidate's Past Views Into Spotlight
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 …
Joseph Weber / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Gonzales defends Holder's decision on CIA  —  Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales on Tuesday defended the decision of his current successor, Eric H. Holder Jr., to investigate alleged prisoner abuse by CIA interrogators over President Obama's desire to look forward.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gonzales backs Holder's torture investigation.
Discussion: Salon
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Denver Post
Lawrence M. Krauss / New York Times:
A One-Way Ticket to Mars  —  NOW that the hype surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings has come and gone, we are faced with the grim reality that if we want to send humans back to the Moon the investment is likely to run in excess of $150 billion.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Republicans Disappointed In Holder's Decision To Enforce Civil Rights Laws.  —  The New York Times reports that Eric Holder is refocusing the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department back toward its traditional role of protecting civil rights—as opposed to actively undermining them for partisan reasons.
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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Hey, Obama, Can We See the Text of Your Speech to Every Schoolkid Before You Deliver It?  —  Suggested Activity: Students can “Write Letters to Themselves About What They Can Do To Help the President”  —  Update: Ed at Hot Air catches the suggestion in the teachers' materials that students …
Discussion: Exurban League, 24Ahead and Moe Lane
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.
David A. Harris / The Huffington Post:
Look Who's Coming To Dinner  —  Wait - Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, is coming to the Ramadan dinner hosted tonight by President Barack Obama?  —  After reading this in Talking Points Memo, I paused to make sure I read it right.  —  There's nothing surprising …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
KCLO-TV:
Dealers Still Waiting For Clunker Cash  —  Auto makers will release their monthly sales reports Tuesday and they're expected to show the first year-to-year increase since 2007.  While the Cash for Clunkers program is getting all the credit, local car dealers are still waiting for their cash.
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Don Surber
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.
 
 
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