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8:45 AM 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.
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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.
Jackie Calmes / Prescriptions:
Obama Plans More Hands-On Health Advocacy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is planning for “a new season” of more hands-on advocacy for his troubled domestic priority, an overhaul of the health care system, according to his advisers.  Among the likely steps would be a nationally televised speech …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
White House: Obama may detail health plans soon  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, increasingly impatient with Senate negotiations over health care, is weighing a plan to offer more details of his goals for overhauling the nation's health system, the White House said Tuesday.
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.
Discussion: American Power
WWF News Releases:
WWF Strongly Condemns Unauthorized Ad Campaign
Discussion: City Room and Green Sheet
Hasani Gittens / NBC New York:
“Tsunami” Ad Offends Memory of September 11 Tragedy
Discussion: protein wisdom
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:   Tastelessly Clueless — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
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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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.)
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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.
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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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Guest list for Obama's White House Ramadan dinner  —  (UPDATE: 5:48 p.m. The president's dinner remarks — sans teleprompter — have been added to the end of this item.)  —  The other day President Obama issued a special message to the Muslim world for the annual Ramadan holiday.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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David A. Harris / The Huffington Post:
Look Who's Coming To Dinner
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. to boost combat force in Afghanistan  —  Support units will be replaced by up to 14,000 ‘trigger-pullers,’ and noncombat posts will be contracted out, Defense officials say.  The swap will allow the U.S. to keep its troop level unchanged.  —  U.S. troops patrol in Kunar province.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Conservative Democrats Expect a Health Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Like her colleagues, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a South Dakota Democrat and leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, has been weathering the summer of health care discontent.
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
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.
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: Denver Post and Michelle Malkin
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Taliban Surprising U.S. Forces With Improved Tactics  —  The Taliban has become a much more potent adversary in Afghanistan by improving its own tactics and finding gaps in the U.S. military playbook, according to senior American military officials who acknowledged that the enemy's resurgence this year has taken them by surprise.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Schumer: Idea That Grassley And Enzi Are Negotiating In Good Faith …
Discussion: TPMDC, Washington Monthly and SENATUS
Los Angeles Times:
Hostages of the Hermit Kingdom  —  Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two American journalists released last month after being imprisoned in North Korea, tell their story — and remind people of the story they wanted to cover.  —  We arrived at the frozen river separating China and North Korea at 5 o'clock on the morning of March 17.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“Minor Revolution”  —  Let's get out ahead of this.  Republicans are saying that if Democrats go the ‘reconciliation’ — i.e., 51 votes rules — route there will be a “minor revolution.”  That's fine.  Hyperbole is a bipartisan indulgence.  —  But I'm seeing more and more reporters referring …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and Open Left
Nissan Ratzlav-Katz / Arutz Sheva:
Ahmadinejad's Imam: Islam Allows Raping, Torturing Prisoners  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  (IsraelNN.com) A highly influential Shi'a religious leader, with whom Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regularly consults, apparently told followers last month that coercion by means of rape …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
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.”
 
 
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