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11:15 AM ET, September 3, 2009

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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 …
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CNN:
Sources: Obama, Snowe in talks on health care deal  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama and top aides have quietly stepped up talks with moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine on a scaled-back health care bill, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Spotlight on ... Maine?  —  Ground zero of the health care …
Discussion: WMTW-TV, The Politico and The Page
Ezra Klein:
The Divisions in the White House Over Health-Care Reform
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PULLING THE ‘TRIGGER’?.... Several months ago, Sen. Olympia Snowe …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Snowe's ‘trigger’ on public option may be key to endgame
KTLA:
Man's Finger Bitten Off in Scuffle at Health Care Rally  —  THOUSAND OAKS — A 65-year-old man had his finger bitten off Wednesday evening at a health care rally in Thousand Oaks, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.  —  Sheriff's investigators were called to Hillcrest and Lynn Road at 7:26 p.m.
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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David Catanese / KY3 Political Notebook:
VIDEO: The Obama School Speech Debate  —  Springfield parent Rebekah Casado fears President Obama's school speech “is a socialistic idea of getting to kids when they're young,” but superintendent Norm Ridder points out that the speech is strictly about citizenship and how students can succeed in their academic efforts.
Fox News:
White House Withdraws Call for Students to ‘Help’ Obama  —  Obama's plan to inspire the nation's schoolchildren with a video address next week erupted into controversy.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The Obama administration is rethinking its course recommendations for students ahead …
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.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   Broder Again Argues Against Torture Accountability.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The looming political war over Afghanistan  —  There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. pretended that it viewed war only as a “last resort,” something to be used only when absolutely necessary to defend the country against imminent threats.  In reality, at least since the creation …
Discussion: Chris Floyd and Eschaton
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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.
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Extremism in Media's Glare  —  Health-care reform is said to be in trouble partly because of those raucous August town-hall meetings in which Democratic members of Congress were besieged by shouters opposed to change.  —  But what if our media-created impression of the meetings is wrong?
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 …
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Schilling ineligible to run as Republican  —  Former Red Sox pitching ace Curt Schilling may be making noises about running for the Senate to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) but, according to Massachusetts election law, he's ineligible to run as a Republican.
Wall Street Journal:
The Revolt of the Masses  —  Electorates are casting a global no-confidence vote in their leaderships.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When the political world arrives at the point where even the Japanese rise up to toss a party from office after almost 54 years in power, it's time to see something's happening here, Mr. Jones.
Discussion: QandO, Commentary and Hot Air
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.”
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: A Blog For All and Don Surber
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Schultz: ‘I Believe Jesus Would Vote Yes for a Public Option’  —  What would Jesus do?  Well, Ed Schultz thinks he knows - that is on health care reform at least.  —  Schultz, on his Sept. 2 MSNBC program, “The ED Show” told viewers he believed Jesus would vote for a government public option.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Rep. Pete Stark tells interviewer, “Get the f**k out of here or I'll throw you out the window”  —  Longtime readers of this blog are well aware of California Democrat Rep. Pete Stark (Raving Mad)'s unhingedness.  —  He has called a Republican opponent a “c**ksucker” …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and zero hedge
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck Finds “Communist” Art At NBC Headquarters At Rockefeller Center (VIDEO)  —  If you thought Glenn Beck's conspiracy theories couldn't get any more bizarre, you obviously don't watch that much Glenn Beck.  —  This time Beck is taking shots at the titan of American capitalism …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Revenge of Levi  —  For the first time in my life, I feel sympathy for Sarah Palin.  —  Levi Johnston — you will remember him from his featured role as the father of Bristol's baby at the Republican convention — has written an article for the new issue of Vanity Fair.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Long-Term Implication of the Public Option Fight  —  Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva  —  Josh Marshall ponders: “What if the version of the public option that emerged in the House (which has to be seen as the maximal version of what's possible) is so constrained and anemic that it wouldn't really accomplish anything anyway?”
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Open Left
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Poll: Guinta Gains on Shea-Porter after ‘Calamitous August’  —  Manchester Mayor and Republican congressional candidate Frank Guinta has pulled within the margin of error against embattled incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a new NowHampshire.com poll shows.
Discussion: msnbc.com and RedState
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Inhofe blasts Obama at Grove town hall  —  GROVE — Right-thinking Americans can only hope the country will survive the next 16 months of the Obama administration until Republicans can regain control of Congress, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday.  —  “I never dreamed I would see an administration try …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
CHARLIE UPS THE RACE-CARD ANTE  —  First it was Gov. Paterson.  Now the dean of New York's congressional delegation has played the race card — and just as the governor did, he's using President Obama to do it.  —  Rep. Charles Rangel said Tuesday that “bias” and “prejudice” toward Obama are fueling opposition to health-care reform.
Discussion: YID With LID and JammieWearingFool
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Spanish paper: Irving ‘expert’ on WWII  —  Article's topics: Holocaust, Yad Vashem, Shoah, David Irving, Syria, Aftonbladet  —  First the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet cited freedom of the press as its justification for accusing IDF soldiers of harvesting Palestinian organs.
 
 
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Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
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Tim Reid / Times of London:
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Robert Fogel / AMERICAN.COM:
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Scott Kraus / Morning Call:
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