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2:40 AM ET, September 3, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
VAN JONES' OPINION OF THE GOP.... For a seven-month-old quote …
Discussion: TalkLeft
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
The 5 key Strategy Questions the White House is Considering on Health Care
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.”
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.
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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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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Fox News:   Outrage Grows Over Ad Showing Planes Crashing Into NYC
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Levi's latest  —  A Palin partisan points out that Levi Johnston has said previously — contrary his Vanity Fair claim — that there was never discussion of giving away the baby:  —  KING: Levi, was abortion ever considered?  —  L. JOHNSTON: No.  —  KING: Giving up for adoption ever considered?
Discussion: Reliable Source
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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
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) …
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 …
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Behind Bob McDonnell's ‘Macaca’ Moment
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.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Balloon Juice
BBC:
Online politics reserved for rich  —  US civic engagement remains in the hands of the middle-class despite hopes that the internet would democratise political involvement.  —  Those are the findings of a report from the Pew Internet Project.  —  Online political engagement such as contacting officials …
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
Cardinal Seán / Cardinal Seán's Blog:
On Senator Kennedy's Funeral  —  Saturday was the 39th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, at St. Augustine's Church in Pittsburgh by Bishop John B. McDowell, who is still going strong today.  In the Church's calendar, the feast day for August 29 is the Beheading of John the Baptist.
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 …
 
 
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
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Lachlan Markay / NewsBusters.org:
Media Ignoring Conservatives' Return to Dominance of Political Book Market
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox Pushes Bogus Conspiracy Theory That Nancy ‘Music Czar’ …
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Poll: Ted Kennedy's Favorability Was Lower Among GOP, Independents, Southerners
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
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AARP raises its voice in health care debate
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Pew Research Center:
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John Lyon / Arkansas News:
Lincoln: Public option too expensive