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10:40 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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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.
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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PULLING THE ‘TRIGGER’?.... Several months ago, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), arguably the most important lawmaker in the known universe right now, recommended the idea of a “trigger” in health care reform.  As she saw it, Congress could create a public option, but it wouldn't be implemented …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Snowe's ‘trigger’ on public option may be key to endgame
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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.
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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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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to address Congress on reform
Max Boot / Wall Street Journal:
How to Win in Afghanistan  —  We tried the ‘offshore’ strategy before.  The result was 9/11.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Given declining poll numbers and rising casualty figures, it is no surprise that the chattering classes are starting to bail out on a war in Afghanistan that was launched with their enthusiastic support.
Discussion: Kings of War and Jules Crittenden
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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: A Blog For All and Don Surber
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
CHARLIE UPS THE RACE-CARD ANTE
Discussion: YID With LID and JammieWearingFool
WCBS-TV:   Rangel-ing: Charlie Pays ‘Angels’ In Ethics Probe
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.
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.
Discussion: NBCSports.com, NECN and The Note
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 …
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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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 …
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?
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.”
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
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.
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
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 …
Scott Kraus / Morning Call:
A health care debate without ill will  —  Hoping to unseat Specter, Toomey and Sestak tackle hot-button issue in Allentown forum.  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (right) shares a beer with former Congressman Pat Toomey at Allentown Bewworks after their health care forum held at Muhlenburg College on Wednesday.
Discussion: Politics Nation and Prescriptions
 
 
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