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1:35 PM ET, September 4, 2009

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Controversial Obama Administration Official Denies Being Part of 9/11 “Truther” Movement, Apologizes for Past Comments  —  A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed …
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Gateway Pundit:
Busted.  Van Jones Linked to 9-11 Truther Movement Back in **January 2002**  —  Yesterday, news broke out that Barack Obama's communist Green Czar was a 9-11 Truther.  The administration much later in the day released a statement saying Van Jones was “not now or ever” involved in the 9-11 Truther movement.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
It Gets Worse  —  I was at a Blanche Lincoln town hall meeting in Russellville, Arkansas, yesterday—and the number of people who believe that the President has larded the government with communists (!) was astonishing.  One woman said there were four known communists in the government and that she'd researched it on the internet.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Quote of the Day: Where Is America's Partisan Political Ugliness Heading?  —  Our political Quote of the Day comes from Time's Joe Klein, who attended a health care reform town hall in Arkansas and asks the question I've asked here at TMV many times: just where is America's accelerating trend towards political ugliness headed?
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Don Surber and The Swamp
Amanda Carpenter / The washington times Blogs:   Another apology may be coming from Van Jones
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Meg Whitman Blasts Van Jones
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poizner camp: Whitman, Jones in ‘love’
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Daily Kos
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
School speech backlash builds  —  School districts from Maryland to Texas are fielding angry complaints from parents opposed to President Barack Obama's back-to-school address Tuesday - forcing districts to find ways to shield students from the speech as conservative opposition to Obama spills into the nation's classrooms.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S COME TO THIS.... In 1988, then-President Reagan spoke to students nationwide via C-SPAN telecast.  Among other things, he talked about his positions on political issues of the day.  Three years later, then-President Bush addressed school kids in a speech broadcast live to school classrooms nationwide.
New York Times:
Some Parents Oppose Obama Speech to Students
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
US unemployment rate jumps to 26-year high of 9.7%  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to a 26-year high of 9.7% in August as nonfarm payrolls fell by 216,000, the 20th consecutive monthly decline, the Labor Department estimated Friday.
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Unemployment Hits 9.7%, but Job Loss Slows in August
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National Review:
Despite Best Efforts, Rep. Baron Hill Ends Up on YouTube In a Compromising Position  —  Rep. Baron Hill (D., Ind.) cannot possibly be this big a jerk all the time.  At a recent town hall, a young woman raised her hand and identified herself as a journalism student working on a school project …
Discussion: RedState
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   “This Is My Town Hall For You”  —  That's what Rep. Baron Hill …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Let's Get Fundamental  —  If I were magically given an hour to help Barack Obama prepare for his health care speech next week, the first thing I'd do is ask him to read David Goldhill's essay, “How American Health Care Killed My Father,” in the current issue of The Atlantic.
Holly Rosenkrantz / Bloomberg:
Public Option Not Vital to Health Reform, Teamsters' Hoffa Says  —  Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — Teamsters President James Hoffa said dropping the so-called public option wouldn't be a “deal killer” for health-care legislation, signaling a split among leaders of unions that are a core constituency of President Barack Obama.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Firedoglake, RedState and Salon
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gates: AP decision ‘appalling’  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates is objecting “in the strongest terms” to an Associated Press decision to transmit a photograph showing a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life, calling the decision “appalling” and a breach of “common decency.”
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Associated Press:
AP picture shows pain of Afghan war
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New Jersey Online:
GOP gov. candidate Chris Christie not issued traffic ticket after accident that injured motorcyclist in 2002  —  Adding to Chris Christie's campaign trail headaches over his driving record, officials in Elizabeth confirmed tonight the Republican gubernatorial candidate was in a traffic accident …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Divided on Investigating Bush-Era Interrogations  —  Forty-seven percent approve and 49% disapprove  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The American public is evenly divided on the Justice Department's appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
GOP Asks Nets for Response to Obama  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner is asking the broadcast networks to make time for a GOP response to President Obama's Joint Session speech Wednesday night.  —  He points out that Governor Carroll Campbell of South Carolina was given time to respond …
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Can We Have Buckley Back?  —  Over the last few days, Jon Henke has laid out the case for the Right more strongly disavowing outfits like WorldNetDaily that actively peddle Birther nonsense.  To the extent the mainstream Right has weighed in, it has been to urge Jon to ignore WND and move on …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, AmSpecBlog and Reason
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Why ‘GQ’ Doesn't Want Russians To Read Its Story … text sizeAAA  —  For war journalist Scott Anderson, the most confounding part of his recent assignment for GQ magazine to explore the root of terrorist acts in Russia a decade ago wasn't the suggestion of treachery and subterfuge he found.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Taibblog and Gawker
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Ezra Klein's Most Cracked Spin Yet?  —  Delusion Watch: Ezra Klein thinks the good news is that Obama “hasn't given a speech on health-care reform ...” You could have fooled me.  The problem, Klein reports, is that … You mean they weren't attempts to set the agenda?  That explains it! ...
Discussion: QandO
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Resurfacing, a Critic Stirs Up Health Care Debate
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Tom Vander Ark / The Huffington Post:
The role of the private sector in education
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Ben Nelson: Keeping Public Option Will Cause Reform To “Implode”
The Politico:
Petraeus, Scarborough eyed for '12
Jordan Rau / Kaiser Health News:
Health Bills Might Not Protect Some Needy Americans, Experts Say
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New York Post:
GO AHEAD, MAKE MY HIGH HOLIDAY
Discussion: Gawker, Weekly Standard and Gothamist
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Biden fills vacationing Obama's void
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Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: CIA asks Justice to probe leaks of secrets
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