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5:55 PM ET, September 4, 2009

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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.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The Van Jones (non) feeding frenzy  —  From a Nexis search a few moments ago: Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the New York Times: 0.  Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the Washington Post: 0.  Total words about the Van Jones controversy on NBC Nightly News: 0.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House stands by ‘truther’ Van Jones  —  The White House would not say whether the White House's green jobs czar, who has been linked to Sept. 11 conspiracy theorists, continues to enjoy the confidence of the president, but an official said he is still a part of the administration.
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Stuck in the middle with you: As President Obama prepares to deliver his primetime health-care speech on Wednesday, he's finding himself boxed in from the left and right — of his own party.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Van Jones, Gone in 60 Seconds?
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Flopping Aces
Political Punch:
Controversial Obama Administration Official Denies Being Part of 9/11 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poizner camp: Whitman, Jones in ‘love’
Fox News:
Republican Congressman Calls on Jones to Resign
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press is distributing a photo of a Marine fatally wounded in battle, choosing after a period of reflection to make public an image that conveys the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it.
CNN:
Sources: White House drafting health care bill  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — CNN has learned that the White House is quietly working to draft health care legislation after allowing Congress to work on its own for months.  —  Multiple sources close to the process tell CNN that while the plan is uncertain …
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Dusty Trice:
Franken Talks Down Angry Mob!!!  —  I got to witness something really special the other day.  About a dozen tea party activists had staked out Sen. Al Franken's booth at the Minnesota State Fair and confronted him loudly when he arrived.  But within minutes, he'd turned an unruly crowd into a productive conversation on health care.
Discussion: Wonkette and BuzzFlash.org
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Pawlenty sides with critics  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty today gave his support to parents and schools wary about showing President Obama's televised back-to-school address in classrooms next week.  —  Pawlenty said that showing the address, slated to be telecast at 11 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs slams opposition to school speech
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ben Nelson Threatens to Blow Up Health Reform
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Bachmann: Dems Want To Sabotage Me Because I Might Become President  —  On Mike Gallagher's radio program yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) offered a novel theory as to why Democrats want her out of office: They don't want her to become the first woman president.
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?
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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: Don Surber
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
“This Is My Town Hall For You”  —  That's what Rep. Baron Hill …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
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.
Nick Chambers / Reuters:
Audi Chief Calls Chevy Volt “A Car For Idiots”  —  Bring on the war of words.  In a frank conversation with MSN writer Lawrence Ulrich, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has said that the Chevy Volt will fail and that anybody who buys the car is an idiot.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People's Organs Without Explicit Consent  —  (CNSNews.com) - Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Drift  —  Charlie Cook is out with another ominous political analysis/forecast for the Democrats, particularly when it comes to continued Democratic control of the House.  The key issue for Cook is Obama's dramatic decline in support among political independents over the course of the summer.
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Reset in State Government  —  My fellow governors and I are likely facing a permanent reduction in tax revenues.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  State government finances are a wreck.  The drop in tax receipts is the worst in a half century.  Fewer than 10 states ended …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Could Texas' Gingrich-Based High School History Curriculum Go National?  —  While Republicans are busy gnashing their teeth over President Obama's imminent indoctrination of the nation's schoolchildren, there's an education story bubbling up in Texas that could have considerably more far-reaching consequences.
Tyler Grimm / Press Association:
John Murtha's Airport for No One  —  If you hate the hubbub of crowded airports, you might want to consider flying out of Johnstown, Pa. The airport sees an average of fewer than 30 people per day, there is never a wait for security, you can park for free right outside the gate …
 
 
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GottaLaff / The Political Carnival:
VIDEO- John Harwood slams “indoctrination-ers”: “You're stupid”
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Holds Conference Call With Progressives Who Oppose “Trigger”
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gang of Six healthcare reform negotiations on verge of collapse
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Innocent Bystanders:
August Unemployment Data
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