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12:45 AM ET, September 5, 2009

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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.
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Van Jones, Gone in 60 Seconds?  —  kf hears today is the day the MSM (not just Tapper) officially turns on Van Jones, the White House “green jobs” adviser who signed a 2004 Truther petition.  ‘Gone by midnight’ is the prediction.  He's on the Liverpool Care Pathway!
Washington Post:
White House Says Little About Embattled Jones  —  White House officials offered tepid support Friday for Van Jones, the administration's embattled energy efficiency guru, who has issued two public apologies this week, one for signing a petition that questioned whether Bush administration officials …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Who Cleared Van Jones?
Discussion: Hot Air and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
Imagine a Van Jones in a Republican Administration — By: Peter Kirsanow
Discussion: Booker Rising
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gang of Six healthcare reform negotiations on verge of collapse
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and TPMDC
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Rare AP Photo Captures U.S. Death in Afghanistan  —  Going back to 2002, I have been writing about the shameful reluctance, even refusal, of U.S. media outlets to carry truly graphic images of the true cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — dead or even, in many cases, gravely wounded U.S. soldiers and Marines.
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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.”
Fox News:
Gates Assails ‘Appalling’ Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine
Ezra Klein:
The Money Problem  —  The loudest problem in health-care reform is the public plan.  But the biggest problem is finding the money to fund any plan.  The House bills didn't solve the problem, as deficits explode after the first 10 years.  The number $700 billion (over 10 years) …
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Ezra Klein:
What If They Had a Health-Care Reform Bill and Nobody Could Support it?  —  I'm firmly on the record as being willing to support all manner of compromises on health-care reform.  Policy dogmatism has not, over the long history of this issue, proven a successful strategy.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Megan McArdle and TalkLeft
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Protester to Mark Warner: Which part of the Constitution says you get to take over health care?  —  Via CNS.  We've been down this road before but it's one thing to kick around arguments in the comments and another to watch a U.S. Senator be put on the spot.
Richard B. Rafal / Wall Street Journal:
A Doctor's Plan for Legal Industry Reform  —  My modest proposal to rearrange how lawyers do business.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Since we are moving toward socialism with ObamaCare, the time has come to do the same with other professions—especially lawyers.
Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan Is Not 'Obama's War'  —  Republicans should never do to President Obama what many Democrats did to President Bush.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In his column for the Washington Post on Tuesday, the influential conservative George Will provided intellectual fodder …
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 …
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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.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Panel Rules Against Ashcroft in Detention Case  —  Former attorney general John Ashcroft may face personal liability for the decisions that led to the detention of an American citizen as a material witness after the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal appeals court panel ruled on Friday.
Discussion: TalkLeft and the talking dog
Bloomberg:
Obama May Need Sense of Crisis to Revive Health-Care Overhaul  —  Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama returns to Washington next week in search of one thing that can revive his health-care overhaul: a sense of crisis.  —  Facing polls showing a drop in his approval …
Discussion: MyDD, Pajamas Media and Politics Daily
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.
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.
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” …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Dems: “Republicans Want To End Medicare” (VIDEO)
Discussion: TalkLeft, MyDD and D-Day
Sheryl McCarthy / The Huffington Post:
New York Post Attack On Bill de Blasio Is Bogus
Discussion: Booker Rising
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid may compromise on public option
Michael Riley / Denver Post:
Soured deal with Gov. Ritter forces Romanoff's hand
Paul Koring / Globe and Mail:
Canada to stage mock Afghan attack in Washington
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Edward Glaeser / The New Republic:
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Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Adolf Hitler sex video condemned by Aids charities
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Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Reset in State Government
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Drift  —  Charlie Cook is out with another ominous political …
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