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9:30 PM ET, September 4, 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!
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.
Kit Bond / United States Senator Kit Bond:
Bond Urges Congressional Hearing on Administration's Mr. Jones  —  Senator Highlights Jones' Repugnant ‘Truther’ Association and Inflammatory Language  —  WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Kit Bond, ranking member of the Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee of the Senate Committee …
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.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
GOP uses Jones to launch czar revolt  —  Republicans who have spent months criticizing the proliferation of “czars” in the Obama White House have finally landed a major punch.  —  Over the past few weeks, White House green jobs czar Van Jones has been accused of being a communist …
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Who Cleared Van Jones?
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Holds Conference Call With Progressives Who Oppose “Trigger”
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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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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.
Associated Press:   AP picture shows pain of Afghan war
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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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.
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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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Do we need a purge? I don't think so
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Zfink / Zachary Fink Blog:
Chris Christie Accident  —  On July 26, 2002 Christie was driving a leased BMW in the city of Elizabeth.  —  He was on his way to a swearing in ceremony for the Union County Prosecutor.  But Christie apparently got a little lost.  When he got to the intersection of Murray street and Clinton …
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.
Edward Glaeser / The New Republic:
What A City Needs  —  Jacobs had more than her army of activists.  She had also an intellectual ballista pointed right at the heart of urban renewal.  In 1961, in the midst of the West Village controversy, Random House published The Death and Life of Great American Cities …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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