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6:45 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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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 …
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 …
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: Pajamas Media, MyDD and Politics Daily
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!
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Who Cleared Van Jones?
Norm Eisen / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Ethics Update  —  We have previously reported six limited waivers …
Discussion: The Project …
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.
Fox News:
Gates Assails ‘Appalling’ Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine  —  The defense secretary went as far as to ask the AP to reconsider distributing the photo of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has harshly criticized the decision …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gates: AP decision ‘appalling’
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.
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.
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Key House Dem.  Clyburn: ‘half a loaf’ on health care better than nothing  —  WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is pushing a compromise on the most contentious part of President Barack Obama's bid to provide medical benefits to uninsured Americans.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid may compromise on public option  —  SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled he's open to compromising on the government-run insurance option that is roiling the health care debate back in Washington.  —  Speaking to reporters near the home where he grew …
Discussion: Kausfiles
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: ACLU, the talking dog and TalkLeft
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.
Paul Koring / Globe and Mail:
Canada to stage mock Afghan attack in Washington  —  Washington — From Friday's Globe and Mail  —  The Taliban will attack an Afghan village set up in the heart of Washington courtesy of the Canadian Forces, who will send in a medic in a dramatic effort to save a civilian crippled by the explosion.
Discussion: DCist
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Canadians to Stage Fake Attack in Washington
Discussion: Globe and Mail
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 …
Discussion: Conventional Folly and Commentary
Frederick W. Kagan / Wall Street Journal:
A Stable Pakistan Needs a Stable Afghanistan  —  The fight against militant Islam must be pursued on both sides of the border.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Winning the war in Afghanistan—creating a stable and legitimate Afghan state that can control its territory—will be difficult.
Discussion: Commentary and The Moderate Voice
The Huffington Post:
Dems: “Republicans Want To End Medicare” (VIDEO)  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Monday accusing Democrats of looking to gut Medicare.  —  Five days later — on the eve of a three-day weekend — Democrats are hitting back.
Discussion: MyDD, D-Day and TalkLeft
 
 
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Sheryl McCarthy / The Huffington Post:
New York Post Attack On Bill de Blasio Is Bogus
Discussion: Gothamist
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
Imagine a Van Jones in a Republican Administration — By: Peter Kirsanow
Edward Glaeser / The New Republic:
What A City Needs  —  Jacobs had more than her army of activists.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gang of Six healthcare reform negotiations on verge of collapse
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and TPMDC