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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 …
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Van Jones: A Radical, Anti-War Record Producer as Well?  —  Van Jones, the White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs, has come under withering fire this week from conservatives for past controversial statements and positions that are too numerous to detail at this point.
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 …
Norm Eisen / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Ethics Update  —  We have previously reported six limited waivers …
Discussion: The Project …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The ESPN Zone of Empires  —  ESPN Zone New York (cc photo by bigweasel)  —  Afghanistan is often called the “Graveyard of Empires,” but I think the phrase is pretty misleading.  It seems to imply that empires that venture in Afghanistan get defeated and die.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama looking for retirement plan reforms  —  Among the changes are expanded access to 401k plans and a pledge to let workers convert vacation days into retirement savings.  —  President Barack Obama announced a series of policy changes Saturday aimed at making it easier for Americans to save money for retirement.
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Obama's back-to-school message is responsibility  —  WASHINGTON — Classrooms are filling up as kids head back to school, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan's two children are among them.  —  In an interview with The Associated Press, Duncan said students should take more responsibility …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Three Ohio Democrats asked about paying for Obamacare, all walk away  —  Just in time for Labor Day weekend we bring you this blockbuster video taken by Jawa operative “hourglass” Wednesday evening at an Obamacare rally at the Ohio Expo Center featuring hundreds of Democratic party operatives and union mafia goons.
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 …
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
The right way to debate healthcare reform  —  If you have 10 minutes on the eve of the three-day weekend, you really should take the time to watch the video below.  It shows Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., talking with a group of his constituents who oppose the Democratic healthcare reform plans.
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.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Teenage Jobless Rate Reaches Record High  —  Pity the unemployed, but pity especially the young and unemployed.  —  This August, the teenage unemployment rate — that is, the percentage of teenagers who wanted a job who could not find one — was 25.5 percent, its highest level since …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Commentary
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