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4:35 PM ET, September 5, 2009

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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.
Discussion: Founding Bloggers
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Senator Sherrod Brown paints Constituents who oppose ObamaCare as Unpatriotic, Rude, Nasty, and Hints at Immoral  —  Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio.  September 1, 2009  —  Bottom line for Ohioans.  If you don't support ObamaCare, you're unpatriotic, rude, nasty, and perhaps immoral.
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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 …
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
Associated Press:
Appeals Court Rules Against Ashcroft in 9 / 11 Case  —  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a stinging rebuke Friday to the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 detention policies, ruling that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held liable for people …
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Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Ashcroft can be sued over arrests, appeals court rules
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Panel Rules Against Ashcroft in Detention Case
Discussion: TalkLeft and the talking dog
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.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Clinton's '94 Health Plan Defeat Sways Obama's Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — Before Congress's August break, the chief aides to Senate Democrats met in a nondescript Senate conference room with three former advisers to President Bill Clinton.  The topic: lessons learned the last time a Democratic president tried …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama Asks Liberals How Far They're Willing to Compromise on Public Option  —  A variety of reports suggest that, during a conference call this afternoon, President Obama probed House progressives to see just how flexible their demands are.  —  A source familiar with the call tells TPM …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Gates Assails News Agency for Publishing Photo of Marine Killed in Afghanistan  —  A furious Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has upbraided The Associated Press for its decision to go against the wishes of a young Marine's family and publish a photograph of him after he was killed in Afghanistan.
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
States Cut Back and Layoffs Hit Even Recipients of Stimulus Aid  —  ST. CLOUD, Minn. — It was just five months ago that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made the New Flyer bus factory here a symbol of the stimulus.  With several cabinet secretaries in tow, he held a town-hall-style meeting at the factory …
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan Is Not 'Obama's War'
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