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12:35 PM ET, September 5, 2009

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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 …
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Gateway Pundit:
Sing It... Van Jones Cut Nasty Hate-Filled Music Album, Too!  (Video) ...Update: Album Cover Found!  —  VAN JONES CUT A CD...  The CD starred Van Jones and cop killer Mumia abu-Jamal.  —  UPDATE: Kristinn found the album (CD) cover:  —  Jones used his Ella Baker Center for Human Rights …
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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Who Cleared Van Jones?  —  Bob Beckel said on Fox this morning that Obama White House green jobs czar Van Jones will be canned by Tuesday.  Beckel reasoned that Jones's background is simply indefensible for a White house appointment, and wondered if the FBI screwed up because they must not have uncovered this in the vetting process.
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Swamp and The Politico
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.
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
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
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: Washington Monthly, MyDD, D-Day and TalkLeft
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 …
David Lat / Above the Law:
Reminder: DOJ Honors Program Applications Are Almost Due  —  This morning, we reminded you about judicial clerkships as one career option to explore.  Now we'd like to remind you of another: the Attorney General's Honors Program, at the U.S. Department of Justice.  The application deadline is this coming Tuesday, September 8.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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.
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
 
 
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