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5:50 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: theblogprof and Founding Bloggers
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hourglass1941:
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.
The Politico:
What Obama will say in his address  —  President Barack Obama plans to reach out to Republicans and reassure — rather than confront — his liberal supporters when he addresses an extraordinary joint session of Congress at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.  —  But he will warn lawmakers against seeking …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Protecting The Coattails … Who knows if this is true,there's so much garbage flying around.  But if it is, the only reason to do it is to attach Obama's name to the proposals so he can more easily personally strong arm the progressive Democrats into “supporting their president.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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
Jules Crittenden:
Professional Issues  —  AP's dead Marine photo violates its own embed agreement and the wishes of a dead Marine's family.  Gates objects.  NYT.  —  The journal entries of AP Photog Julie Jacobson regarding the incident in which Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard was killed are compelling reading. via Miami Herald.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Gates Assails News Agency for Publishing Photo of Marine Killed in Afghanistan
Discussion: TPMCafe and Media Decoder
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
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.
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
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
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
US Embassy memo: ‘Afghan First’  —  U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, retired Gen. Karl Eikenberry, has distributed an unclassified memo to U.S. diplomatic and foreign assistance personnel, obtained by POLITICO, which calls for the “Afghanization” of foreign assistance to that country.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Scott Maxwell / Orlando Sentinel:
State GOP chief Jim Greer rips Obama — but pushes Republican views at schools  —  TAKING NAMES  —  There once was a political operative who loved to tell crowds he had a simple way of explaining to children the difference between Republicans and Democrats.  —  “Republicans get up and go to work,” he would tell his son.
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
Calls to boycott Obama's speech to kids offer a disturbing lesson in paranoia  —  Those who are whipping up hysteria over the president's address are playing a dangerous game with an unhinged segment of public opinion.  —  While it long ago crossed the borders of reason and civility …
 
 
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