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1:15 AM ET, September 6, 2009

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Scott / Power Line:
Van Jones's first take on 9/11  —  When Obama administration green jobs commissar Van Jones signed on to the Truther statement in 2004, he was concerned that 9/11 might have been an inside job perpetrated by the Bush administration.  In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, on September 13, 2001, however, Jones had a different explanation.
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John / Power Line:
Lights Out for Van Jones  —  This has to be the last straw: Verum Serum has found that in addition to has other unsavory activities, Van Jones has a past as a record producer.  That's right; his “civil rights” group, the Ella Baker Center, produced a handful of CDs between 2002 and 2006.
Washington Post:
Van Jones Resigns  —  Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, resigned Saturday, following weeks of pressure from the right and a flurry of revelations about his past statements.  —  “I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality …
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 …
Anne Bayefsky / National Review:
Obama's UN Gambit: King of the Universe and the Polls  —  Looking for a quick and easy boost in the polls, President Obama has decided to go to the one place where merit bears no relationship to adulation: the United Nations.  On September 24, the president will take the unprecedented step …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi loath to drop hammer on Rangel  —  Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing a growing chorus of calls to drop the hammer on ethics-challenged Charlie Rangel?  —  Because, at the moment, doing nothing creates a lot less trouble for Pelosi than doing anything, current and former House aides tell POLITICO.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Against Medicare  —  I knew that despite their recent posturing as the Party of Medicare, most Republicans actually hate Medicare.  But I hadn't realized they'd gone on record with this so recently: … Of course to pile ironies onto ironies, providing subsidies to help people enroll in …
Jenny Anderson / New York Times:
New Exotic Investments Emerging on Wall Street  —  After the mortgage business imploded last year, Wall Street investment banks began searching for another big idea to make money.  They think they may have found one.  —  The bankers plan to buy “life settlements,” life insurance policies …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama theme: incompetence?  —  Mark Tapscott picks up the thread of yesterday's Obamateurism and follows it back through the first seven months of the Barack Obama presidency.  The failure to check with school districts on start dates before scheduling a national address to “schoochildren” …
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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Spending on Lobbying Drops in a Down Economy  —  In a year when Washington's influence industry should be thriving, with epic battles over health-care and energy legislation, lobbying in many sectors is in marked decline as defense contractors, real estate firms and other companies pull back in a down economy.
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
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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WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Announces New Initiatives for Retirement Savings  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Barack Obama will announce new steps to make it easier for American families to save for retirement.  These new initiatives will complement …
Discussion: New York Times
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Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
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Timothy Williams / New York Times:
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Warning: The Deficits Are Coming!
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Palin resignation costs Alaska at least $40,000
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Obama's back-to-school message is responsibility
Discussion: PoliBlog, The Hill and The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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