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10:45 PM ET, September 5, 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.
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Daily Pundit
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 …
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.
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” …
Discussion: Ztower and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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 …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Warning: The Deficits Are Coming!  —  The former head of the Government Accountability Office is on a crusade to alert taxpayers to their true obligations.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Washington, D.C.  —  David Walker sounds like a modern-day Paul Revere as he warns about the country's perilous future.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Wizbang
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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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.
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WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Announces New Initiatives for Retirement Savings
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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New Exotic Investments Emerging on Wall Street
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Laura Rozen / The Politico:
US Embassy memo: ‘Afghan First’
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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