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1:40 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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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?
Norm Eisen / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Ethics Update  —  We have previously reported six limited waivers …
Discussion: The Project …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Protester to Mark Warner: Which part of the Constitution says you get to take over health care?  —  Via CNS.  We've been down this road before but it's one thing to kick around arguments in the comments and another to watch a U.S. Senator be put on the spot.
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.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Teenage Jobless Rate Reaches Record High  —  Pity the unemployed, but pity especially the young and unemployed.  —  This August, the teenage unemployment rate — that is, the percentage of teenagers who wanted a job who could not find one — was 25.5 percent, its highest level since …
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Key House Dem.  Clyburn: ‘half a loaf’ on health care better than nothing  —  WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is pushing a compromise on the most contentious part of President Barack Obama's bid to provide medical benefits to uninsured Americans.
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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, TalkLeft and the talking dog
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
 
 
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David Lat / Above the Law:
Reminder: DOJ Honors Program Applications Are Almost Due
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Sheryl McCarthy / The Huffington Post:
New York Post Attack On Bill de Blasio Is Bogus
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Removes Almost All Restrictions on Family Visits to Cuba
Discussion: The Washington Note
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid may compromise on public option
Discussion: Kausfiles
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
Imagine a Van Jones in a Republican Administration — By: Peter Kirsanow
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Soured deal with Gov. Ritter forces Romanoff's hand
Paul Koring / Globe and Mail:
Canada to stage mock Afghan attack in Washington
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What A City Needs  —  Jacobs had more than her army of activists.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 

 
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