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10:30 AM 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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The Van Jones (non) feeding frenzy  —  From a Nexis search a few moments ago: Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the New York Times: 0.  Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the Washington Post: 0.  Total words about the Van Jones controversy on NBC Nightly News: 0.
Gateway Pundit:
Sing It... Van Jones Cut Nasty Hate-Filled Music Album, Too!  (Video)  —  Unbelievable!  —  Barack Obama's wacky communist-Truther Green Czar who hated Bush, whitey and capitalism also spent some time in the music studio.  While he was director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Van Jones cut …
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 …
Norm Eisen / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Ethics Update  —  We have previously reported six limited waivers …
Discussion: The Project …
CNN:
Sources: White House drafting health care bill  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — CNN has learned that the White House is quietly working to draft health care legislation after allowing Congress to work on its own for months.  —  Multiple sources close to the process tell CNN that while the plan is uncertain …
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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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, MyDD and Politics Daily
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.
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: The Swamp and The Politico
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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Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Rare AP Photo Captures U.S. Death in Afghanistan  —  Going back to 2002, I have been writing about the shameful reluctance, even refusal, of U.S. media outlets to carry truly graphic images of the true cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — dead or even, in many cases, gravely wounded U.S. soldiers and Marines.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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: Conventional Folly and Commentary
 
 
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Sheryl McCarthy / The Huffington Post:
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Peter Kirsanow / The Corner on National Review Online:
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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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