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10:55 AM ET, September 6, 2009

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Washington Post:
White House Adviser Van Jones Resigns Amid Controversy Over Past Activism  —  White House environmental adviser Van Jones resigned Saturday after weeks of controversy stemming from his past activism.  —  “On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform …
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Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
White House Adviser on ‘Green Jobs’ Resigns  —  In a victory for Republicans and the Obama administration's conservative critics, Van Jones resigned as the White House's environmental jobs “czar” on Saturday.  —  Controversy over Mr. Jones's past comments and affiliations has slowly escalated …
Will Lester / Associated Press:
Obama ‘green jobs’ adviser quits amid controversy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's adviser Van Jones has resigned amid controversy over past inflammatory statements, the White House said early Sunday.  —  Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly …
Fox News:
Obama ‘Green Jobs’ Adviser Van Jones Resigns Amid Controversy  —  Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly “green jobs,” has been linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the Sept. 11 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.
Think Progress:
Van Jones Resigns  —  The AP reports that after weeks of constant attacks by the right wing, Van Jones has resigned as Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the Council on Environmental Quality.  Below is the letter he sent to chair Nancy Sutley: … On July 23rd, Glenn Beck began his crusade …
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.
NBC Washington:
Obama Aide Van Jones Resigns After GOP Attacks  —  President Obama's environmental adviser Van Jones resigned from his post late Saturday evening after he came under fire for a series of inflammatory statements he made about Republicans, the White House said early Sunday morning.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:   Van Jones Resigns; Who Will They Go After Next?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's green jobs czar Van Jones quits under fire
Discussion: NO QUARTER and RBO
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
The Change Agenda At a Crossroads
Discussion: Commentary and American Power
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.
Jenny Anderson / New York Times:
Wall Street Pursues Profit in Bundles of Life Insurance  —  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,” …
Rasmussen Reports:
Does Obama Face a 2012 Challenge In His Own Party?  —  Leading liberals are already thinking the unthinkable: Challenging President Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2012.  —  According to a report on the left-leaning Huffington Post website, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and Eugene Robinson …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Afghanistan Abyss  —  President Obama has already dispatched an additional 21,000 American troops to Afghanistan and soon will decide whether to send thousands more.  That would be a fateful decision for his presidency, and a group of former intelligence officials and other experts …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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Laura Rozen / The Politico:
US Embassy memo: ‘Afghan First’
Discussion: Open Left and Newshoggers.com
 
 
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