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4:10 AM ET, September 7, 2009

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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Van Jones: A Moment of Truth For Liberal Institutions in the Veal Pen  —  I first met Van Jones when he was honored last year by the Campaign for America's Future at their gala dinner.  He was being swarmed by all of the liberal institutional elite, who just could not be more full of praise …
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Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Send Me Everything You Can Find About Glenn Beck  —  I don't know why I've got this phrasing in my head, but: Find everything you can about Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes.  —  No, even now, I refuse to go all caps.  —  No, sending me links to the last two Countdowns …
Carl Pope / The Huffington Post:
We All Blew It  —  On Thursday evening, I got worried.  Friday I put in a call to ask Van Jones how to help.  Saturday I started writing a blog post, which would have appeared this morning.  (I've attached it below because it goes into more detail on the history of the “Bush as addict” meme.)
Jackturner / Jack & Jill Politics:
When Will This White House Learn You Cannot Negotiate With Terrorists?  —  I spent the past several months away from politics.  It was an involuntary hiatus made necessary by personal and professional commitments that demanded my utmost attention.  When I left, we had a stimulus bill in place …
Glenn Beck:
Glenn Beck statement on resignation of Van Jones  —  The American people stood up and demanded answers.  Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness.  I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change …
Fox News:   Jones' Resignation Could Embolden Administration Critics
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Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
“Capitalism is evil,” says new Michael Moore film  —  VENICE (Reuters) - Capitalism is evil.  That is the conclusion U.S. documentary maker Michael Moore comes to in his latest movie “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which premieres at the Venice film festival Sunday.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
New Fee on Health Insurance Companies Is Proposed to Help Expand Coverage  —  WASHINGTON — In a last effort to give the Senate a bipartisan health care bill, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee circulated a comprehensive proposal on Sunday to overhaul the health care system and proposed …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Obsidian Wings and MyDD
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HE MAY BE THE PRESIDENT, BUT IT'S NOT ENTIRELY HIS CALL.... The NYT has an editorial today on President Obama's upcoming speech on health care to a joint session of Congress.  The Times urges the White House not to “yield on core elements of reform.”  —  There's been quite a bit of similar talk of late …
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New York Times:
President Obama's Health Choices
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China alarmed by US money printing  —  The US Federal Reserve's policy of printing money to buy Treasury debt threatens to set off a serious decline of the dollar and compel China to redesign its foreign reserve policy, according to a top member of the Communist hierarchy.
Barry Rubin / Jerusalem Post:
The Region: America's obsession with dialogue  —  On August 26, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly was asked what the US thought about the dispute between Iraq and Syria.  His answer shockingly recalls the last time a US government made that mistake.  —  First, some background.
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Despite Slump, U.S. Role as Top Arms Supplier Grows  —  WASHINGTON — Despite a recession that knocked down global arms sales last year, the United States expanded its role as the world's leading weapons supplier, increasing its share to more than two-thirds of all foreign armaments deals, according to a new Congressional study.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘We tried to kill Carter and Blair’  —  Article's topics: Hamas, Gaza Strip, Al-qaida, Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair  —  The leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip revealed on Sunday that his men recently tried to assassinate former US president Jimmy Carter and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and A Blog For All
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
New Afghan war: Frontline correspondent says fight has morphed - but we still can't afford to lose  —  This story was published in the New York Daily News on 6 September 2009.  —  Helmand, Afghanistan - The West is losing this war.  This has been obvious for more than three years.
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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Surge in Homeless Pupils Strains Schools  —  ASHEVILLE, N.C. — In the small trailer her family rented over the summer, 9-year-old Charity Crowell picked out the green and purple outfit she would wear on the first day of school.  She vowed to try harder and bring her grades back up from the C's …
John / Power Line:
Journalists At Work  —  Over at The Corner, they're having fun at the expense of the New York Times.  The Times did a story on Thursday about parents' opposition to President Obama's speech to schoolchildren.  The Times blamed the usual suspects: … Exhibit A was Mark Steyn:
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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
It'll be in Bartlett's by next week — By: Mark Steyn
Discussion: Tim Blair and QandO
 
 
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Tom Walsh / Detroit Free Press:
Blue Cross hits customers with 22% rate hike
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Guardian:
PM faces motion to pull out troops
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Teams Seeking Remains Dig Back to World War II
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Poll shows surge of support for Israel in US
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
They Left Fannie Mae, but We Got the Legal Bills
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Fox News:
GOP Senator Likens Partisan Health Bill to War Without Congressional Approval