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9:20 PM ET, September 7, 2009

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Van Jones Did Not Fill Out WH Questionnaire  —  Van Jones, the Obama green jobs czar who resigned shortly after midnight Sunday, did not fill out the exhaustive questionnaire White House officials required of every Cabinet-level secretary and deputy-secretary position.
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Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
Couric should look in mirror  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  Now that White House “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones has resigned, what's next?  —  Inevitably, the American mainstream media - ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, et al - must be held to account …
John / Power Line:
A Van Jones Postscript  —  The defining accomplishment of Van Jones's life was his founding of the Ella Baker Freedom Center.  While the controversy over his appointment was going on I meant to look into who she was, but didn't get it done.  Ron Radosh, an expert on the hard left of which he was once a member, has the answer:
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Death of the Soviet Union Was Not the Death of Communism — By: Andy McCarthy  —  With due respect, I think Charles Krauthammer had it badly wrong on Van Jones when he said (see post below), “I'm not even disturbed that this guy is a communist.  It is not the first time we had a communist in the U.S. government.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Vetting Jones  —  A White House official told me yesterday that Van Jones “was not as thoroughly vetted as other administration officials,” and specified to the Times that Jones “did not go through the traditional vetting process for administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate.”
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Thank you, Glenn Beck.  By helping force the resignation of Van Jones …
WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama  —  Back to School Event  —  The President: Hello everyone - how's everybody doing today?  I'm here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia.  And we've got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama school speech released; Update: Obama's priority in speech; Update: Reagan got political in his speech  —  Fox News has the big story of the day — the release of the Barack Obama speech to the nation's schoochildren students tomorrow.  As expected, it focuses on achievement and perseverance …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Where's This Going?  —  Am I the only one who thinks that if the Dems pass a bill with mandates and subsidies for poor and moderate income people to purchase it but no public option or competition with the insurers, that it will be pretty much a catastrophe for the Democrats in political terms?
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Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Submits Compromise Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — After months of deliberations, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has distributed a plan to overhaul the health system that would cost less than $900 billion over a decade and expand insurance coverage to tens of millions of Americans.
Discussion: Don Surber, Doug Ross, D-Day and Truthdig
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 …
CNN:
Baucus floats compromise on health care bill
Discussion: Hot Air
Tea Party Express:
Sheriff Reports 10,000 at New Lenox/Joliet Rally  —  Breaking news from New Lenox/Joliet... the sheriff's office is reporting to us that the crowd estimate for the rally here is 10,000+ and they are shutting down a portion of Interstate 80 for traffic control do to the massive influx of people.
Edmund Conway / Telegraph:
Barack Obama accused of making ‘Depression’ mistakes  —  Barack Obama is committing the same mistakes made by policymakers during the Great Depression, according to a new study endorsed by Nobel laureate James Buchanan.  —  His policies even have the potential to consign the US to a similar fate …
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:   Adam Smith would not be optimistic in today's economic world
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Out of Work, and Too Down to Search On  —  “You send out so much, and you don't get responses.  Then when you get called in, you're treated like you're too old.”  RAY RUCKER, a 62-year-old former facilities manager from Overland Park, Kan. More Photos >  —  They were left out of the latest …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and On Deadline
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Unhappy Labor Day  —  Labor Day 2009 is a terrible time to be an American worker.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Boston Globe:
Joseph Kennedy will not run for Senate  —  Joseph P. Kennedy II announced today that he will not seek the Senate seat held by his uncle, a move likely to end the Kennedy family's half century of political dominance in Massachusetts and entice several other candidates to jump into the race.
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
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Associated Press:
Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy Won't Run for Senate
Discussion: The Page
The Note:
Florida GOP Chair on Obama's Speech to Students: “It's a Good Speech, I'll Let My Kids Watch”  —  ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports: The Florida Republican party chairman who last week accused the president of trying to “indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda” …
Discussion: TPMDC
John / Power Line:
Labor Yes, Unions No  —  Both Gallup (via Byron York) and Rasmussen find support for labor unions at a historic low.  This Gallup chart shows the trend:  —  What seems odd about these poll data is their volatility.  Both Gallup and Rasmussen find support for unions down sharply from a year ago.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Labor Day, support for unions plunges to all-time low
 
 
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
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Should Obama go ‘all in’ on Afghanistan?
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NELSON OK WITH TRIGGER, REPUBLICANS AREN'T.... The Democratic senator …
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Jerusalem Post:
Jane Fonda, Danny Glover heat up anti-Israel sentiment around Toronto Film Festival
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 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A More Perfect Death
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Forbes:
Too Many Kooks  —  Obama's school speech drives the right crazy.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
More czars on conservative hit list
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
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Washington Post:
Major U.S. Role in Mortgages Shaping Entire Market
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