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4:45 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.
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.
Discussion: RedState and alicublog
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:
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Van Jones: Does the NYT Know What a Truther Is?  —  Amazingly, many New York Times print readers still don't know why Van Jones resigned!  Here's how the paper's John Broder describes his situation: … Reading that, would you realize the petition was a Truther petition?
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama is fast losing white voters' support  —  His approval ratings with the crucial bloc have plunged since April.  Strategists say the healthcare debate is largely to blame, but that's not the only reason.  —  Reporting from Washington - After a summer of healthcare battles …
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
Couric should look in mirror
The Politico:
Beck up, left let down  —  The resignation early Sunday of … 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.
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 …
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?
Senator's health care plan skips public option  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A proposed health care bill by the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee does not include a government-run insurance plan, a source close to the discussions said Monday.  —  Although the proposal …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:   Adam Smith would not be optimistic in today's economic world
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama fires up labor in healthcare fight  —  President Barack Obama dusted off his most famous campaign speech Monday to get the labor union crowd “fired up and ready to go” in helping him pass healthcare reform.  —  Obama, addressing the AFL-CIO's annual Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati …
Discussion: The Politico
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Health proponents keep enemies close
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
Obama's in the ER but he'll get his reforms
Associated Press:
Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy Won't Run for Senate  —  BOSTON (AP) — Former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, the eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, announced Monday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by his late uncle, Edward M. Kennedy.
Discussion: The Page
Boston Globe:
Joseph Kennedy will not run for Senate
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Labor Day, support for unions plunges to all-time low
Gateway Pundit:
To Michael Moore “Capitalism Is Evil” Except For Its Perks
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Althouse
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.
Too Many Kooks  —  Obama's school speech drives the right crazy.  —  The Silly Season ceases to be “silly” when what passes for political debate in America turns not merely stupid or witless, but certifiably demented.  —  I write of the kooky reaction of many conservatives—politicians …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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: On Deadline
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Florida GOP Chair on Obama's Speech to Students: “It's a Good Speech …
Discussion: TPMDC
D. Brad Wright / The Huffington Post:
Why Poor Women With Breast Cancer Should Move to Canada
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
Should Obama go ‘all in’ on Afghanistan?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: TalkLeft, TPMDC, The Page and The Hill
Jerusalem Post:
Jane Fonda, Danny Glover heat up anti-Israel sentiment around Toronto Film Festival
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A More Perfect Death
Discussion: Sadly, No!, Daily Kos and TBogg
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
More czars on conservative hit list
NY Daily News:
Lupica: Obama not out to brainwash schoolkids
Discussion: Althouse and JammieWearingFool
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Rifqa Bary Facebook Fatwa: “We Need to Kill Her”
Washington Post:
Major U.S. Role in Mortgages Shaping Entire Market
Discussion: A Blog For All and EconLog