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5:40 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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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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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:
Source: 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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Health proponents keep enemies close
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama fires up labor in healthcare fight
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Submits Compromise Health Plan
Discussion: Truthdig
Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
Obama's in the ER but he'll get his reforms
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
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
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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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.
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
Forbes:
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
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.
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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The Note:
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?
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NELSON OK WITH TRIGGER, REPUBLICANS AREN'T.... The Democratic senator …
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: JammieWearingFool and Althouse
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