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8:35 AM ET, September 8, 2009


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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Thank you, Glenn Beck.  By helping force the resignation of Van Jones, you have done a great service to your country.  But in the exact opposite way than what you intended.  —  Your vile and vicious smear campaign has helped reverse one of the worst examples of miscasting since John Wayne took …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Left  —  The lesson of the rise and fall of Van Jones.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The abrupt resignation of White House aide Van Jones, deep in the news hiatus of Labor Day weekend, will probably be forgotten in a few days.  But it's a story that still deserves elaboration …
Discussion: Commentary and Taylor Marsh
Row 2, Seat 4:
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why did the press ignore the Van Jones scandal?  —  On March 13, 2008, ABC News broke the story that Barack Obama's longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had made a number of incendiary statements from the pulpit of Obama's church in Chicago.  The most inflammatory of those remarks was Wright's notorious “God damn America” sermon.
Discussion: Discriminations 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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Many presidents spoke in schools
New York Times:
As Obama Speech Nears, Details on a Compromise  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama and top advisers drafted his eagerly awaited health care speech to Congress, new details emerged Monday about fees and coverage limits under a proposal being floated by the chairman of a crucial Senate committee.
Just A Grunt / JammieWearingFool:
Who Is Ron Bloom?  —  A lot of attention is being brought to bear on all of these so-called czars that Obama is now making an integral part of his administration.  It is a tactic that has proven to be effective since these appointments avoid scrutiny from congress, like they really scrutinize anybody …
Washington Post:
Deeply Divided House Democrats Return to Work — and the Same Set of Problems  —  After a nearly 40-day recess that was anything but restful, House Democrats are returning to work Tuesday still unsettled over pending health-care legislation and sure only that the people have had their say.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Commentary
The Hill:
Already, 23 Dems have said they will vote ‘no’ on healthcare reform  —  At least 23 House Democrats already have told constituents or hometown media that they oppose the massive healthcare overhaul touted by President Barack Obama.  —  If Republicans offer the blanket opposition they've promised …
Discussion: Don Surber
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
As ‘Rescissions’ Spawn Outrage, Health Insurers Cite Fraud Control  —  Firms Defend ‘Rescissions’ as Fraud Control  —  LOS ANGELES — The untimely disappearance of Sally Marrari's medical coverage goes a long way toward explaining why insurance companies are cast as the villain in the health-care reform drama.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Ourcountryjoe / Tea Party Express:
Sheriff Reports 10,000 at New Lenox/Joliet, IL Rally  —  Breaking news from New Lenox/Joliet, IL... 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.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Barney Frank wants Cabinet post  —  Rep. Barney Frank is interested in capping his political career as a member of the president's Cabinet, according to a new biography of the Financial Services Committee chairman.  —  Frank (D-Mass.) told author Stuart Weisberg that he would like to be Housing and Urban Development secretary.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Weasel Zippers
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, Ztower and AMERICAblog News
Associated Press:   Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy Won't Run for Senate
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Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
What President Jimmy Carter Missed in His Op-Ed on the Middle East
Discussion: Commentary and Jihad Watch
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Airline terror trial: The bomb plot to kill 10000 people
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
For Obama, A Pivotal Moment in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Crux of Afghan Debate: Will More Troops Curb Terror?
Discussion: At War
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Reversal of Supreme Court Precedents at Issue
Discussion: MyDD
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Bush White House Sought to Soften Treaty on ÂÂ'Enforced Disappearances'
Discussion: At-Largely
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
On Jews and liberals
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
France Mulls CO2 Taxes on Citizens
Discussion: QandO
Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
Obama's in the ER but he'll get his reforms
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama fires up labor allies in health fight
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
D. Brad Wright / The Huffington Post:
Why Poor Women With Breast Cancer Should Move to Canada
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A More Perfect Death
Discussion: Daily Kos, Sadly, No! and TBogg
Too Many Kooks  —  Obama's school speech drives the right crazy.
Discussion: TBogg and Michelle Malkin