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10:25 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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi leans on Obama
Discussion: Roll Call, RedState and msnbc.com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
When Bush spoke to students, Democrats investigated, held hearings  —  The controversy over President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren will likely be over shortly after Obama speaks today at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia.  But when President George H.W. Bush delivered …
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John / Power Line:   No Investigation This Time  —  When President Obama's speech …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama school speech released; Update: Obama's priority in speech …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Reversal of Supreme Court Precedents at Issue  —  Campaign Case Touches on Justices' Stance on Earlier Rulings  —  The Supreme Court's unusual hearing Wednesday on the role corporations can play in influencing elections carries the potential not only for rewriting the nation's campaign finance laws …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and MyDD
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Theodore B. Olson / Wall Street Journal:
The Chance for a Free Speech Do-Over
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Oyez! Oyez! Court set for Sotomayor ceremony
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Still Sharply Divided on Healthcare Reform  —  Opponents more likely than supporters to base their 2010 vote on the issue  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The American people are no less divided on healthcare reform today than they were a month ago.  A new Gallup Poll finds 39% of Americans saying …
Nissan Ratzlav-Katz / Arutz Sheva:
Al-Qaeda Targeting Germany for ‘Next 9/11’ - Within Weeks  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  (IsraelNN.com) Jihadists close to al-Qaeda explicitly warned in new communications that Germany will be the target of the next 9/11-scale terrorist attack.  The timing of the strike, they say, will be within the next few weeks.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
The Politico:
Whiteboard Archives  —  T-MINUS 36 HOURS: Draft 1 of Wednesday night's joint session address circulated among a tiny handful of West Wing aides over the holiday weekend.  The text is now in the president's hands, and he is personally reshaping it.  “As we like to say around here …
Discussion: The Page
CNN:
Laura Bush praises Obama, bemoans excessive partisanship  —  PARIS, France (CNN) — Former first lady Laura Bush praised the performance of her husband's successor Monday, breaking with many Republicans in telling CNN that she thinks President Obama is doing a good job under tough circumstances.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Page
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.
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
What President Jimmy Carter Missed in His Op-Ed on the Middle East  —  In an op-ed on Sunday ["The Elders' View of the Middle East"], former president Jimmy Carter, speaking on behalf of a self-appointed group of “Elders,” described a rapacious Israel facing long-suffering, blameless Palestinians …
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 …
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Fox News:
Defying Critics, Obama Names Another Czar After Resignation of Environmental Adviser
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
 
 
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
All Signs Point to Another Top-Notch Election Cycle in 2010
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and msnbc.com
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama's mother to be focus of documentary
John Steele Gordon / AMERICAN.COM:
Debt Be Not Proud: The Sorry Tale of America's Out-of-control Spending
Discussion: Cold Fury
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Airline terror trial: The bomb plot to kill 10000 people
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
For Obama, A Pivotal Moment in Afghanistan
 Earlier Items: 
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
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
France Mulls CO2 Taxes on Citizens
Discussion: QandO