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11:40 AM ET, September 8, 2009


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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 …
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.
Roll Call:
Key Liberals Willing to Bargain  —  Some Progressives Avoiding Line-in-Sand Stance  —  Amid fresh signs that the White House is preparing to back a scaled-down health care overhaul that would only include a public insurance option as a fallback plan, several House liberals told Roll Call …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi leans on Obama  —  President Barack Obama's relationship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, strained by differences over healthcare, will be tested by their talks on Tuesday in advance of his Wednesday night speech to a joint session of Congress.  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said repeatedly …
Discussion: RedState and
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Blue Dog Ross will oppose any bill with public option
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Primary sources: U.S. government document lays out Afghanistan strategy  —  What's the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan?  This sensitive but unclassified document, “United States government integrated civilian-military campaign plan for support to Afghanistan,” dated August 10 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:   For Obama, A Pivotal Moment in Afghanistan
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.
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: Law Blog, Outside The Beltway and MyDD
Michelle Malkin:
Out: Commie Truther green jobs czar.  In: Union hack “manufacturing” czar  —  President Obama's payoffs to Big Labor continue.  —  The union bosses got not one, but two, Cabinet appointees: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
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.
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 …
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
Nissan Ratzlav-Katz / Arutz Sheva:
Al-Qaeda Targeting Germany for ‘Next 9/11’ - Within Weeks  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  ( 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
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
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Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Karzai passes key 50% vote threshold
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Kingston Claims Health System Worked ‘Very Well’ …
The Daily Beast:
Sanford's ‘Secret-Agent Mission’
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
The Pentagon's New Watchdog
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Closely Watched Buffett Recalculating His Bets
 Earlier Items: 
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
All Signs Point to Another Top-Notch Election Cycle in 2010
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama's mother to be focus of documentary