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8:30 AM ET, September 8, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
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
Venezuela's Chavez says hopes can work with Obama  —  VENICE (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy who once called George W. Bush “the devil,” said on Monday he hoped to be able to work more closely with President Barack Obama.
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
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
France Mulls CO2 Taxes on Citizens
Discussion: QandO
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jerusalem Post:
Jane Fonda, Danny Glover heat up anti-Israel sentiment around Toronto Film Festival
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Gateway Pundit
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