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11:30 PM ET, September 7, 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 …
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.
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 …
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:
Fox News:
Defying Critics, Obama Names Another Czar After Resignation of Environmental Adviser  —  President Obama's announcement of his selection of Ron Bloom as “manufacturing czar” follows the weekend resignation of Van Jones, the White House “green jobs czar” who had come under fire in recent weeks for past inflammatory statements. 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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama school speech released; Update: Obama's priority in speech; Update: Reagan got political in his speech  —  Fox News has the big story of the day — the release of the Barack Obama speech to the nation's schoochildren students tomorrow.  As expected, it focuses on achievement and perseverance …
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.
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?
Baucus floats compromise on health care bill
Discussion: Hot Air
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: On Deadline
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Unhappy Labor Day  —  Labor Day 2009 is a terrible time to be an American worker.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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: 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 and AMERICAblog News
Associated Press:
Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy Won't Run for Senate
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:   Adam Smith would not be optimistic in today's economic world
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
France Mulls CO2 Taxes on Citizens  —  President Nicolas Sarkozy is considering what amounts to a CO2 tax on citizens.  —  The French government plans next year to begin making heavy users of household and transport fuels bear more of the tax burden.  President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected …
The Note:
Florida GOP Chair on Obama's Speech to Students: “It's a Good Speech, I'll Let My Kids Watch”  —  ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports: The Florida Republican party chairman who last week accused the president of trying to “indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda” …
Discussion: TPMDC
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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
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?
Three guilty of airline bomb plot
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: TalkLeft, TPMDC and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
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: Sadly, No! and Daily Kos
Too Many Kooks  —  Obama's school speech drives the right crazy.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TBogg
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
More czars on conservative hit list