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1:30 PM ET, September 7, 2009


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Carl Pope / The Huffington Post:
We All Blew It  —  On Thursday evening, I got worried.  Friday I put in a call to ask Van Jones how to help.  Saturday I started writing a blog post, which would have appeared this morning.  (I've attached it below because it goes into more detail on the history of the “Bush as addict” meme.)
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Van Jones: Does the NYT Know What a Truther Is?  —  Amazingly, many New York Times print readers still don't know why Van Jones resigned!  Here's how the paper's John Broder describes his situation: … Reading that, would you realize the petition was a Truther petition?
The Politico:
Beck up, left let down  —  The resignation early Sunday of “green jobs” adviser Van Jones says as much about the Obama White House as it does about Jones - marking the latest sacrifice to the political gods after a long summer of compromises and surrenders highlighted the limits of White House power.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Death of the Soviet Union Was Not the Death of Communism — By: Andy McCarthy  —  With due respect, I think Charles Krauthammer had it badly wrong on Van Jones when he said (see post below), “I'm not even disturbed that this guy is a communist.  It is not the first time we had a communist in the U.S. government.
Discussion: Power Line, Pajamas Media and alicublog
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
Couric should look in mirror
Discussion: Instapundit and Riehl World View
Robert Pear / New York Times:
New Fee on Health Insurance Companies Is Proposed to Help Expand Coverage  —  WASHINGTON — In a last effort to give the Senate a bipartisan health care bill, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee circulated a comprehensive proposal on Sunday to overhaul the health care system and proposed …
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
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? 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.
Gateway Pundit:
To Michael Moore “Capitalism Is Evil” Except For Its Perks
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Althouse
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China alarmed by US money printing  —  The US Federal Reserve's policy of printing money to buy Treasury debt threatens to set off a serious decline of the dollar and compel China to redesign its foreign reserve policy, according to a top member of the Communist hierarchy.
John / Power Line:
Labor Yes, Unions No  —  Both Gallup (via Byron York) and Rasmussen find support for labor unions at a historic low.  This Gallup chart shows the trend:  —  What seems odd about these poll data is their volatility.  Both Gallup and Rasmussen find support for unions down sharply from a year ago.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Labor Day, support for unions plunges to all-time low
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Foundry
Too Many Kooks  —  Obama's school speech drives the right crazy.  —  The Silly Season ceases to be “silly” when what passes for political debate in America turns not merely stupid or witless, but certifiably demented.  —  I write of the kooky reaction of many conservatives—politicians …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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
Washington Post:
Major U.S. Role in Mortgages Shaping Entire Market  —  Classes of Borrowers Cannot Find Loans as Publicly Backed Debt Mounts  —  In the go-go years of the U.S. housing boom, virtually anybody could get a few hundred thousand dollars to buy a home, and private lenders flooded the market …
Discussion: A Blog For All and EconLog
Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
Should Obama go ‘all in’ on Afghanistan?  —  Before the president bets his chips on a military solution, he should figure out if there are other cards that can be played.  —  Back in January when he took office, Barack Obama had amassed a very considerable pile of chips.
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Jerusalem Post:
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A More Perfect Death
Discussion: Sadly, No!, Daily Kos and TBogg
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
More czars on conservative hit list
NY Daily News:
Lupica: Obama not out to brainwash schoolkids
Discussion: Althouse and JammieWearingFool
 Earlier Items: 
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Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
A Fine but No Lash for Sudan Woman Who Wore Pants
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘We tried to kill Carter and Blair’
Discussion: A Blog For All and Israel Matzav
Barry Rubin / Jerusalem Post:
The Region: America's obsession with dialogue
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
No.10 turns on Obama and Clinton for criticising decision …