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1:25 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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Obama and the Left  —  The lesson of the rise and fall of Van Jones. 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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Many presidents spoke in schools  —  Despite the crossfire from conservatives, the remarks President Barack Obama plans to deliver to America's pupils on Tuesday turn out to be in the mainstream of back-to-school remarks the previous four presidents delivered in classrooms.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Blog
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.
The Note:
Florida GOP Chair on Obama's Speech to Students: “It's a Good Speech …
Discussion: TPMDC
Baucus floats compromise on health care bill
Discussion: Hot Air
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?
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
On Jews and liberals  —  The September issue of Commentary has a symposium in which six writers discuss Norman Podhoretz's latest book, Why Are Jews Liberals?  A few excerpts: … The order of the symposiasts has been re-arranged to allow Medved to have the last word for a reason: He's nailed it.
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Baucus Submits Compromise Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — After months of deliberations, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has distributed a plan to overhaul the health system that would cost less than $900 billion over a decade and expand insurance coverage to tens of millions of Americans.
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 …
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Barney Frank wants Cabinet post
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
D. Brad Wright / The Huffington Post:
Why Poor Women With Breast Cancer Should Move to Canada
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Adam Smith would not be optimistic in today's economic world
 Earlier Items: 
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
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