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11:10 AM ET, September 9, 2009


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Sarah Palin / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Bureaucratization of Health Care  —  The president's proposals would give unelected officials life-and-death rationing powers.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Writing in the New York Times last month, President Barack Obama asked that Americans “talk with one another …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Media Challenge: Will They Take The Palin Bait?  —  Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, has every right to submit an opinion piece on health care to the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page, and they've got every right to print it.  —  But Palin's existence …
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Palin No Longer Writing Her Own Script  —  It's already been pointed out by several others that Sarah Palin has a new ghostwriter on staff and that she is clearly not the auteur of her most recent scribbles on Facebook and most certainly not the primary author of her op-ed yesterday in the Wall Street Journal.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Endorse Public Plan in Speech  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in a high-stakes speech Wednesday to Congress and the nation, will press for a government-run insurance option in a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health-care system that has divided lawmakers and voters for months.
The Hill:
Tide turns against public option on eve of President Obama's address  —  Political momentum appeared to swing sharply against the public health insurance option prized by liberals Tuesday, on the eve of President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Despite Fears, Health Care Overhaul Is Moving Ahead  —  WASHINGTON — The conventional wisdom, here and around the country, is that the centerpiece of President Obama's domestic agenda — remaking the health care system to cut costs and cover the uninsured — is on life support and that only a political miracle could revive it.
Paul Krugman:
Why the public option matters  —  Most arguments against the public option are based either on deliberate misrepresentation of what that option would mean, or on remarkably thorough misunderstanding of the concept, which persists to a frustrating degree: I was really surprised to see Joe Klein worrying …
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Congress has already exempted itself from Public Option
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama will hedge on public option
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's must-have health-care demands
Discussion: The Politico
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Too late for Obama to turn it around?  —  Plus: The left's visionaries lost their bearings on drugs — but the GOP is led by losers  —  What a difference a month makes!  When my last controversial column posted on Salon in the second week of August, most Democrats seemed frozen in suspended animation …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
10 things Obama must do in Congress tonight
Discussion: Don Surber and CNN
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Obama's speech a health care ‘game changer’?
Discussion: Washington Post and The Politico
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
'We're pinned down:' 4 U.S. Marines die in Afghan ambush  —  Smoke billows up Tuesday after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the military entrance to Kabul's airport, killing at least three.  Read the story.  (Photo by Hal Bernton of the Seattle Times.)
Discussion: JustOneMinute and ATTACKERMAN
Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
Taliban Ambush in Eastern Kunar Kills Four U.S. Marines  —  In a sad for the U.S. Marine Corps, four Marines have perished in Afghanistan.  Lamenting their deaths and praying for their families is appropriate, but it's also important to note the circumstances surrounding this incident.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Seized Times Reporter Is Freed in Afghan Raid That Kills Aide  —  Stephen Farrell, a New York Times reporter held captive by militants in northern Afghanistan, was freed in a military commando raid early Wednesday, but his Afghan interpreter was killed during the rescue effort.
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Again: Media, and Wikipedia, Blackout on Kidnapping of ‘NYT’ Reporter in Afghanistan
Discussion: Mediaite
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Attacks on Sunstein Frustrate Conservative Fans  —  On January 8, The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein would be nominated to run the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  It was a surprising choice for a job, created in 1980 …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Chambliss: Obama must express ‘humility’ in Wed. speech  —  Voters' reaction to the idea of a public option means the president must express “humility” in his health care address Wednesday night, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said Tuesday.  —  “I think what you're looking at is folks …
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
After Thesis Uproar, McDonnell's Strongly Worded Comments on Gays Resurface  —  ‘Homosexual Conduct’ Comments ‘Irrelevant’ to Campaign, He Says  —  In January 2003, then-Del. Robert F. McDonnell helped gavel in one of the most extraordinary judicial reappointment hearings in Virginia history …
Daily Mail:
‘Doctors told me it was against the rules to save my premature baby’  —  Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy - almost four months early.  —  They ignored her pleas and allegedly told her they were following national guidelines …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As an Exotic Mortgage Resets, Payments Skyrocket  —  Edward and Maria Moller are worried about losing their house — not now, but in 2013.  —  That is when the suburban San Diego schoolteachers will see their mortgage payments jump, most likely beyond their ability to pay.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
High Court to Start Term With Near Decade-High Approval  —  More consider the high court “about right” than “too liberal” or “too conservative”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As the U.S. Supreme Court convenes Wednesday with recently sworn-in Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the bench …
Jesse Lee / Blog:
The Investiture of Justice Sotomayor
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
EXCLUSIVE: Obama - ‘We Intend to Get Something Done’ on Health Reform  —  President to Provide a More Detailed Health Care Plan in Speech Before Congress  —  In his highly anticipated address to Congress today, President Obama told ABC News that he would provide a much more detailed health care plan …
Washington Post:
In Illinois, a Similar Health-Care Fight Tested Obama as State Senator
Discussion: The BLT
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Our One-Party Democracy  —  Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
U.S. ‘Unlikely’ to Recoup Auto Outlay, Panel Finds  —  The federal government is unlikely to recoup all of the billions of dollars that it has invested in General Motors and Chrysler, according to a new congressional oversight report assessing the automakers' rescue.
Discussion: Wonk Room
The Culture and Media Institute:
Unmentionable: Best-Selling Conservative Books and the Networks that Ignore Them  —  Research reveals a glaring imbalance in network coverage of liberal best-sellers and comparable conservative titles.  —  Culture and Media Institute  —  The most coveted real estate in the publishing industry …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP vs Fiscal Conservatism
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Less Spocky, More Rocky
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Senate race taking twists
Discussion: Boston Weather …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Group wants to chalk Capitol steps with entire healthcare bill
Andrew Coates MD / PNHP's Official Blog:
On the status of health reform
Discussion: The Sideshow and CANNONFIRE
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