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2:01 AM ET, September 10, 2009


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New York Times:
Obama's Health Care Speech to Congress  —  Following is the prepared text of President Obama's speech to Congress on the need to overhaul health care in the United States, as released by the White House.  —  Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, and the American people:
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: The News in the Speech  —  Looks like there's some news in the speech after all.  Quite a bit.  —  On the policy front, President Obama tonight endorses, clearly and unambiguously, a requirement that everybody obtain insurance—that is, an individual mandate.  He has not done that before, not this explicitly.
CNN Poll: Double-digit post-speech jump for Obama plan  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two out of three Americans who watched President Barack Obama's health care reform speech Wednesday night favor his health care plans — a 14-point gain among speech-watchers, according to a CNN/Opinion Research …
Obama: 'If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out'  —  The White House has released excerpts of President Obama's address to Congress tonight:
The Politico:
Obama: ‘Now is the time’  —  Declaring “now is the time to deliver on health care,” President Barack Obama on Wednesday night will challenge supporters and critics alike to work toward a bill that will protect Americans who have insurance, provide coverage to those who don't and curb the growth of health care costs.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Reaction to Obama's Speech  —  President Obama gave a very powerful speech making his case for health care reform.  Watching Republicans confused as to whether they should stand and applaud various lines was telling.  He had them completely off balance.  —  Of course, the line every pundit …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama: I used to say 47 million uninsured. Now, it's 30 million.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
High Stakes Speech Live Blog, Pt. 3
Discussion: Open Left
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Live-Blogging Healthcare
Associated Press:
Obama heckled by GOP during speech to Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The nastiness of August reached from the nation's town halls into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as President Barack Obama tried to move his health care plan forward.  —  South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A voice from the floor on illegal immigrants: ‘Lie’  —  One of the most persistent conservative concerns about health care legislation is that it will provide health care to illegal immigrants — and the heated claim spilled onto the floor of President Obama's address to a joint session …
Discussion: Think Progress and Open Congress
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: GOP congressman yells “liar” at Obama; Update: Wilson apologizes  —  The culprit was South Carolina rep Joe Wilson, who felt moved to act when The One told what was, in fact, a lie.  Although certainly not his biggest of the night: Where this jackass gets off lecturing Americans …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
‘You lie’: Rep. Wilson apologizes  —  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) apologized Wednesday night for heckling President Barack Obama as a liar during the president's speech to a joint session of Congress.  —  Wilson shouted to the president “you lie” after Obama said illegal immigrants would not benefit …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In Lawmaker's Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol  —  WASHINGTON — It was a rare breach of the protocol that governs ritualistic events in the Capitol.  —  In an angry and very audible outburst, Representative Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina, interrupted President Obama's speech Wednesday night with a shout of “You lie!”
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
The guy who yelled “You lie!”  —  ... was Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), according to my colleague Patrick O'Connor.  —  post comment | … Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)  —  He didn't have to remind us.  —  @8:47 There you go misrepresenting President Obama's speech.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“You Lie!”  [Video]  —  The member of Congress who yelled that the president was a liar during the speech was Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina.  Here's his official website.  —  I can't think of anything like it in recent history.  Here's the video (particularly note Pelosi's reaction.)
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
GOP Lawmaker's Graphic Sex-Bragging Caught On Tape  —  We've all seen those stories where a careless politician gets a little too candid when speaking into a hot mic.  But this one's really in a whole different league.  —  [RELATED SLIDESHOW: TPM'S HISTORY OF THE SEX-SCANDALOUS FALL OF THE MODERN CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT]
Navel Gazing:
OC Assemblyman In Bed With Lobbyist . . . No, Literally In Bed
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   FRIEDMAN PONDERS ‘ONE-PARTY DEMOCRACY’.... I'd overlooked Thomas …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Go, Hillary, Go!  —  The boss hears from two sources that Hillary Clinton is considering stepping down as Secretary of State this fall in order to run for Governor of New York.
Discussion: Gawker Blog:
THE WHITE HOUSE  —  Below is the text of the letter from Senator Edward M. Kennedy referenced by the President in tonight's address to a Joint Session of Congress.  —  Dear Mr. President,  —  I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Kennedy Letter to Obama: At Stake Is the Character of Our Country
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Drudge Report:
WHIP COUNT: DEMS LACK THE VOTES  —  At least 44 more moderate Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record in opposition to the current health care bill in the House, a Hill source claims.  Likewise, at least 57 liberal Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record saying …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House talking points blast Palin  —  A source sends on the talking points the White House is circulating to allies in advance of President Obama's speech, most of them reiterating familiar themes of momentum and security.  —  But the White House has also chosen specifically to focus …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cantor attentive to Blackberry [UPDATED with video]  —  A Democrat, amused at the shots of Eric Cantor working his Blackberry as the president talked about the cost of health care a few minutes ago, passes on this item from last week headed, “Cantor: GOP will be ‘attentive’ during Obama speech”:
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Intended Audience: 100 House Democrats...  Democrats — and, in particular, the 100 or so liberal Democrats who have threatened to oppose a bill that doesn't include a public option — are the main target of the president's persuasion tonight.  Why?  Legislative math.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Health Care in the Senate: An Interview with Chuck Schumer.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Two precedents in jeopardy  —  Analysis  —  If supporters of federal curbs on political campaign spending by corporations were counting on Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., to hesitate to strike down such restrictions, they could take no comfort …
Glenn Beck:
The most dangerous Czar  —  Audio Available:  —  GLENN: Okay, now I have really good news.  Do you remember when I said don't pay attention to what they want you to pay attention to because it's always what the other hand does.  Remember that?  What did they do last night after we got off the air?
Discussion: The Greenroom
Jennifer Lebovich /
11 accused of faking voter registration cards in Miami-Dade  —  Eleven people hired to register potential voters in Miami-Dade County before last year's presidential election were being sought Wednesday for falsifying hundreds of voter registration cards.  —  The Miami-Dade State Attorney's …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Ross meets Boustany — elbows fly  —  Hopes of a bipartisan deal on healthcare reform between two rank-and-file House members crashed and burned on Wednesday.  —  Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) met on Wednesday for what was supposed to be a low-key discussion on healthcare.
Discussion: The Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP plans quiet demonstration during president's speech  —  Tonight some House Republicans are planning to attend the president's address to a joint session of Congress carrying copies of GOP health care bills.  If the president says, as he has done on many previous occasions …
Discussion: Swampland and JammieWearingFool
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