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2:20 PM 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Palin No Longer Writing Her Own Script
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.
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Congress has already exempted itself from Public Option
Discussion: Associated Press and The Anchoress
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Analysis: Public Option Is Likely Popular in Most Blue Dog Districts
Discussion: Capitol Briefing and Hullabaloo
Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:   Thomas Friedman, For One, Welcomes Our New Chinese Creditor Overlords …
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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   Barnes: Five Questions for Obama
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
‘E&P’ Asked Not to Report on ‘NYT’ …
Navel Gazing:
OC Assemblyman In Bed With Lobbyist . . . No, Literally In Bed  —  SACRAMENTO—Freshmen legislators arriving in Sacramento receive advice from veteran politicians about the intricacies of working in California's capital.  One of those tips is to remember that microphones broadcasting legislative debates …
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
Are the Days of Drudge Over?  —  Just over a month ago, Linda Douglass, a former ABC News correspondent and current communications director for the Obama administration's Health Reform Office, appeared in a video posted on the White House's official blog titled “Facts Are Stubborn Things.”
Ethan Porter / CJR:   Drudge Has Lost His Touch
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
With one simple sentence, ABC News confirms the death of Beltway journalism  —  It's from an online report about the Obama school “controversy,” and it's written by Dan Harris.  In his piece, Harris notes that conservatives pre-emptively blasted Obama's stay-in-school speech even though conservatives …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABCNEWS
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Massachusetts Democratic Senate Primary  —  Coakley Takes Early Lead In Race To Fill Kennedy's Senate Seat  —  State Attorney General Martha Coakley is the early leader in the Democratic race to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of longtime Massachusetts Senator Edward M.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus moves forward with bill  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday that he will push ahead with a comprehensive health care reform bill with — or without — Republican support and start a committee markup the week of Sept. 21.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: GOP leaders haven't met Obama for health talks since April  —  The ball is in President Obama's court to reach out to Republicans if he wants a bipartisan bill on healthcare reform, House GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) said Monday morning.  —  Boehner told reporters that the president …
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 …
The Washington / New York Daily News Blogs:
Mouth of the Potomac  —  For fallen White House aides, the rallying cry apparently is John Podesta to the rescue!  The Obama administration's former green jobs czar Van Jones is headed back to Podesta's Center for American Progress after stepping down from his White House post four days ago amid controversy …
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and theblogprof
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 …
Associated Press:
Supreme Court arguments under way in campaign case
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The GOP vs Fiscal Conservatism  —  Charlie Cook and others are predicting a sea-change in public mood, with support for the GOP rising because of deficits.  This strikes me as an amazing thing.  It makes Charlie Brown, the football and Lucy look like the model of intelligent interaction.
Discussion: Swampland
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Less Spocky, More Rocky  —  As soon as I started covering Barack Obama, I knew he was going to be trouble.  —  Not Global Trouble, like W. and Dick Cheney.  Or Hanky-Panky Trouble, like Bill Clinton and John Edwards.  Or Tedious Trouble, like John Kerry and Michael Dukakis.
New York Times:
Overspending on Debit Cards Is a Boon for Banks  —  When Peter Means returned to graduate school after a career as a civil servant, he turned to a debit card to help him spend his money more carefully.  —  So he was stunned when his bank charged him seven $34 fees to cover seven purchases …
Associated Press:
Obama disapproval on health care up to 52 percent  —  WASHINGTON — An Associated Press-GfK poll says that public disapproval of President Barack Obama's handling of health care has jumped to 52 percent.  —  The same survey shows that 49 percent now disapprove of his overall performance as president.
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Time for Obama to Stand Tall
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Doctors echo W.H. message
Discussion: The Foundry
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate appropriators decide against cash for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Examiner:
callawar  —  Mr. Barone: Where are the facts to back your assertions?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Betsy's Page
Associated Press:
Protest over Wyoming's Cheney center
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Priceless: How The Federal Reserve Bought The Economics Profession
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Let's End the Fear-Mongering Over Abortion
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As an Exotic Mortgage Resets, Payments Skyrocket
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
U.S. ‘Unlikely’ to Recoup Auto Outlay, Panel Finds
Discussion: Wonk Room, Ztower, AmSpecBlog and The BLT
Financial Times:
Obama to seal US-UN relationship
Discussion: Commentary