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9:55 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.
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 …
Political Punch:
Pelosi and Reid Tell President: We Have the Votes; President Wants Bill Passed Soon  —  While White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today refrained from telling reporters whether President Obama in his speech Wednesday night will set a deadline for passing health care reform …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
How Obama Survived August
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Congress has already exempted itself from Public Option
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pajamas Media
Washington Post:
In Illinois, a Similar Health-Care Fight Tested Obama as State Senator
Discussion: The BLT
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
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Again: Media, and Wikipedia, Blackout on Kidnapping of ‘NYT’ Reporter in Afghanistan
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
Obama Exclusive: ‘We Intend to Get Something Done’ on Health Care  —  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 …
Discussion: On Deadline and Newsweek Blogs
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 …
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 …
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
Rep. Jean Schmidt Tells Birther: ‘I Agree With You’  —  Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) spoke at the Voice of America tea party this Labor Day weekend outside of Cincinnati, OH.  Following a tense Q&A session — during which, the congresswoman was booed for acknowledging that the Constitution …
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 …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
NSA-Intercepted E-Mails Helped Convict Would-Be Bombers  —  The three men convicted in the United Kingdom on Monday of a plot to bomb several transcontinental flights were prosecuted in part using crucial e-mail correspondences intercepted by the U.S. National Security Agency, according to Britain's Channel 4.
Discussion: BBC, TigerHawk, The Lede and Salon
The Politico:
Dodd to stay as Banking chair  —  Sen. Christopher Dodd's expected announcement that he will remain in charge of the Banking Committee should give a big boost to his longtime colleague Tom Harkin while setting off a shuffle on other Senate panels.  —  Dodd has played stand …
Discussion: The Hill and MyDD
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Dodd Decides Against Taking Over Senate Health Committee
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Open Left
Rachel Slajda / LiveWire:
Chambliss: Obama Better Show Humility In Speech To Congress  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said today that, because of angry town hallers and the like, President Obama should show “humility” when he speaks to Congress Wednesday night.  —  “What you're seeing is folks on my side anxious …
Noel Sheppard /
Olbermann Flip-flops, Tells Kossacks NOT to Dig Up Dirt on Beck  —  Want to know just how unstable MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is?  —  Within the course of 48 hours, he asked Daily Kos readers to send him everything they could dig up about Fox News host Glenn Beck, and then called off the dogs.
Washington Post:
Obama Speech Aims To Reenergize Effort  —  Senate Finance Chair Holds Out Hope That Bipartisan Accord Can Be Reached  —  President Obama will seek to rally Congress to pass health-care reform in a prime-time address Wednesday, even as lawmakers continue struggling to reach broad consensus on some of the toughest issues in the debate.
Financial Times:
Obama to seal US-UN relationship  —  By Harvey Morris at the United Nations  —  Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council.
Discussion: Commentary and Atlas Shrugs
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
‘Inside the Mind of Mark Foley’: Disgraced Congressman Turned Talk Radio Host  —  Foley, Brought Down by Sexually Explicit Messages to Underage Pages, Tapes First Show  —  Nearly three years after then-Congressman Mark Foley, R-FLA, saw his political career crumble following the revelation …
Discussion: Think Progress, PRWeb and TPMDC
Patrick Courrielche / Big Hollywood:
WHO SET UP GOVERNMENT ‘PROPAGANDA’ CONFERENCE CALL?  Newly Revealed White House, NEA Audio Contradict  —  Another conference call has materialized, revealing a concerted effort by government to use the arts to address political issues.  —  Lee Rosenbaum, a blogger for …
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James Dao / New York Times:
Pentagon Keeps Wary Watch as Troops Blog
Discussion: At War
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Gates Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and USA Today
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
Tea bagger bus company sued over blaze that killed 23 seniors
Joseph C. Phillips / Big Hollywood:
Revolution Anyone?  —  Barack Obama hired Anthony “Van” …
Discussion: RBO
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Right-Wing Woman Dares Dem Congressman To Take $20 Bill Out of Her Hand