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8:45 AM ET, September 11, 2009


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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wilson took caffeine pills in 2007  —  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who shouted “you lie!” at President Obama during his Wednesday night address to Congress, admitted to regularly consuming caffeine pills in 2007.  —  It is unclear if Wilson still takes NoDoz, a brand of pill that contains 200 milligrams …
Newsweek Blogs:
Joe Wilson's Dirty Health-Care Secret  —  All in the Family: Rep. Joe Wilson (left) and his son, Alan Wilson, who is running for attorney general in South Carolina.  Both men, and three of Rep. Wilson's other sons, get free military medical coverage.  —  By Adam Weinstein  —  Poor Joe Wilson.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Special Comment About the Shout of “You Lie”  —  Keith lets Rep. “Wrong-Way” Wilson have it in this Special Comment.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Outrage over Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst isn't dying down  —  Although President Obama accepted the Republican congressman's apology for his ‘You lie’ remark, Democrats are calling for a public mea culpa and using the incident in fundraising appeals.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Shimkus walked on Obama: ‘Frustrated’  —  Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who yelled at President Barack Obama during his address to Congress this week, wasn't the only one unhappy with what he heard.  —  Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois, walked out.
Adam Fogle / The Palmetto Scoop:
Get your free 'I'm With Joe Wilson' t-shirt  —  TPS/MADE IN MULTIPLES GIVING AWAY SHIRTS TO SUPPORT CONGRESSMAN  —  Congressman Joe Wilson may not have picked the best moment to voice his constituent's complaints about President Barack Obama's attempts to socialize health care, but he did so nonetheless.
Fox News:   Rep. Wilson Outburst Leads Senate Dems to Close Loophole in Health Reform Bill
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
What's the matter with South Carolina?
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Susan Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Rep. Wilson's ‘Lie’ Yell Boosts Rival, Sparks Backlash
Dan / Riehl World View:   Interview: Rep. Joe Wilson (R) SC
The Huffington Post:
Yosi Sergant, Obama Aide, Asked To Resign: Glenn Beck Strikes Again  —  Glenn Beck has struck again.  —  Yosi Sergant, who recently popped up on Beck's radar for his involvement in a conference call on national service, has been asked to resign as communications director by the National Endowment …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
John Stossel Leaving ABC For Fox  —  First on TVNewser: John Stossel, the longtime ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of “20/20,” is leaving ABC to join Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.  TVNewser has learned Stossel will host a weekly, one-hour program for the 2-year-old business channel.
John Stossel / John Stossel's Take:
I'm Moving to FOX  —  It's time for a change.  —  In one month, I leave ABC News.  —  In October, I will join the folks at Fox.  —  I plan to do a one hour prime time show every week on FBN, the Fox Business Channel, and contribute to various existing programs on Fox News Channel.
Associated Press:
Sector Snap: Insurers gain ground after speech  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of health insurers gained some ground Thursday after President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to reforming the health care system in a televised speech to a joint session of Congress.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Colorado Senate Race  —  Colorado Senate: Bennet in Close Race with Two Potential Challengers  —  Colorado's appointed U.S. Senator Michael Bennet finds himself in a toss-up with two potential Republican challengers, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier.
Rasmussen Reports:
44% Favor President's Health Care Plan, 53% Oppose
Oren Yaniv / NY Daily News:
Semenya, forced to take gender test, is a woman ... and a man  —  (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo ImagesGetty Images) Original Filename: 90065429.jpg  —  Tests show that controversial runner Caster Semenya is a woman ...and a man!  —  The 18-year-old South African champ has no womb or ovaries …
Michelle Malkin:
Special report: How Obama cronyism threatens rail security  —  How Obama cronyism threatens rail security  —  Creators Syndicate  —  New Delhi.  Mumbai.  Chechnya.  Madrid.  London.  The question isn't whether America will suffer a jihadi attack on our passenger rail lines, but when.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Other McCain
Fox News:
2 ACORN Employees Fired, Could Face Criminal Charges  —  The community organizing group ACORN has fired two employees at its Baltimore office who were seen on hidden-camera video giving advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman pretending to be a prostitute, as some legal experts raise questions …
Michael Binyon / Times of London:
Thatcher told Gorbachev Britain did not want German reunification  —  Two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Margaret Thatcher told President Gorbachev that neither Britain nor Western Europe wanted the reunification of Germany and made clear that she wanted the Soviet leader to do what he could to stop it.
Discussion: Lean Left and The Daily Dish
David Paine / The Huffington Post:
The Politicization of 9/11  —  I finally understand what it really means when people say “no good deed goes unpunished.”  —  About seven years ago, the 9/11 community came together to support the wonderful idea that the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on America ought to become …
Discussion: CNN, 4&20 blackbirds and
New York Times:
Obama Facing Doubts Within His Own Party on Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — The leading Senate Democrat on military matters said Thursday that he was against sending more American combat troops to Afghanistan until the United States speeded up the training and equipping of more Afghan security forces.
Nielsen Wire:
32.1 Million Watch President Obama's Health Care Address to Congress on TV  —  As the debate on health care in the U.S. continues, President Obama detailed his vision for health insurance reform in his second address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday September 9, 2009.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter's New Terms of Service  —  At the start, critics often said, “Twitter is fun, but it's not useful.”  At one point @ev responded dryly with, “Neither is ice cream.”  Things have come a long way in a short time.  We recognized potential early but users and platform developers would demonstrate how much more Twitter could be.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pawlenty advocates state sovereignty  —  Minnesota Republican Tim Pawlenty urged fellow governors on Thursday to more frequently assert state sovereignty over the federal government and suggested that the country may increasingly see states suing the federal government.
Al-Qaida faces recruitment crisis - anti-terror experts  —  Eight years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden is still at large but willing fighters and ideological support are in short supply  —  Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is under heavy pressure in its strongholds in Pakistan's remote tribal areas …
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Michael F. Cannon / Cato @ Liberty:
Obama's Health Care Speech in Plain English
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Geithner: It's Time to Wind Down Economic Rescue Programs
Discussion: The Politico
Adam Fogle / The Palmetto Scoop:
SCGOP calls for Sanford's resignation
Discussion: MyDD
Tim Graham /
Unanimous on The View: GOP ‘Incredibly Disrespectful’ to Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama: I'm Spending Too Much on the Troops
Ezra Klein:
What Obama Should Have Said on the Public Option
Discussion: Don Surber
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Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Where's the Paying Customer?
Discussion: Hot Air and Associated Press
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The British Counter-Example
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
HRC pushing to repeal marriage act
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Christopher N. Osher / Denver Post:
Romanoff files paperwork to explore Senate bid
Discussion: The Hill and Scorecard's Blog
David A. Fahrenthold / Capitol Briefing:
House Unearths a 14th Forged Letter from a Lobbyist