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2:15 PM ET, September 10, 2009


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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!”
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 …
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:
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Republicans Behaving Badly at Obama Speech  —  As President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, the nation's rapidly deteriorating discourse hit yet another low.  —  It happened at 8:40 pm, just after the president vowed to lawmakers …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The House Bill Does Cover Illegals  —  During Barack Obama's speech tonight, Obama said it was untrue that “the reforms I am proposing” cover illegal aliens.  Someone in the audience, reportedly South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, yelled out “liar.”  —  Now this isn't the British parliament, so I don't agree with shouting out.
Wilson apologizes: ‘I let my emotions get the best of me’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — GOP Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina issued a statement Wednesday night apologizing for his outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress: Blog:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS ON HEALTH CARE  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Madam Speaker, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, and the American people:  —  When I spoke here last winter, this nation was facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
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 …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Obama, Pulling A Jimmy Stewart  —  Was it a mistake for Barack Obama — as political performer — to deliver his biggest speech yet on health-care reform to a joint session of Congress instead of as a fireside chat, or by some other mechanism that the president has at his disposal?
Discussion: New York Times and Don Surber
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The press can't even get the “You Lie!” story right
Discussion: Daily Kos statements:
Joe Wilson: “You lie!” …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Cantor Unable To Name Any ‘Compromises’ …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Facts Have A Liberal Bias: Illegal Immigrants Not Covered By Health Care Reform.
Alexandra Gutierrez / American Prospect:
If Only There Were Truth to Wilson's Heckling.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michelle Malkin:
Unruly moment, manufactured outrage
Discussion: theblogprof
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama: I used to say 47 million uninsured. Now, it's 30 million.
Discussion: Megan McArdle
The Hill:
Analysis: Obama speech to Congress unlikely to be game changer
Army anger as soldier killed saving journalist who ignored Taliban warning  —  Senior Army figures have expressed disquiet over the death of a British soldier killed helping to free a reporter who had been kidnapped in Afghanistan after ignoring security advice against entering a Taliban stronghold.
Sarah Ebner / Times of London:   Negotiators shocked by special forces rescue raid on Taleban
Stephen Farrell / At War:
The Reporter's Account: 4 Days With the Taliban
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
Chaos for Glory: My Time With ACORN  —  A famous community organizer once said, “The only way to upset the power structure in your communities is to goad them, confuse them, irritate them and, most of all, make them live by their own rules.  If you make them live by their own rules, you destroy them.”
Fox News:
ACORN Officials Videotaped Telling ‘Pimp,’ ‘Prostitute’ How to Lie to IRS  —  Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
NBC calls the public option a “fetish”  —  The Villagers always find a way to attack progressives.  Here's NBC's ‘First Read,’ that Chuck Todd is all about says this: … You will never hear anything like this said about conservatives.  Passionately supporting a piece of legislation …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Watching the Supreme Court make its campaign finance jurisprudence disappear.  —  Early in this morning's special-edition September oral argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—known far and wide as the Hillary: The Movie case—Justice Antonin Scalia stops newbie Solicitor …
Discussion: D-Day, Open Left and On Deadline
Matt Welch / Reason:
Obama's Lies Matter, Too  —  On Wednesday night a broad chunk of the American left, and an overlapping circle of media commentators, got what they'd been aching for since the beginning of August: A presidential bitch-slap of the lying liars who've been, in the words of stereotypical L …
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Updated TV Ratings: SYTYCD vs. POTUS and Glee premieres nicely … Update: September 10, 2009 9:32a PDT, updated with some notes from FOX.  —  FOX easily won the night dominating the adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 demos.  —  From 8pm-9pm the president averaged 21.2 million just on ABC …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Palin Invokes 9/11 To Attack Obama  —  Sarah Palin, private citizen, responded to Obama's speech on her Facebook page late last night with the usual mix of bluster and aggrievement, claiming Obama's rebuttal of her “death panel” falsehood demonstrated a lack of “civility.”
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Los Angeles Times:
Dollars and sense  —  Obama made a compelling case for reform.
Discussion: National Review and Politics Daily
Atul Gawande / News Desk:
The Road Ahead  —  Before President Obama's speech on health care …
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Dims Hopes for Diplomacy
Discussion: War in Context and Commentary
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Democratic Senators Summoned to White House
Discussion: Open Left and The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Public Option Opponents
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Big Political Gamble
Discussion: Commentary and Scared Monkeys
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
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Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Commentary
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Obama's Big Speech: Triangulation + Airbrushed Orszagism