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4:40 PM ET, September 11, 2009


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Defiant Wilson raises more than $200,000 after outburst  —  (CNN) — Less than a day after Rep. Joe Wilson formally apologized to President Obama over his “you lie” outburst, a campaign aide confirms to CNN the South Carolina Republican has raised “more than $200,000″ in the wake of the now-infamous moment.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wilson in Trouble  —  In a matter of seconds Wednesday night Joe Wilson went from being pretty safe for reelection to one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents in the country.  —  Wilson trails Democratic challenger Rob Miller 44-43 in a PPP survey conducted Thursday night and Friday morning.
Taebok / CBS News:
Poll: Obama's Speech Buoyed Public Support  —  President Obama attempt to explain his plans for health care reform to the American public Wednesday night appear to have been successful — to some extent.  —  A CBS News poll shows that Americans now give him the best marks of his presidency …
Rasmussen Reports:
Following Speech, Support for Health Care Reform Up to 46%  —  President Obama's speech to Congress Wednesday night has provided at least a short-term boost in support for the health care reform plan that he and congressional Democrats have proposed.  But the bounce is partisan in nature …
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Turn Negative On All Political Labels Except Reagan
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and RedState
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Connecticut Senate Race
Steve Singiser / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos Weekly Tracking Poll: Game Changer
Elizabeth Shaw /
Anti-abortion activist shot in front of Owosso High School … OWOSSO, Michigan — State police at the Corunna post have confirmed a well-known anti-abortion activist was shot multiple times and killed this morning in front of Owosso High School.  —  The victim's identity has not yet …
Detroit Free Press:
Man in custody for 2 fatal Owosso shootings  —  OWOSSO - A 33-year-old man was in police custody for the fatal shootings this morning of a longtime local abortion protester and a gravel company owner found slain in his office.  —  James Pouillon, 63, was shot multiple times at around 7:30 …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
After Obama's Speech, It's Back to Wooing the Skeptics  —  No one in the nation's capital is naive enough to think that President Barack Obama's address before Congress Wednesday evening was somehow, in one fell swoop, going to overcome all the opposition to health-care reform …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Conrad Clarifies: No Federal Subsidies for Non-Citizens Under Health Care Bill
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Memo: GOP logic behind Wilson “Lie” charge
Noahs / The Docket:
Judge angered by special treatment for Andrew Sullivan  —  Political commentator, author and writer for The Atlantic magazine Andrew M. Sullivan won't have to face charges stemming from a recent pot bust at the Cape Cod National Seashore — but a federal judge isn't happy about it.
Jonathan V. Last / Galley Slaves:   Andrew Sullivan: Above the Law—Updated
Fox News:
Second Video Shows ACORN Officials Helping ‘Pimp,’ ‘Prostitute’ in Washington Office  —  One day after two ACORN officials in Baltimore were fired for offering to help a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute to engage in child prostitution and a series of tax crimes …
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
Washington, DC ACORN Video: Child Prostitution Investigation  —  And then, we drove down to DC...  [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]  —  [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
How one becomes “crazy” in Washington culture  —  (updated below)  —  Politico has an article on how certain mainstream Republican leaders are worried that “crackpots” are dominating their party's image (h/t reader jv): … While the Republican Party is absolutely dominated by people who are exactly that …
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
9-11: The Desecration  —  Add another Obama insult to injury on 9-11.  First, he desecrated the memory of 9-11 with his planned proclamation of his mandatory civilian service on 9-11, which he has designated a “National Day of Service.”  And now 9-11 has yet another title …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
T-Paw Admits There Are No Death Panels — But Says You Should Be Afraid, Anyway!  —  I'm surprised this isn't getting more attention: Tim Pawlenty gave an extraordinary interview on Morning Joe today in which he repeatedly refused to say the “death panel” tale is false, and even said those who fear …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
The New Census Numbers  —  The new U.S. Census numbers are out, and they don't show much in the way of changes: Median income dropped a bit, poverty rose a bit, and so too did the number of Americans without health insurance.  But the actual changes aren't very large.  There are two reasons for that.
Judith Lewis / Los Angeles Times:
Meet the real Van Jones  —  Conservatives' efforts to portray him as a radical have obscured the work of a practical environmentalist who wants to bring green jobs to ‘the poor part of town.’  —  At the annual Bioneers convention in 2007, Van Jones described to an audience of scientists …
Vincent Rossmeier / Salon:
Would you still sign the 9/11 Truth petition?
Discussion: POWIP and Daimnation!
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Says ‘checking would be good’  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs chastised CNN Friday morning for its reporting on a Coast Guard training exercise on ...  ... the Potomac River, which suggested a security incident was in progress in the nation's capital.
Megan Fox / New York Post:
Betraying our dead  —  Forgetting the vows we made  —  Eight years ago today, our homeland was attacked by fanatical Muslims inspired by Saudi Arabian bigotry.  Three thousand American citizens and residents died.  —  We resolved that we, the People, would never forget.  Then we forgot.
Looking at the Left:
Doctors Against Obamacare - Rally in D.C.  —  On September 10, 2009, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals came to Washington, D.C. from across the country to show their opposition to Obamacare.  This rally exploded the government-created myth that there is unanimity amongst health …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats stifle Republican health care plans  —  Rep. Tom Price, the Georgia Republican who heads the House GOP Study Committee, came to President Obama's speech Wednesday night itching to make a point.  Price, who also happens to be an orthopedic surgeon, has often heard the president accuse Republicans …
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
DOMA Repeal Bill Coming Next Week  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next week.  —  The Advocate has learned that Democratic representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Jared Polis of Colorado …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Dime Standard  —  On Wednesday night, Barack Obama delivered the finest speech of his presidency.  The exposition of his health care views was clear and lively.  The invocation of Teddy Kennedy was moving and effective.  The rumination at the end about the American character and the role …
Obama's Health Care Plan: Put Up And Shut Up  —  The president's speech was the policy equivalent of the middle finger.  —  For several months now, the American people—as if exhorted by the ghost of William F. Buckley (no particular hero of mine)—have been standing athwart the Democratic agenda …
Discussion: Reason
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Americans Still Prefer Republicans for Combating Terrorism