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11:05 AM ET, September 12, 2009


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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Dems Bracing For Huge Turnout At Glenn Beck/Tea Party Gathering  —  Looks like there's serious concern among Dems about the big 9/12 rally that's being heavily promoted by Glenn Beck, Fox, and the tea partiers for tomorrow.  —  A top House Dem leadership aide has emailed a memo …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of DC TEA Party Planners  —  On the eve of what organizers call a ‘Big Ol’ TEA Party', the Washington, D.C., offices of FreedomWorks were evacuated by DC Metro police on Friday afternoon after the conservative organization reported to authorities at 3:42 pm ET that it had received a bomb threat.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
A march today, but is it a movement?  —  Joe Wilson brought a taste of the summer's contentious health care town halls to the floor of Congress Wednesday night, and on Saturday thousands of fired-up conservatives are planning to bring some of that anger to the streets outside the Capitol.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
House Dem Leadership Now Managing Expectations for 9/12 Tea Party Protests
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Hot Air
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Heckler's Behavior May Bring Action in House  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats intend to pursue a formal resolution admonishing Representative Joe Wilson for his outburst against President Obama during the president's speech to Congress on Wednesday night unless he apologizes on the floor.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Stop The ACLU
Fox News:
Census Bureau Severs Ties With ACORN  —  The Census Director has sent a letter to the National Headquarters of ACORN notifying the group that it will no longer have a role in conducting the 2010 census.  ACORN had previously been tapped to help with low level data gathering.  —
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Illegal Immigrants Could Not Buy Insurance on New ‘Exchange,’ White House Says  —  The White House on Friday said it would bar illegal immigrants from purchasing health coverage through a proposed insurance marketplace.  But it said that the federal government would continue to require hospitals …
Wall Street Journal:
Conservatives Gather in Capital  —  Critics of Obama Policies, Energized by Town-Hall Meetings, Will March Saturday  —  Conservative activists from around the country are gathering in Washington on Saturday, seeking to continue their momentum in shaping the national debate on everything from health care to White House staffing.
Discussion: Commentary
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Markey not running for Kennedy seat  —  Representative Edward J. Markey, the longest serving House member from Massachusetts, announced late today that he will not seek the Senate seat opened by Edward M. Kennedy's death.  —  Markey, a Malden Democrat, said he could do more as a senior member …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Exclusive: Andy Card won't run for Kennedy's Senate seat
Discussion: MyDD, The Fix and Capitol Briefing
CNN:   Card opts out of Massachusetts Senate run
Detroit Free Press:
Man arraigned in Owosso slayings  —  OWOSSO, Mich. — Prosecutors say the man charged in deaths of an anti-abortion activist and a businessman told them he wanted to kill third person.  —  Harlan Drake, 33, of Owosso, was arraigned this afternoon on two counts of first-degree murder …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. Accepts Iran's Offer of Broad Talks on Security Issues  —  The United States has decided to ignore Iran's refusal to discuss its nuclear program and instead accept a vague Iranian plan for talks on security issues as the opening gambit to draw Tehran into real negotiation.
New York Times:
U.S. to Accept Iran's Proposal to Hold Face-to-Face Talks  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that the United States would accept Iran's offer to meet, fulfilling President Obama's pledge to hold unconditional talks despite the Iranian government's insistence …
Will Wilkinson:
For a 9/10 America  —  Watching and reading the various 9/11 remembrances this year, I get the sense that a lot of Americans are ready to move on but are hesitant for fear of seeming either callous or negligently complacent about the country's security.  But it's past time to move on.
Discussion: Lean Left and American Power
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama highlights problem of uninsured  —  About half of all Americans under 65 will go without health insurance coverage for some period of time during the next 10 years, President Barack Obama stressed during this Saturday's radio address.  —  Roughly one-third of those Americans …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Cornyn: Obama model of bipartisanship on war, not healthcare  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Saturday praised the Obama administration for its commitment to Afghanistan and pledged his party's continued support for protecting the war-torn state.  —  The Texas senator also implored …
Discussion: The Swamp
Washington Post:
GOP Now Embraces Conservative Groups' Protest  —  ‘Taxpayer March’ in D.C. Attracts Party Leaders, but Some Are Wary  —  With tens of thousands of conservative protesters expected to gather in Washington on Saturday for a “Taxpayer March on D.C.,” Republican officials are attempting …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Connecticut Senate Race  —  Connecticut's Dodd Trails Potential GOP Foe by 10  —  Longtime Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, tarnished by last year's financial blow-up, continues to struggle as he prepares for a reelection bid in 2010.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide …
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Turn Negative On All Political Labels Except Reagan
Discussion: RedState and AmSpecBlog
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
A Protectionist Wave  —  Obama invites a rush of similar claims …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
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Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
A. G. Sulzberger / City Room:
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