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12:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009


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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?
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
James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
Don't Tell Me What 9/12 Means, Glenn Beck
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.  —
Michelle Malkin:
ACORN Watch: Census Bureau cuts ties; Update: Census letter added
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Hot Air
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Census Bureau severs ties with ACORN in 2010 count
Discussion: The Rhetorican and
Rasmussen Reports:
47% Now Favor Health Care Reform Plan, 49% Oppose  —  Americans are now closely divided over the proposed health care reform plan following President Obama's speech to Congress Wednesday night, although a plurality of voters are still opposed.  All of the gains have come from Democrats …
Discussion: Power Line and AmSpecBlog
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 …
Domenico Montanaro /
Discussion: Power Line
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
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.
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
Washington Post:
U.S. to Impose Tariff on Tires From China  —  In one of his first major decisions on trade policy, President Obama opted Friday to impose a tariff on tires from China, a move that fulfills his campaign promise to “crack down” on imports that unfairly undermine American workers but risks angering …
Wall Street Journal:
A Protectionist Wave  —  Obama invites a rush of similar claims …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 Hill, 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 …
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.
Minnesota Public Radio:
Sixth Minn. man reportedly dies in Somalia  —  St. Paul, Minn. — A sixth Minnesota man is feared dead in Somalia after joining an Islamic extremist group there.  But Troy Kastigar stood out from his fellow recruits, because the Minneapolis man was not Somali.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
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Innocent man seeks millions after two years in jail
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Closing The Book On The Bush Legacy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
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Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
A. G. Sulzberger / City Room:
Remembering the Horror of a Bright Blue Morning
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