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4:15 PM ET, September 12, 2009


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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government  —  WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of protesters from around the country marched to the Capitol on Saturday to demonstrate against the White House and Congress for what they say is an ever-expanding intrusion of government.
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.
Washington Post:
Anti-Government Demonstration Draws Tens of Thousands to D.C.
Discussion: The Hill
Michelle Malkin:
Celebrating the 9/12 rallies; Update: Turnout estimated at 2 million  —  Twitpic via Brooks Bayne  —  Twitpic via Prisminc  —  I can't make it to Washington DC today for the national 9/12 march, but I'm with all the marchers in spirit.  —  It's been an unprecedented year for limited government activism.
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 and TPMCafe
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
The GOP Corporate Push Behind The 9/12 Teabaggers  —  Stay Classy, Teabaggers!  —  Dick Army's group FreedomWorks, which organized last spring's tea parties, is behind Saturday's events as well.  They claim to model themselves on, except that actually is a grassroots group …
Discussion: Think Progress and At-Largely
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Seen on 9/12: ‘Bury Obamacare with Kennedy’  —  A passer-by forwards this image of a printed sign being distributed at the conservative rally at 13th and Pennsylvania in Washington today.  —  post comment | … Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)  —  One thing you never mistake the birthers for is classy...
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Sign at 9/12 march: ‘Bury Obamacare with Kennedy.’  —  Thousands of right-wing protesters are in DC for the 9/12 Project march today, inspired by Glenn Beck and organized by Republican lobbyists.  One rally attendee caught a particularly tasteless sign being distributed to protesters:
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
They Will Be Heard [UPDATED PRETTY CONSTANTLY]  —  CABBING IT HOME  —  Calling from a taxi on the way back home, Stacy McCain said: … Plus this quip from Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), “You have redefined gridlock in Washington.”  —  BUT WHERE ARE THE HOT UNDERAGE GIRLS?  —  Courtesy of JeffDubya on Twitter.
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 …
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 …
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.
James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
Don't Tell Me What 9/12 Means, Glenn Beck  —  Today, you are already aware, is the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Tomorrow, you may or may not be aware, is the date of Glenn Beck's 9/12 Project, which the Fox News host will be marking with a live-TV event in Washington, and which he announced in March in an effort to
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 …
DNC paints Pawlenty as liar  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Ahead of President Obama's visit to Minneapolis Saturday, the Democratic National Committee is out with a new attack ad painting Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as a politician attempting to appeal to the “extremists” in the Republican party.
State's Attorney In Baltimore Who Would Prosecute ACORN Filmmaker Is A Partisan Obama Supporting Democrat**Update**Video Report From ABC Baltimore  —  State's Attorney for Baltimore City Patricia Jessamy, an Obama supporter who worked on the Maryland For Obama Steering Committee...
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 …
Associated Press:
Census Bureau Drops Acorn From 2010 Effort  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with Acorn, a community organization that Republicans have accused of voter-registration fraud.  —  “We do not come to this decision lightly,” the census director, Robert Groves …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Census Bureau severs ties with ACORN in 2010 count
Discussion: RedState and The Rhetorican
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: Flopping Aces, Power Line and RedState
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
Mary Katharine Ham emails this pic from the Newseum balcony in DC.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Discussion: and Truthdig
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 Earlier Items: 
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Closing The Book On The Bush Legacy
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Cornyn: Obama model of bipartisanship on war, not healthcare
Discussion: The Swamp
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama highlights problem of uninsured
Discussion: The Swamp, The Hill and The Politico
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Markey not running for Kennedy seat
Card opts out of Massachusetts Senate run
Detroit Free Press:
Man arraigned in Owosso slayings