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9:50 AM ET, September 13, 2009

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ABCNEWS:
ABC News Was Misquoted on Crowd Size  —  ABC News Reported D.C. Rally Size in Tens of Thousands, Not 1M to 1.5M as Activist Said.  —  Conservative activists, who organized a march on the U.S. Capitol today in protest of the Obama administration's health care agenda and government spending …
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Daily Mail:
Up to two million march to US Capitol to protest against Obama's spending in ‘tea-party’ demonstration  —  Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” as they protested the president's health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Tea Party Patriotism  —  I wouldn't want to tell you that the majority of the people I saw at this morning's tea party were such hard-core patriots that they felt the need to walk around waving flags of treason and slavery:  —  Still it did strike me as noteworthy that your basic tea party crowd …
Michelle Malkin:
Yes, the picture is real, nutroots  —  I was offline for most of the afternoon and early evening — and just learned that the nutroots are claiming that the screenshot of the 9/12 march in D.C. that I posted — taken from a livecam of the event that I linked to here — is somehow “fake.”
Matt Welch / Reason:
Quick Impressions of the D.C. 9/12 Protest  —  I just came back from spending four-plus hours with the Don't-Tread-On-Me crowd at our nation's capitol.  Expect a full Reason.tv report later, but my snap impressions:  —  * Big crowd.  Do not believe any description that says “thousands.”
Think Progress:
Radical, Racist Signs Featured At 9/12 March  —  This morning on ABC's Good Morning America, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) embraced the protesters at today's 9/12 March in Washington, DC, saying that he was “glad they're here to take back their country.”  He characterized the attendees as nonpartisan …
Michelle Malkin:
Celebrating the 9/12 rallies; Turnout estimated at 2 million; Update: How many?
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Boy, Oh, Boy  —  The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.  —  Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men's club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn't.
Mark J. Konkol / Chicago Sun Times:
Key Blagojevich adviser Christopher Kelly dead  —  The man federal prosecutors pressured to cooperate in the corruption probe of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich died of an apparent aspirin overdose on Saturday, law enforcement sources said.  —  Christopher Kelly, 51, of Burr Ridge …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Christopher Kelly, key figure in Blagojevich corruption probe, is dead
Ronald Bailey / Reason:
Norman Borlaug: The Man Who Saved More Human Lives Than Any Other Has Died  —  Norman Borlaug, the man who saved more human lives than anyone else in history, has died at age 95.  Borlaug was the Father of the Green Revolution, the dramatic improvement in agricultural productivity that swept the globe in the 1960s.
Discussion: Power Line and The American Mind
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Norman Borlaug, 95, Dies; Led Green Revolution
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama's Squandered Summer  —  THE day before he gave his latest brilliant speech, Barack Obama repeated a well-worn mantra to a television interviewer: “My job is not to be distracted by the 24-hour news cycle.”  The time has come for him to expand that job description.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
More Reason From the Right  —  Or: why I am not a tea-partier:  —  The kid holding it, according to the reader who took this picture, was maybe 16.  Obama is a communist and a fascist and a traitor!  Then this:  —  The above protestor is comparing an attempt to privately ensure millions …
Discussion: Feministe
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Where Politics Don't Belong  —  FOR years now, many businesses and individuals in the United States have been relying on the power of government, rather than competition in the marketplace, to increase their wealth.  This is politicization of the economy.  It made the financial crisis much worse, and the trend is accelerating.
 
 
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