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12:35 PM ET, September 13, 2009


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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 …
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.
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.”
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
ABC Denies It Ever Said Yesterday's Protest Rally Had 1 Million People  —  A slight discrepancy has broken out between a conservative activist, the new media and a member of the old media quoted as a source for some in the new media: it's only a matter of the whether the size of yesterday's protest …
Discussion: CBC News, Sky News and Jules Crittenden
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Size Matters; So Do Lies  —  Back in April, when there was a round of several hundred “tea party” protests across the country to coincide with Tax Day, I devoted significant attention to figuring out how many people had actually attended the rallies.  The best figure I could come …
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 report later, but my snap impressions:  —  * Big crowd.  Do not believe any description that says “thousands.”
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 …
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.
Fox News:
Wilson Defends Outburst, Says He Will Not Apologize on House Floor  —  Rep. Joe Wilson says he will not apologize again for his outburst during President Obama's health care address.  —  —  Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday that he will not apologize on the House floor …
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: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
Manu Raju / Politico Live's Blog:   Wilson: 'I'm not going to apologize again'
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.
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Norman Borlaug, 95, Dies; Led Green Revolution
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Cafe Hayek
Washington Post:
In Shift, Wall Street Goes to Washington  —  J.P. Morgan Chase for the first time convened its board in Washington this summer, calling the directors to a meeting at the downtown Hay-Adams hotel, then dispatching them to Capitol Hill for meet-and-greets.  —  Last month, a firm run …
Discussion: Donald Marron
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Lehman Had to Die So Global Finance Could Live
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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 and Redhot
Brandon Darby / Big Government:
Former Leftist Activist, Turned FBI Informant, Pulls Back the Curtain On ACORN  —  I first experienced ACORN in post-Katrina New Orleans.  I was part of a relief organization, Common Ground Relief, which had been delivering much needed aid to the 9th Ward, an area that had been hit especially hard by the flood waters and by neglect.
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Clijsters Wins on Penalty Assessed on Williams  —  Serena Williams became unhinged in a shocking display of vitriol and profanity toward a line judge at the most inopportune time Saturday night — right before match point for Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the United States Open.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. to Expand Review of Detainees in Afghan Prison  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration soon plans to issue new guidelines aimed at giving the hundreds of prisoners at an American detention center in Afghanistan significantly more ability to challenge their custody, Pentagon officials and detainee advocates say.
Washington Post:   New Review System Will Give Afghan Prisoners More Rights
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