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2:35 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 …
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.”
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
9/12 Protests  —  Yesterday, somewhere between “tens of thousands” and “two million” people flooded the nation's capital to protest somethingoranother.  —  Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government (Jeff Zeleny, NYT)  —  Amanda Lucidon for The New York Times
Daily Mail:
Up to two million march to US Capitol to protest against Obama's …
Donald Douglas / American Power:
9-12 Tea Party West: Wilshire Federal Building
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Tea Party Patriotism
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.
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.
Manu Raju / Politico Live's Blog:   Wilson: 'I'm not going to apologize again'
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Snowe says Obama should scrap the public option to pass bill  —  Key senators said Sunday the “public option” favored by House Democrats for healthcare is all but dead, but a pivotal Republican said it's not dead enough.  —  President Barack Obama “should take it off the table,” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Key senator rejects ‘trigger’ for public health insurance option
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Collins does not support public option ‘trigger’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Corrente
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
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.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Kid With That Poster  —  Here's a photograph of the t-shirt he was wearing:  —  Now perhaps the constant attempts to call anyone who works for Obama a communist have some more context.  The dog-tags obviously don't belong to him.  But they are a nice touch.
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Pajamas Media:
Obama Administration Stonewalls U.S. Civil Rights Commission on Black Panther Case  —  The Justice Department won't cooperate with an inquiry into why they helped the New Black Panther party avoid the legal consequences of voter intimidation.  —  Last month, the Obama administration's decision …
Discussion: The Rhetorican and AmSpecBlog
Jim Treacher / Jim Treacher's Blog …:
The most important story of 9/12, if not 2009  —  If they can make Obama Girl famous, I see no reason we shouldn't do the same for the Boob Czar: In a move that is being praised by experts, it was announced today that the Boob Czar will also be serving as the Pogo Stick Czar....
Discussion: Redhot
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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