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12:30 AM ET, September 13, 2009


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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.
Michelle Malkin:
Celebrating the 9/12 rallies; Turnout estimated at 2 million; Update: How many?  ; FreedomWorks in error  —  Scroll for updates...  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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Tens of Thousands Protest Obama Initiatives at Capitol  —  Tens of Thousands Protest Obama Initiatives and Government Spending  —  Tens of thousands of conservative protesters, many complaining that the nation is racing toward socialism, massed outside the U.S. Capitol on Saturday …
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
They Will Be Heard [UPDATED PRETTY CONSTANTLY]  —  I'M BEGGING YOU  —  PLAYING IT DOWN  —  Here's the WaPo lede: … Tens of thousands?  Technically accurate, but...  CABBING IT HOME  —  Calling from a taxi on the way back home, Stacy McCain said:
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Quote of the Day  —  From Sen. Jim DeMint, commenting on the demonstrators in Washington DC carrying signs that call Nancy Pelosi a Nazi and Barack Obama a communist: … Uh huh.  That really means a lot coming from a guy like DeMint.  —  But what I'm really curious about is the guy in this photo with the Nancy Pelosi sign.
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
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Christopher Kelly, key figure in Blagojevich corruption probe, is dead  —  Posted by Jeff Coen, Jeremy Gorner, Kim Janssen at 3:10 p.m.; last updated at 7:49 p.m.  —  Christopher Kelly, a key figure in the federal corruption probe into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is dead.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Pajamas Media
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Is the Right's attack on Obama's legitimacy new or unprecedented?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Several people objected in comments, emails and other places to my argument yesterday that what Rep. Joe Wilson did — though dumb and juvenile — was hardly some grave threat to the Republic …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Lehman Had to Die So Global Finance Could Live  —  What if they'd saved Lehman Brothers?  —  What if, a year ago this weekend, the government and the banking industry had somehow found a way to keep Lehman from filing for bankruptcy?  How might that have changed the course of the financial crisis?
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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...
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   Sign at 9/12 march: ‘Bury Obamacare with Kennedy.’
Looking at the Left:
Conservative Woodstock Rocks the Capital  —  Patriotic anti-big-government taxpayers blast through the 2 million protester mark.  —  September 12, 2009, Washington, D.C.  —  ABC News reports that two million Americans flooded D.C. in what people in the crowd were calling “a conservative Woodstock” …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Where Is Obama's ‘Center’?  —  So why can't the silver-tongued post-partisan healer seal the deal on this health-care business?  Surely it should be the work of moments for the greatest orator in American history to whip up a little medicinal Gettysburg, a touch of Henry V-in-the-Agincourt-casualty- tent, and put this thing away.
Discussion: Hot Air
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