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5:10 PM ET, September 13, 2009


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
HEADLINE: Up to two million march to US Capitol to protest …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Key senator rejects ‘trigger’ for public health insurance option  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A moderate Republican who has previously broken with her party to support President Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill said Sunday that she does not support the idea of using a so called “trigger” …
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,” …
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Why the Public Option Is Not “Fading” — Just the Contrary
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Collins does not support public option ‘trigger’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Corrente
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'
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Tina Fey Disses Palin  —  Saturday Night Live actress Tina Fey received an Emmy Award on Saturday for her spot-on impersonation of Republican vice presidential contender Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.  —  Accepting her trophy for best guest actress in a comedy, Fey went through the ritual …
Discussion: The Immoral Minority
Tomoneil / Gold Derby:
You betcha - Tina Fey wins Emmy as Sarah Palin on ‘SNL’
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberal Values
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
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: National debate is ‘coarsening’  —  President Barack Obama said in an interview to be aired Sunday night on “60 Minutes” that he sees “a coarsening of our political dialogue.”  —  “The truth of the matter is that there has been, I think, a coarsening of our political dialogue,” …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Van Jones — unfit for print  —  The green czar affair should put the final lie to The Times' ‘objectivity’  —  “This is not an excuse,” the managing editor of The New York Times said after offering the following excuse for completely missing the Van Jones story, except in a blog post …
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.
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: AmSpecBlog and The Rhetorican
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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