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8:50 PM ET, September 13, 2009


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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” …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
President Obama strongly supports Public Option in speech to Minneapolis  —  I know there's some debate over whether the president fully supports the public option and we know that the gang of six in the House of Lords is trying to derail it.  Fox News is telling us that the public option …
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  —  The Sunday New York Times ran a front page story headlined “The Fading Public Option.”  Since the beginning of the health care debate in April, the main stream media and purveyors of Conventional Wisdom have regularly pronounced the public option dead and gone.
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.
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 …
ABC News Was Misquoted on Crowd Size
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
UPDATED: Malkin's 2 million protester claim; it's like the blind leading the blind
Discussion: The Sideshow
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: 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.
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,” …
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
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 …
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.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Democrats push for Social Security increase after adjustment falls through  —  Lawmakers are calling for an increase to Social Security payments that would cost the government billions of dollars.  —  The congressional push comes after the Social Security Administration reportedly indicated …
Discussion: Don Surber
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Wall Street's Math Wizards Forgot a Few Variables  —  IN the aftermath of the great meltdown of 2008, Wall Street's quants have been cast as the financial engineers of profit-driven innovation run amok.  They, after all, invented the exotic securities that proved so troublesome.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Washington Post:
In Shift, Wall Street Goes to Washington
Discussion: Donald Marron
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Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Health-Care Math  —  WHEN POLITICIANS start talking about paying …
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. to Expand Review of Detainees in Afghan Prison
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Washington Post
Irwin M. Stelzer / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Tire Tariff
Discussion: Power Line
Brandon Darby / Big Government:
Former Leftist Activist, Turned FBI Informant, Pulls Back the Curtain On ACORN