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7:20 AM ET, September 14, 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 …
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Why the Public Option Is Not “Fading” — Just the Contrary
Stiglitz Says Banking Problems Are Now Bigger Than Pre-Lehman  —  Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) — Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize- winning economist, said the U.S. has failed to fix the underlying problems of its banking system after the credit crunch and the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
Discussion: MyDD and naked capitalism
The Hill:
White House renews regulatory push on anniversary of meltdown  —  President Barack Obama will head to Wall Street on Monday to give what is billed as a major speech one year after the worst of the financial crisis began.  —  The president is expected to renew his push for stricter financial regulations …
Discussion: The Politico
Gateway Pundit:
CLEAN Conservatives vs FILTHY Liberals— A Photographic Essay  —  After the 2 million strong conservative freedom rally on 9-12:  —  And, here is the filth left for someone else to clean up after the Inauguration of Barack Obama:  —  Via Prisca  —  The democrats were obviously waiting for Big Government to clean up for them.
CBS News:
Transcript: President Obama  —  60 Minutes' Steve Kroft Interviewed President Barack Obama on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 … STEVE KROFT: What were you specifically hoping to accomplish with the speech this week?  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, I think the most important thing was to make sure …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Updated: 9/12 Attendance Issues Addressed  —  Update 4: A relevant bit but I won't claim it as definitive.  Stacy was there when I got to DC.  I took a cab for the last leg and had to be dropped-off blocks up.  The mark we are looking at seems to be Constitution Ave from the Google aerial view of the area.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Pat Austin / And So it Goes in Shreveport:
Editor of HuffPo's Health Unit Mocks Death of Cornell Student  —  Friday, September 11, 2009, a 20 year old student at Cornell University, Warren Schor, pictured left, died of complications from the swine flu.  IvyGate Blog chose the tragedy as an occasion for mockery and silliness.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Election trouble brewing for House Dems in 2010  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Despite sweeping Democratic successes in the past two national elections, continuing job losses and President Barack Obama's slipping support could lead to double-digit losses for the party in next year's congressional races and may even threaten their House control.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
For WashPos t, right-wing protesters are Page One news; in 2002 liberal war protesters were not  —  Behold the media's glaring double standard.  Today, the Post puts the “tens of thousands” of Obama-hating tea bagger protesters on A1; makes it the lead story as a matter of fact.
Washington Post:
Opposition to Obama's Health-Reform Plan Is High, but Easing  —  President Obama continues to face significant public resistance to his drive to initiate far-reaching changes to the country's health-care system, with widespread skepticism about central tenets of his plan, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Wall Street Journal:
Only Decisive Force Can Prevail in Afghanistan  —  A middle path of muddling through is the real recipe for quagmire and loss of public support.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Growing numbers of Americans are starting to doubt whether we should have troops in Afghanistan and whether the war there is even winnable.
Discussion: Commentary and Informed Comment
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 and Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Tomoneil / Gold Derby:
You betcha - Tina Fey wins Emmy as Sarah Palin on ‘SNL’
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Iran snubs Barack Obama's nuclear talks  —  Iran has dealt a blow to one of President Barack Obama's most ambitious diplomatic initiatives by dismissing demands to put its nuclear programme at the heart of direct talks with the United States.  —  Less than 48 hours after Washington …
Financial Times:
US tyre duties spark China clash
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Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Ex-Mayor of Memphis Starts Bid for Congress, Invoking Race in Campaign
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Support Obama On Afghanistan
Discussion: Carol's Closet and Doug Ross
Wall Street Journal:
Free Speech, Now that Speech Is Free  —  Political campaign …
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Publius / Big Government:
American Spectator: Big Media Ignores ACORN Scandal
Discussion: Telegraph
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Aide: Obama doesn't think tea partiers are racist
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Wall Street's Math Wizards Forgot a Few Variables
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Jennifer Rubin / Pajamas Media:
Obama Administration Stonewalls U.S. Civil Rights Commission on Black Panther Case
Discussion: The Rhetorican and AmSpecBlog
Jim Treacher / Jim Treacher's Blog …:
The most important story of 9/12, if not 2009
Discussion: Cold Fury and Redhot
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Van Jones — unfit for print