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2:50 PM ET, September 14, 2009


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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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
When You Assume, You Make a Mess Out of Your Poll  —  It's a bit difficult to reconcile the results of three questions from the new Washington Post/ABC News poll on health care reform: … This is the Washington Post's attempt at interpreting these results: … This, I suppose, is the Occam's Razor interpretation.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Speech No Game-Changer  —  Our new ABC News/Washington Post poll out this morning shows that the President's joint session speech may have stopped his summer slide, but it doesn't appear to have been the “game-changer” Democrats were hoping for.  —  No doubt Obama's passionate …
Rasmussen Reports:
Health Care Reform
Tony Romm / The Hill:
GOP posts small gains in latest WaPo-ABC poll
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Address Wall Street as Health Care Support Slides
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
ACORN Video: Prostitution Scandal in New York, NY … So, we headed up to New York...  [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]  —  [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
‘Pimp & hooker’ catch B'klyn staff  —  The scandal surrounding the left-wing activist organization ACORN has spread to New York, with employees at its Brooklyn office caught on video helping supposed ladies of the night get loans for their dream houses of ill repute.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Unamplified, Beck's Voice Still Carries  —  Establishment Outlets Missed Van Jones Story  —  It has become a familiar chain reaction: Talk-show hosts whip up a noisy controversy, which hits higher decibels as it spreads to the establishment media, which costs some unfortunate soul his job.
Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low  —  Public Evaluations of the News Media: 1985-2009  —  The public's assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans' views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme  —  The Republican establishment hopes cooler heads will prevail over strongly anti-Obama parts of the conservative base.  —  Reporting from Washington - Amid a rebirth of conservative activism that could help Republicans win elections next year …
Simon Parry / Daily Mail:
Revealed: The ghost fleet of the recession  —  The biggest and most secretive gathering of ships in maritime history lies at anchor east of Singapore.  Never before photographed, it is bigger than the U.S. and British navies combined but has no crew, no cargo and no destination …
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.
Media barred from Palin speech  —  Hong Kong - The first keynote speech outside North America by former US vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will be closed to the media, organisers of the Hong Kong event said on Monday.  —  Palin, mocked during last year's presidential campaign for her lack …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin speech to be closed press
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Warning Signs for GOP in Health Care Poll  —  Greg Sargent makes the point that the press seems weirdly averse to noting polling data about health reform that indicates the existence of political risks for the GOP in opposing Obama.  For example, “Dems hold an overwhelming 20-point lead …
Discussion: The American Scene
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Democrats Need to Stop the Umbrage Game on Rep. Joe Wilson  —  Rep. Joe Wilson, the Republican from South Carolina who shouted “You lie” during President Obama's health-care address to Congress, has already apologized at least twice: once in a statement issued by his office and once in a phone call to the White House.
Discussion: Commentary, Reason and Swampland
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
New Message Reported From bin Laden  —  Two days after the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, Osama bin Laden apparently released a new audiotape, entitled “An Address to the American People,” news agencies reported Monday.
Walid Phares / Counterterrorism Blog:
Bin Laden: “US Must eliminate the Israel Lobby to end war”
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Ex-Mayor of Memphis Starts Bid for Congress, Invoking Race in Campaign  —  MEMPHIS — A Congressional race in Tennessee has become freighted with racial overtones almost a year before the election, with a prominent black politician saying the white incumbent cannot properly represent black voters.
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
Kanye West Storms the VMAs Stage During Taylor Swift's Speech  —  Leave it to Kanye West to produce one of the most infamous moments in VMAs history before the 2009 show was even an hour old.  It happened after Taylor Swift's victory in the Best Female Video category for “You Belong With Me …
Daniel W. Drezner:
I'm setting the protectionist threat level to safety orange  —  When the Obama administraton announced the decision to slap a 35% tariff on Chinese tire imports, I was pretty sure that free traders would be incensed.  And I haven't been disappointed — even the markets are freaking out over this one.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Boortz compares President Obama to a child molester.  —  Today, on the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, President Obama will speak on Wall Street to “try to breathe new life into efforts to overhaul the financial regulatory system.”  Hate radio host Neal Boortz used …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Who are the undeserving “others” benefiting from expanded government actions?  —  The New York Times' Ross Douthat argues, uncontroversially, that the tea-party protests, townhall outbursts and related appendages aren't about specific health care proposals but, instead, are motivated …
Christopher Knight / Culture Monster:
Glenn Beck's ‘9-12’ logo based on communist and socialist designs  —  Ever since Glenn Beck took to the Fox television airwaves recently to offer a bizarre reading of the art commissioned 70 years ago for New York's Rockefeller Center, I've been puzzled by the graphic design element of his 9-12 Project.
Aceh passes adultery stoning law  —  Indonesia's province of Aceh has passed a new law making adultery punishable by stoning to death, a member of the province's parliament has said.  —  The law was passed unanimously by Aceh's regional legislature, said assembly member Bahrom Rasjid.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Jihad Watch
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Inside the 9/12 protest  —  Dr. David Dunch had never …
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A Simple Request  —  The Atlantic has done me the honor …
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Obama's Anger Weakens Him, and Us
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Silver Lining Of The Right's Apoplexy
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissent Of The Day  —  A reader writes: … Well, count me in, then.