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9:45 AM 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.
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Speech No Game-Changer
Discussion: Hot Air, YID With LID and Bloomberg
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Joyce Purnick: Mayor Bloomberg spent big exploring a run for president — Obama: Wall Street must take responsibility — Sen. Kennedy: what Sen. Byrd said during a private gays-in-the-military meeting  —  BIRTHDAYS: Will Nichols, who turns 2 today, celebrated in style last night with dinner at Sushiko …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Obama Heads to Wall Street, Turns Attention to Financial Reform  —  President Obama will head to Wall Street on Monday to try to breathe new life into efforts to overhaul the financial regulatory system, an undertaking he has said is essential to halting the abuses and failures that led to the current crisis.
The Hill:
White House renews regulatory push on anniversary of meltdown
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.
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.]
Agence France Presse:
US support for Israel led to 9/11: Bin Laden message  —  WASHINGTON — Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden told Americans in a new message that their support for Israel had prompted him to launch the September 11, 2001 attacks, a US-based terror monitoring group said.
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CNN:
‘Bin Laden’ tape: Obama can't stop war
BBC:
‘Bin Laden’ tape harangues Obama
Discussion: The Confluence
Bloomberg:
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.
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 …
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” …
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Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Why the Public Option Is Not “Fading” — Just the Contrary
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Ghosts of 1994  —  There are obvious parallels between Barack Obama's push for health care reform and Bill Clinton's ill-fated attempt 16 years ago.  In both cases, an apparent legislative juggernaut hit a wall of public skepticism.  Both presidents saw their poll numbers wilt in the summertime heat.
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
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.
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 …
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama plans to ‘own’ healthcare reform
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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CNN:
Key Senate Dem: There will be a public option
Discussion: msnbc.com
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
McDonnell's Strategy in Va. Race: Stay on Message, Practice Non-Engagement
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems see race factor for Obama foes
Discussion: Don Surber
Wall Street Journal:
Free Speech, Now that Speech Is Free  —  Political campaign …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Aide: Obama doesn't think tea partiers are racist
Discussion: Washington Post
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Democrats push for Social Security increase after adjustment falls through
Discussion: Don Surber and Blue Crab Boulevard
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Tina Fey Disses Palin
Discussion: Liberal Values and Gold Derby
Jim Treacher / Jim Treacher's Blog …:
The most important story of 9/12, if not 2009
Discussion: Cold Fury and Redhot