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1:05 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  —  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.
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,” …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Collins does not support public option ‘trigger’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Corrente
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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
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 clash
Discussion: Conservative Dallas
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
Wall Street Journal:
Free Speech, Now that Speech Is Free  —  Political campaign regulations are silly in the age of YouTube.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The equivalent of the health-care debate a few years ago was the battle over the McCain-Feingold law, which was supposed to be the most important political reform in a generation.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Santorum reportedly mulling White House bid  —  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) reportedly told Catholic leaders Friday night he was “thinking about” a bid for the presidency in 2012.  —  During his address to the Catholic Leadership Conference in Orlando, Santorum also asked …
Discussion: The Raw Story and
John-Henry Westen ORLANDO /
Santorum Admits to Pondering Run for President - Asks for Prayers
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Publius / Big Government:
American Spectator: Big Media Ignores ACORN Scandal
Discussion: Power Line
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Aide: Obama doesn't think tea partiers are racist
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Pajamas Media:
Obama Administration Stonewalls U.S. Civil Rights Commission on Black Panther Case
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Rhetorican
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Pawlenty Backs Off Nullification
Discussion: Balkinization and Firedoglake
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar
Discussion: TalkLeft and Unfogged
Jim Treacher / Jim Treacher's Blog …:
The most important story of 9/12, if not 2009
Discussion: Redhot
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Van Jones — unfit for print
Washington Post:
Health-Care Math  —  WHEN POLITICIANS start talking about paying …
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber