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3:50 AM ET, September 16, 2009


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James O'Keefe / Big Government:
ACORN Prostitution Scandal: California Here We Come!  —  **This is a Part I of the ACORN San Bernardino exposé.  Updates to follow...  [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]
Andrew Edwards /
ACORN organizer rips video  —  SAN BERNARDINO - The head organizer for California ACORN says a new video that appears to show a staffer at the organization's San Bernardino office is fake journalism.  —  The video, which was posted shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday on a Web site called Big …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Conservatives Draw Blood From Acorn, Favored Foe  —  WASHINGTON — For months during last year's presidential race, conservatives sought to tar the Obama campaign with accusations of voter fraud and other transgressions by the national community organizing group Acorn, which had done some work for the campaign.
Discussion: and
Andrea Shea King / The Radio Patriot:
“THE WHOLE THING IS COMING UNDONE.  BRACE YOURSELVES”  —  Glenn Beck just wrapped up what had to be the most compelling radio I've heard... and lately, most of his shows have been pretty compelling.  —  Whew, where to start?  Well, how about this: you should make it a point to do two things today …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Acorn Runs Off the Rails  —  'We're just community organizers, just like the president used to be.'  —  On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to strip Acorn, the premier community organizing group on the left, of more than $1.6 million in federal housing money meant to assist low-income people obtain loans and prepare tax forms.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ben Johnson / FrontPage Magazine:
Valerie Jarrett: The Next Van Jones  —  MANY HAVE WONDERED HOW ANYONE AS EXTREME AS OBAMA'S “GREEN JOBS CZAR” Van Jones - a self-described “Communist” obsessed with racial conspiracy theories - could have been named to head a federal agency.  David Horowitz described the radicalization …
Michelle Malkin:
What's missing from the New York Times coverage of ACORN
Discussion: Founding Bloggers
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
ACORN Organizer: “I killed him . . . I shot him.”
Hannah Giles / Big Government:   The Science Behind the ACORN Sting
Ma'am Talks Regularly with Woman Who Killed her Husband?!?!
The Hill:
Snowe falls away, leaving Senate Dems without GOP health support  —  Senate Democrats are going to have to move forward on healthcare without a single Republican supporter after Sen. Olympia Snowe said Tuesday she could not back the Finance Committee's bill.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
UPDATED: Rockefeller Says “No Way” on Baucus Framework  —  Senator Jay Rockefeller, speaking Tuesday afternoon on a conference call co-sponsored with the Campaign for America's Future:  —  I have sat besides Max Baucus for 22 years on the Finance Committee. ...  I'm probably one of his best friend among Democrats.
New York Times:
Senate Health Bill Draws Fire on Both Sides
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Jay Rockefeller Dumps on Baucus' Bill and No Snowe Yet
Discussion: The Note and The Rhetorican
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus's bill gets no love from GOP
Discussion: The New Republic
Obama Calls Kanye a ‘Jackass’ — The Audio  —  TMZ has obtained the audiotape of President Barack Obama calling Kanye West a “jackass” for hijacking Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during the VMAs.  —  The audio was recorded just before Obama went on camera to do an interview with CNBC.
Pulling It Together …:
Simple Arithmetic  —  This week we put out our annual benchmark survey of employer health coverage and costs.  Two numbers jumped off the pages.  —  The first number was the average cost of a family health insurance policy in 2009: $13,375.  To put that number in context, if you are an employer …
Leah Thorsen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tape shows beating on bus of Belleville West student  —  This video frame grab shows one student attacking another while on a bus ride to school at Belleville West High School on Monday.  Editor's note: The underage victim's face has been blurred to protect his identity.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Carter Claims There Is “Racist” Tone Against Obama  —  In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, former President Jimmy Carter said he has been extremely bothered by the heightened climate of racial and other hate speech since the election of President Barack Obama.
The Politico:
Conservatives score string of scoops  —  The right-wing media's single-minded focus on a handful of targets over the past months and its success in pushing those stories into the mainstream have underscored the sharp divide between traditional news organizations and the bloggers …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Dan Riehl: Licking his chops (or is it soiling his pants?) for a race war  —  It's only going to get funnier and more terrifying, my friends.  Let's roll the tape: … Oh, this is delightful!  Riehl demonstrates how tough and rugged he and his 9/12 compadres are by bragging …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
George Bush said Palin was ill prepared: ‘Is she the Governor of Guam?’
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Bygones not bye-bye for Bill Clinton in California Democratic gov race  —  In case you think ex-President Clinton forgets political slights, even after nearly two decades, think again.  Here's a fascinating California political item, slightly edited for non-Californians, from our blog buddies over at L.A. Now:
Discussion: Don Surber and Marathon Pundit
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Media Malpractice: Tom Brokaw's World Implodes  —  Tom Brokaw.  —  With the passing of Walter Cronkite, Mr. Brokaw is considered perhaps the new “dean” of journalism.  As such the former NBC News anchor is periodically summoned forth to assess the current world, an occasion …
Terry Jones / Investor's Business Daily:
45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul  —  Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.
Jesse Walker / Reason:
The Paranoid Center  —  On June 10, 2009, an elderly man entered the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, raised a rifle, and opened fire, killing a security guard named Stephen Tyrone Johns.  Two other guards shot back, wounding the gunman before he could end any more lives.
Discussion: Hot Air, and The Agitator
Tom Hester Sr /
Poll: Corzine takes lead over Christie in gubernatorial race … Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine has for the first time gained the lead in the gubernatorial race among all registered voters, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll.  —  Among all registered voters polled …
Discussion: Open Left, AMERICAblog News and MyDD
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Great moments in gatekeeping  —  Don Wade and Roma at Chicago's WLS-AM ask outgoing ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson about why most media outlets have failed to cover the ACORN story — and they get a better answer than they must have expected.  Instead of a discourse over editorial policy …
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
ACORN Co-Founder Defends Group's Integrity, Blasts ‘Unfair’ Critics  —  ACORN is an institution of integrity that is getting an unfair rap from news outlets unwilling to look at the group's 38-year history of advocacy work, its co-founder says.  —  Wade Rathke, ACORN's co-founder and former chief organizer …
Discussion: Big Government
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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Jake Sherman / Wall Street Journal:
Acorn Faces More Funding Pressure
Discussion: Moonbattery
Washington Examiner:
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