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3:55 PM ET, September 16, 2009


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The Hill:
Snowe falls away, leaving Senate Dems without GOP support on healthcare  —  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.
The Note:
Dem Senator Warns of ‘Big, Big Tax’ on Middle Class in Baucus Bill  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  It's not every day that you hear a Democratic senator charge that a fellow Democrat is proposing to raise taxes on the middle class, but that is what happened on Tuesday when Sen. Jay Rockefeller …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Young Adults May Pay Big Share of Health-Care Reform's Cost  —  As health-care legislation advances through Congress, the young adults who were so vital to President Obama's election are emerging as a significant beneficiary of his top domestic priority, but they are also likely to play a major role in funding any reform.
Washington Post:
Baucus Introduces $856 Billion Health-Care Bill
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Grassley: I Can't Back Bill Now Because Dems Might Do Bill Without Me Later
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Conservatives Draw Blood From Acorn  —  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.
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Times:
ACORN says workers conduct ‘indefensible’  —  Suspends, plans audit, in wake of videos  —  UPDATED:  —  ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees “indefensible,” has suspended advising new clients as part of its service programs and is setting up an independent review to see what happened.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Don Surber
Los Angeles Times:
From ACORN, a mighty controversy grows  —  After the release of several videos highlighting atrocious behavior by some of its workers, the liberal advocacy group needs to clean house.  —  The videos, aired mostly by Fox News and other cable news outlets, are truly shocking …
Discussion: Hot Air and Bookworm Room
Michelle Malkin:
What's missing from the New York Times coverage of ACORN
Discussion: Riehl World View
Duane R. Patterson /
How The New York Times “Covers” The News
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Rasmussen Reports:
12% Say Most Opponents of Obama Health Care Plan Are Racist  —  Twelve percent (12%) of voters nationwide believe that most opponents of President Obama's health care reform plan are racist.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of voters disagree, and 21% are not sure.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
An Allergic Reaction To The Race Card  —  The increasingly hysterical use of the the race card by liberal columnists, bloggers and politicians reflects the last gasps of people who, being unable to win an argument on the merits, seek to end the argument.  —  While the false accusation …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: New Hampshire Senate
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
SpeakupAmerica / CBS News:
Obama Admin: Cap And Trade Could Cost Families $1,761 A Year  —  Posted by Declan McCullagh The Obama administration has privately concluded that a cap and trade law would cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion a year, the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Extremism in New Jersey  —  We've been uncovering a remarkable level of anger toward Barack Obama in a lot of our recent polling so for New Jersey we decided to go a step further in determining how extreme some people's feelings are about the President and asked respondents if they think he is the Anti-Christ.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Poll: One in Three New Jersey Conservatives Thinks Obama Might Be the Anti-Christ
Discussion: Wonkette
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
New Jersey Poll: Birthers, Truthers, And The Anti-Christ — Oh, My!
Discussion: Harry's Place
Alexander Zaitchik / Salon:
Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life  —  On Saturday, I spent the afternoon with America's new breed of angry conservative.  Up to 75,000 protesters had gathered in Washington on Sept. 12, the day after the eighth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, sporting …
Rush Limbaugh hits racial bottom, digs  —  Gang, some of you are going to crack on me hard for this, but I just took down the post from earlier today about the white kid being beat up on the bus by the black bullies.  I used that incident to talk about black male violence …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Limbaugh Goes Full-On Racist During Rant About School Bus Beating
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
As Right Jabs Continue, White House Debates a Counterpunching Strategy  —  Facing a near-daily barrage of attacks from conservative opponents, White House officials are engaged in an internal debate over how hard to hit back, even as they have grown increasingly aggressive in countering allegations they deem to be absurd.
Jerusalem Post:
‘My father is a Zionist, loves Israel’  —  Article's topics: Operation Cast Lead, Gaza, IDF, Richard Goldstone  —  Nicole Goldstone, the daughter of Richard Goldstone, whose report on Operation Cast Lead alleged that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza, maintained on Wednesday that her father “is a Zionist and loves Israel.”
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Votes are lined up to appoint a senator  —  Top Democrats press for Mass. bill  —  Senate President Therese M. Murray has not pushed the bill.  —  Legislative leaders on Beacon Hill believe they have narrow majorities in both chambers to give Governor Deval Patrick the power to appoint …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: W.H. collects Web users' data without notice  —  Social-media messages go into archives  —  The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Atlas Shrugs
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Waters: Probe ‘birthers and the teabaggers’ at rallies for racist views  —  The media should investigate the racial views of conservative activists like the ones who descended on Washington last weekend, one liberal congresswoman said Wednesday.  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Roll Call:
Ethics Panel Investigates Waters, Graves and Jackson  —  The House ethics committee revealed Wednesday it is investigating allegations involving three lawmakers in unrelated incidents.  —  The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly known as the ethics panel …
Discussion: The Anchoress and Balloon Juice
Gregg Easterbrook / Wall Street Journal:
The Man Who Defused the ‘Population Bomb’  —  One of America's greatest heroes remains little known in his home country.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Norman Borlaug arguably the greatest American of the 20th century died late Saturday after 95 richly accomplished years.
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
If Jay Leno Wants Better Reviews He Can Start By Removing the Lapel Flag  —  Critics love David Letterman.  They love him because he's mean and liberal and does everything they demand: further the leftist agenda through the brutal use of humiliation to target any public figure (or their child) who might derail Leftist causes.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Reuters
Megan Fox / New York Post:
Ny Dems give ACORN pimp-slap  —  Cuomo probe & council $$ freeze in ‘brothel’ affair  —  State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday launched an investigation into pork-barrel grants given to ACORN by state lawmakers, as City Council Speaker Christine Quinn froze all city funding earmarked …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Ignoring a Law on Foreign Relations  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has declared that President Obama can disregard a law forbidding State Department officials from attending United Nations meetings led by representatives of nations considered to be sponsors of terrorism.
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Discussion: TalkLeft
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