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10:00 PM ET, September 16, 2009


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Ezra Klein:
The Baucus Bill: The Worst Policy in the Bill, and Possibly in the World  —  Baucus's bill retains the noxious “free rider” provision on employers.  Rather than a simple employer mandate that forces every employer over a certain size to provide health-care insurance or pay a small fee …
Ezra Klein:
The Baucus Bill: CBO Luvs It  —  The Congressional Budget Office has released its preliminary score (pdf) of Max Baucus's bill.  According to the CBO, the bill covers 94 percent of legal residents and actually reduces the deficit.  More to the point, it keeps reducing the deficit as time goes on.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The Baucus Bill: The Neutered Co-Ops  —  The co-ops have never been a satisfying alternative to the public option.  But the version in Baucus's bill isn't even a satisfying alternative to the co-op option.  It's a neutered version of the co-op idea, which was in turn a neutered version of the public option.
Political Punch:
Blowback in the ACORN Wars  —  Recent videos posted online and aired repeatedly on Fox News Channel that seem to show ACORN workers allegedly advising two 20-somethings dressed up as a pimp and prostitute on how to skirt the law, the community group has taken some major hits as of late.
Hannah Giles / Big Government:
Girl Talk: My Time with Tresa Kaelke  —  **This is a Part II of the ACORN San Bernardino exposé. … [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.  Visit the blog entry to see the video.]  —  Miss Tresa Kaelke came off as the “cool” grandma type: ready to talk, listen and dive into something adventurous.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Acorn  —  Is there a case for a special prosecutor?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Acorn scandal continues to mushroom.  Yesterday published videos from a fourth Acorn office visit by freelance investigators James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles.
Political Punch:
White House Calls ACORN Employees' Behavior ‘Unacceptable’
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
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
New Jersey Poll: Birthers, Truthers, And The Anti-Christ — Oh, My!
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.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Andrew Jackson's mother advises this response to Charles Johnson's lies … Charles Johnson's gutless passive-aggressive act — outrageously libeling me, trying to prevent me from reporting on the 9/12 March on DC, and then falsely claiming that I am attacking him — has been permitted to continue too long.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and The Daley Gator
Alicia M. Cohn / Human Events:
BREAKING: More ACORN Videos To Be Revealed  —  “There are more,” Mike Flynn, Editor-in-chief of new site, told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview this afternoon regarding the number of undercover films exposing ACORN.  Flynn would not reveal the location of the ACORN office …
Alan Riquelmy /
Judge tosses out Army captain's complaint questioning president's birth; Orly Taitz on notice  —  U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land tossed out on Wednesday a complaint by an Army captain fighting deployment to Iraq by questioning the legitimacy of President Barack Obama.
Anita Dunn / Blog:
Reality Check: The Truth About “Czars”  —  Last week, when the President addressed the Joint Session of Congress in a speech on health reform, he referred to some of the untruths - okay, lies - that have been spread about the plan and sent a clear message to those who seek to undermine …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs blasts GOP critics of Obama czars
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Baltimore Sun:
Sword-wielding Hopkins student kills intruder  —  Intruder was repeat offender, released from prison Saturday  —  Hours earlier, someone had broken into John Pontolillo's house and taken two laptops and a video-game console.  Now it was past midnight, and he heard noises coming from the garage out back.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: New Hampshire Senate  —  Ayotte Leads Hodes 46% to 38% in 2010 New Hampshire Senate Match-Up  —  Republican Kelly Ayotte leads Democrat Paul Hodes by eight points in an early look at New Hampshire's 2010 race for the U.S. Senate.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports survey …
Rasmussen Reports:
12% Say Most Opponents of Obama Health Care Plan Are Racist
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 …
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.) …
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Maxine Waters Wants Probe of ‘Birthers’ and ‘Teabaggers’ (AUDIO)
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Jon Stewart to media on ACORN: “Where the hell were you?”  —  Kudos to Jon Stewart, who doesn't sugar-coat the embarrassment at all — to the apparent delight of his audience, who get kudos of their own.  How can the national news media ignore the many allegations of corruption at ACORN …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Jackass!’  —  And here's that video, which shows, above all else, the president as a normal person — and moreover, a normal pol, utterly immersed in the cable-news frivolity he affects to disdain.  —  UPDATE: Not so much: Wiser heads than mine at POLITICO made the call to take down the video of the “jackass” moment.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh Goes Full-On Racist During Rant About School Bus Beating  —  Rush Limbaugh has never hidden his bigoted beliefs, and on Tuesday he went on a racist rant about a highly disturbing incident on a school bus where a black student attacked a white student while other children cheered on.
New York Post:
Duo who turned this trick  —  The two conservative activists who captured ACORN employ ees giving advice on the sex trade and money-laundering only play a pimp and prostitute on video.  —  In real life, Hannah Giles, 20, isn't a lady of the night.  She's a minister's daughter studying jour nalism at Florida International Uni versity.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and theblogprof
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
(Updated & Bumped) Sources: Admin Officials Head to Poland, Czech Rep. to Kill Missile Defense  —  According to reliable sources, Obama administration officials are on their way to Poland and the Czech Republic to deliver very bad news.  The administration intends to cancel completely …
Foreign Policy:
Evaluating Progress in Afghanistan-Pakistan  —  The goal of the United States is to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qa'ida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.  —  Background: During his March 27, 2009 speech announcing our new strategy …
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.
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Health costs to rise again
Associated Press:
Paul Simon Chimes in on Health Care Reform
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
The ‘Racism’ Canard — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Discussion: The New Republic and Dr. Sanity
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Many Americans Doubt Costs, Benefits of Healthcare Reform
Van Jones / Grist:
A message from Van Jones
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAirPundit
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The Man Who Defused the ‘Population Bomb’
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Votes are lined up to appoint a senator
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: W.H. collects Web users' data without notice