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10:05 AM ET, September 16, 2009


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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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BAUCUS COMES UP EMPTY ON GOP VOTES.... After months of negotiations, debate, and partisan wrangling, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will unveil his health care reform framework today.  Baucus, who delayed the entire legislative process for months, simply so he could work …
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 …
Max Baucus / Wall Street Journal:
The Senate Is Ready to Act on Health Care
CNN:   Gang of Six Republicans say no to Baucus bill — for now
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.
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.]
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.
Michelle Malkin:
What's missing from the New York Times coverage of ACORN  —  The Fishwrap of Record has finally seen fit to tell its readers about the latest ACORN scandals.  True to form, the New York Times commits grievous sins of omission that whitewash the paper's own role in deliberately covering …
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 …
Duane R. Patterson /   How The New York Times “Covers” The News
Ma'am Talks Regularly with Woman Who Killed her Husband?!?!
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fox News posts full, unedited video of sting on ACORN San Bernardino
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Wizbang
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.
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.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
@kausfiles: Sex, Racism, and Jimmy Carter  —  Roger Simon says John Edwards could rehabilitate himself by becomng the “poster boy for tort reform,” He forgot about the sex tape. ...  6:47 P.M.  —  Jimmy Carter cites racism as anti-Obama factor.  Instant reaction: Kiss of Death.  Gift to the GOPs.
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: Balloon Juice and Pop & Hiss
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: A McMahon in the Senate?  —  World Wresting Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) will formally enter the Connecticut Senate race today, adding a celebrity element to a contest that promises to be among the most competitive in the country.  —  “Washington is out of control …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Linda McMahon running against Dodd
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Hot Air
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.
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.
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 …
John / Power Line:
Bush Speaks, Maybe  —  Matt Latimer, a minor speechwriter in the latter stages of the Bush administration, is trying to cash in on his time in the White House with a new book titled Speech-less.  It isn't out yet, but the first installment has appeared in GQ.
Discussion: Redhot
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 …
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher / Newsday:
DA: Home invaders' ruse involved Obama, health care  —  They were well-dressed when they  —  knocked on the door of a Huntington home last month and said they had information about President Barack Obama's health care plan.  —  That's how they got inside to commit a violent home invasion on Aug. 29, a Suffolk prosecutor said Monday.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Patriot Act Provisions Get Obama Support  —  Administration Wants Some Controversial Policies Renewed  —  The Justice Department has indicated that the Obama administration is in support of renewing a pair of controversial sections of the USA Patriot Act that expire later this year.
Discussion: Open Left
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Obama Back Over 50% In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds …
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul R. Pillar / Washington Post:
Terrorists' Real Haven Isn't on the Ground, It's Online
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Erica Werner / Associated Press:
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ACORN Co-Founder Defends Group's Integrity, Blasts ‘Unfair’ Critics
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