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2:20 PM ET, September 16, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
From an Obama Ally, Alarm Bells on Health Reform  —  With apologies to E.F. Hutton: When Ron Wyden talks about health-care reform, people should listen.  When Ron Wyden balks at a Democratic health-care reform proposal, people should definitely listen.  —  The Democratic senator from Oregon …
David Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Baucus Releases Senate Health Care Proposal
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.
Michelle Malkin:
What's missing from the New York Times coverage of ACORN
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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.
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
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
House ethics panel defers Jackson probe
Discussion: The Politico
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
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 …
Discussion: and The Daily Dish
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Rapping Joe's Knuckles  —  Joe Wilson, congressman, argued that Joe Wilson, chucklehead, should not be formally rebuked.  —  It would be a waste of time, he asserted on the House floor where, six days earlier, he had committed his conduct most unbecoming.  —  Other Republicans stepped …
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 …
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Many Employers to Raise Cost of Health Benefits, Survey Finds
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.
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.
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: Atlas Shrugs
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.
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 …
Discussion: and The Moderate Voice
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 …
Evan Miller / The New Argument:
BREAKING: DNC, OFA Dump Demand for the Public Option  —  Organizing for America has dropped the demand for the public option from their open letter to members of Congress.  As recently as Sept. 11, the letter featured on OFA's Health Care Action Center stated that health care reform must:
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.
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
Tony Bartelme / Local News:
Judgment, candor questions led to Sanford security suspension  —  After Gov. Mark Sanford admitted leaving the country for a secret tryst in Argentina, the Department of Homeland Security suspended the governor's security clearance because of questions raised about his “lack of candor” and …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Fight in Congress Looms on Tax Break for Home Buyers  —  DALLAS — When Congress passed an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers last winter, it was intended as a dose of shock therapy during a crisis.  Now the question is becoming whether the housing market can function without it.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Waters: Probe ‘birthers and the teabaggers’ at rallies for racist views
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton Lays Out Iran Requirements
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Obama Backs Extending Patriot Act Spy Provisions
Discussion: Verum Serum and
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rendell: “I'm done running”
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
15 Days and We're Not Meeting the Goal
Discussion: Firedoglake
Don Loos / Big Government:
SEIU: ‘One of the Pillars of the ACORN Family’
NY Daily News:
Elite FBI unit set for more anti-terror raids in Queens
Discussion: The Jawa Report and A Blog For All
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
The Baucus Plan and the Exchanges
Discussion: TalkLeft
Nellie Andreeva / Hollywood Reporter:
Arianna Huffington sets ABC TV series
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN, allies score big win in New York
Discussion: New York Post and Room Eight blogs
John / Power Line:
Bush Speaks, Maybe
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Ignoring a Law on Foreign Relations
Discussion: Weekly Standard

From Mediagazer:

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, and a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023; paying subs were up 38% YoY to 33M but down from 33.5M in Q1

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

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