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8:25 AM ET, September 18, 2009


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Baucus and the Threshold  —  So Senator Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has released his “mark” on proposed legislation — which would normally be the basis for the bill that eventually emerges from his committee.  And serious supporters of health care reform will soon face their long-dreaded moment of truth.
Discussion: TalkLeft, TPMCafe and Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
Major Health-Care Reform Challenge Is Affordability  —  Burden on Middle Class Is a Top Concern  —  Lawmakers in both parties raised concerns Thursday that the health-care reform bill offered by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus a day earlier would impose too high a cost on middle-class Americans …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Baucus bill booed at Obama health rally  —  President Obama's mention of Sen. Max Baucus's healthcare proposal drew boos Thursday at a healthcare rally at the University of Maryland.  —  By contrast, the left-leaning crowd cheered Obama when he endorseed a public health insurance option …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Menendez forces immigration debate into healthcare fight
Discussion: Wizbang
Igor / Wonk Room:
Republicans Move Goal Posts On Baucus Health Bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ezra Klein:
Max Baucus's Legitimacy Problem
Discussion: Bloomberg, Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Pelosi chokes up over potential for political violence  —  Never mind, of course, that we've already seen political violence — it's coming from the unions.  And from ObamaCare supporters, such as the protester in Tucson who elbowed a man to the head after disrupting a Tea Party forum.
Discussion: Althouse and GayPatriot
Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb  —  VIENNA (AP) - Experts at the world's top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a secret report seen by The Associated Press.
Oklahoma City, OK:
75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — Only one in four Oklahoma public high school students can name the first President of the United States, according to a survey released today.  —  The survey was commissioned …
National Review:
Indefensible  —  President Obama knows how to put a smile on faces in Tehran and Moscow: This morning, he announced the abandonment of plans to develop a small missile-defense system in Eastern Europe.  —  This overturns one of the major diplomatic and national-security achievements of the Bush years.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Mass. House approves bill that would fill Kennedy seat  —  House lawmakers tonight approved legislation that gives Governor Deval Patrick the power to appoint a temporary successor to the late Edward M. Kennedy in the US Senate, putting Massachusetts on track to have a new senator in place by next week.
Srhee / Boston Globe:
Mass. House gives initial nod to temporary fill-in for Kennedy seat
Discussion: The Caucus and Doug Ross
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Polish PM wouldn't take U.S. calls  —  Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk confirmed today that he declined last night to take a call from the U.S. informing him of the decision to scrap planned missile-defense bases in his country.  —  Two U.S.-based sources close to the Polish government …
Associated Press:
Analysis: ‘Racist’ claims defuse word's power  —  With the word being used so often, it's harder to define its meaning  —  Everybody's racist, it seems.  —  Republican Rep. Joe Wilson?  Racist, because he shouted “You lie!” at the first black president.  Health care protesters, affirmative action supporters?
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Beck vs. Limbaugh  —  GOP media strategist Mark McKinnon thinks there are two people in the world who fear Glenn Beck — even if “neither will admit it.”  —  The first is Barack Obama.  —  The second is Rush Limbaugh.  —  Beck is on a huge roll.  Over the last month …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Americans Prefer Current System to Obama's Health Care Plan  —  Most Americans see no upside for their family in the health care reforms being considered in Washington and don't believe President Obama when he says his plan won't add “one dime” to the federal deficit.
Jimmy Z / Washington Examiner:
ACORN=SEIU  —  Same Physical Address 1024 Elysian Fields, New Orleans  —  SEIU President on ACORN Advisory Board (Andrew Stern)  —  anys12799  —  Maybe we'll see some of the SEIU-ACORN ties in response to the Louisiana Subpoena that requests ACORN and ALL affiliates turn over books and records, and ties to the Rathke guys.
Discussion: RBO, JustOneMinute and NewsReal Blog
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
House votes to cut off funding, but 75 stand by ACORN  —  The House of Representatives just voted overwhelmingly to de-fund ACORN, 345-75.  The vote came on a Republican motion to recommit the educational loan bill.  As a result, the anti-ACORN provision made it into the House-passed bill.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Expand the House?  —  WASHINGTON — In America, democracy follows the simple principle of one person, one vote, right?  —  Unless, that is, you live in Montana, where your vote carries a little more than half as much weight in the House of Representatives as that of someone living in Rhode Island.
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Obama as witch doctor: Racism or satire?  —  (CNN) — Posters portraying President Obama as a witch doctor may be racist, organizers of Tea Party protests say, but they reflect anger about where he is leading the country.  —  The posters, showing Obama wearing a feather headdress …
Discussion: Salon and American Power
FBI quizzes Coloradan again in terror probe  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — A Colorado resident at the center of a federal terrorism probe met with FBI agents for a second day Thursday as his lawyer disputed a report that bomb-making plans were found on the man's computer.
Discussion: CBS4Denver, CBS News and TalkLeft
Will Sentell / WBRZ-TV:
Procedure crafted for handling evolution-materials complaints  —  The state's top school board Wednesday approved procedures for residents who object to materials that challenge the teaching of evolution in public school science classes.  —  The rules, which were praised by evolution critics …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Quds day protests in Iran  —  Opposition activists are planning fresh protests today to coincide with the government-backed Quds day ceremony.  Can the opposition regain momentum since the violent suppression of the unrest over the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?  Follow live updates
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Indiana Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law  —  An Indiana appellate court on Thursday struck down a state law requiring voters to show identification — a law that the United States Supreme Court declared constitutional just last year.  —  The court said the law violated the Indiana constitution by not treating all voters impartially.
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John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
Men and Mascots — By: John Derbyshire
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
O'Reilly backs government health insurance option
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
CBO dismisses co-ops' relevance
Discussion: MyDD and AMERICAblog News
Judith Burns / BBC:
Tiny ancestor is T. rex blueprint
Jon Manel / BBC:
US ‘should take terror detainees’
Discussion: FP Passport and Andy Worthington
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
REPORT: ‘Duplicitous’ …
Warner Todd Huston / Publius Forum:
Obama's Website Quietly Drops Support of Public Option
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul and Sarah Palin: The Ross Perot moment