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10:15 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.
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senior Democrat turns healthcare debate into fight over immigration
Discussion: Wizbang
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:
AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Snowe: I Haven't Changed, My Party Has  —  It would be easy to over-interpret this statement from Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), but it would be a mistake to dismiss it.  —  “I've always been a Republican for the traditional principles that have been associated with the Republican party since …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SNOWE: ‘MY PARTY HAS CHANGED’.... It seems unlikely that Sen …
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Michelle Obama Plans Dramatic Pitch for Olympics, Jarrett Says  —  Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — A top White House adviser said first lady Michelle Obama is planning to make a dramatic presentation when she offers the closing argument for the bid by her hometown of Chicago to win the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Michelle Obama Gets Her Farmers Market
Los Angeles Times:
Pro- and anti-government marchers face off in Tehran  —  Ahmadinejad, blasting Israel on the occasion of Quds Day, questions the Holocaust and blames “Zionists” for Mideast wars.  —  Reporting from Tehran and Beirut — Tens of thousands of demonstrators chanting, “Not Gaza, not Lebanon …
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Quds day protests in Iran
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
Wall Street Journal:
Bankers Face Sweeping Curbs on Pay  —  Fed Plans to Limit How Lenders Can Structure Compensation for Executives, Traders, Loan Officers; 5,000 Firms Affected  —  Policies that set the pay for tens of thousands of bank employees nationwide would require approval from the Federal Reserve …
Captain Steve / Washington Examiner:
CALLASHWAC  —  Such audacious payback to Immelt is stunning.  Typical.  We are going down the tubes, America.  —  GE own NBC too. . .the National Barack Channel.  —  Huge bailout dollars went to GE, and Immelt is on Obummer's financial advisory board.  Very corrupt!  —  Sep 17, 2009
Wall Street Journal:
Mandatory Insurance Is Unconstitutional  —  Why an individual mandate could be struck down by the courts.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Federal legislation requiring that every American have health insurance is part of all the major health-care reform plans now being considered in Washington.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care  —  Republicans see a backdoor move toward ‘amnesty’  —  President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Tell Mike Ross and Blanche Lincoln to Act Like Democrats - Or We'll Find Someone Who Will  —  Blanche Lincoln says she opposes a public option because it's “too expensive.”  She doesn't mention that it will save individuals $2000 a year in medical costs.  —  Mike Ross says he opposes …
Discussion: The Nation and Facing South
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 …
Brian M. Rafferty / Queens Tribune:
Pagan ‘King’ Has Council GOP Nod  —  Dan Halloran, the Republican candidate for City Council facing primary winner Kevin Kim in the 19th District, already has a leadership role in a vast community that very few people know about - or understand.  —  Halloran is the “First Atheling,” or King …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Moe Lane
Washington Post:
Duo in ACORN Videos Say Effort Was Independent  —  Duo in Sting Video Say Their Effort Was Independent  —  The proposition was outrageous, outlandish, and right up James E. O'Keefe III's alley.  Hannah Giles was on the phone from the District, and she was asking him to dress like her pimp …
Wall Street Journal:
The Acorn 75  —  The only way they'd defund the outfit is if it endorsed the war in Iraq or Afghanistan.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Yesterday the House voted 345-75 to ban all federal funding for the scandal-plagued advocacy group Acorn.  Coming on the heels of the Census Bureau's dissociation …
Michael Silence / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Memo to the DNC: What were you thinking?  —  The add essentially takes a non-issue for a vast majority of people and reminds the world how many czars Obama has.  Geez.  Talk about keeping a story alive.  The RNC should list the ad as an in-kind contribution.
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Dana Loesch / Big Government:
Taxpayer Funded Filtering Activists to ACORN
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael Riley / Denver Post:
Sen. Bennet wins Obama's support
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Katherine Mangu-Ward / Reason:
“If We Can't Stop It, We Can't Stop Anything”
Discussion: Big Government
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Housing Agency's Cash Reserves Will Drop Below Requirement
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
Once Upon an ACORN: Why ACORN's Internal Audit is a Sham
Discussion: A Blog For All and ACORN
Will Sentell / WBRZ-TV:
Procedure crafted for handling evolution-materials complaints
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
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Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
House backs an interim senator
Judith Burns / BBC:
Tiny ancestor is T. rex blueprint
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Obama as witch doctor: Racism or satire?
Discussion: Salon and American Power