Need To Read: September 10, 2009

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Today’s must reads think Barack Obama is a LIAR!

  • “My Advice Is He Apologize Immediately” (WaPo)
  • David Corn: Obama’s Speech: The Doctor Is In (MoJo)
  • E.J. Dionne: Obama Fires Back On Health Care Reform (WaPo)
  • Jim Ridgeway: Good Speech, Muddled Politics (MoJo)
  • We’re Really Not Kidding: The Supreme Court Is Probably Going to Allow Unlimited Corporate Donations In Federal Elections (MoJo)
  • US Says Iran Has Ability To “Expedite” Nuke (NYT)
  • Black Sea Port a Flashpoint for Georgia and Russia (NYT)
  • Google Plans to Help Newspapers Charge for Content (NYT/Bits Blog)
  • Great War Reporting From McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay (McClatchy)
  • What Birthers Believe (YouTube)
  • GOP Lawmaker’s Graphic Sex-Bragging Caught On Tape (TPM)
  • How Medicare Is Communist—Really! (The Economist)

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We just wrapped up a shorter-than-normal, urgent-as-ever fundraising drive and we came up about $45,000 short of our $300,000 goal.

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