Need To Read: September 3, 2009


Today’s must-reads think it’s panic time on health care:

  • “It’s so important to get a deal,” a White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid about strategy. “He will do almost anything it takes to get one.” (NYT)
  • Obama set to address Congress on health care. (WaPo)
  • Jacob Hacker, public option godfather: dropping public option would be “stupid” and “premature.” Jerrold Nadler, liberal Dem congressman: dropping public option could “split” the party. (MoJo)
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) may end up basically writing the health care bill, if there is one. (Ezra Klein/WaPo)
  • Another jobless recovery? The Fed thinks “maybe.” (WaPo)
  • Ted Kennedy’s soon-to-be-published memoir addresses Chappaquiddick. (WaPo)
  • Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to run for Kennedy’s senate seat? (AP)
  • Arizona’s school voucher program is breathtakingly messed up. (Education Sector)
  • Embassy Guards Gone Wild: The NSFW Pictures (MoJo)
  • What libertarians really think about health care reform. (The Economist)

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