Need To Read: September 8, 2009

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The president will speak to schoolchildren today; he plans to address a joint session of Congress tomorrow. Which audience will behave more maturely? Today’s must-reads aren’t sure.

  • Why Health Care Reform Survived August (The New Republic)
  • Max Baucus, Senate Finance Committee May Actually Move Health Care Reform Forward After All (NYT)
  • The Supreme Court Might Let Corporations Pour Unlimited Amounts of Cash Into Politicians’ Campaign Coffers (WaPo)
  • Why That Might Be A Bad Idea (NYT)
  • Van Jones and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Poison (MoJo)
  • Newt Gingrich Is The GOP’s Voice of Reason? (TPM
  • Why Isn’t Mitch McConnell Leading the GOP’s Fight on Health Care Reform (MoJo)
  • Joe Kennedy, Ted’s Nephew, Not Running for Senate (Boston Globe)

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