Need To Read: September 9, 2009

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White House photo.White House photo.President Barack Obama attended the investiture ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor yesterday. This week, the Supreme Court is deciding whether restrictions on corporate money in federal elections are really all that necessary. Tonight, the president will address Congress (and the nation) on health care reform. Here are today’s must-reads:

  • Marc Ambinder, Official Voice of Center-Left JournoWisdom: How Obama Survived August (The Atlantic)
  • Health Care Reform’s Prospects Are Better Than You Think (NYT)
  • Our Own Kevin Drum Could Have Told You All This On Friday (MoJo)
  • Paul Krugman: Why The Public Option Matters (NYT)
  • The Max Baucus WellPoint/Liz Fowler Health Plan (FDL)
  • Consumers Paid Off Record Amounts of Debt in July. This Is Apparently Bad for the Economy (LAT)
  • What’s Really Behind the Van Jones Attack (MoJo)
  • DOJ: Blackwater Contractor Saw Iraq As 9/11 Payback (MoJo)
  • No, I’m Not Linking to Sarah Palin’s Op-Ed (It’s In the WSJ)

I post articles like these throughout the day on twitter. You should follow me, of course. David Corn, Mother Jones’ DC bureau chief, also tweets. So do my colleagues Daniel Schulman and Rachel Morris and our editors-in-chief, Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein. Follow them, too! (The magazine’s main account is @motherjones.)

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