Need To Read: September 14, 2009

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Today’s must-reads are in an Empire State of Mind:

  • The president is headed to Wall Street today to talk about the economy. What will he say? (WaPo)
  • What does the public really think about the public option? (MoJo)
  • Key GOP senator wants Obama to take public option “off the table.” (NYT)
  • Related news from the department of Republicans wouldn’t think twice: “Massachusetts Democrats wary of Kennedy law change.” (Politico)
  • What’s the deal with those “9/12” protests? (MoJo)
  • Trade war! China retaliates against US tire tariff. (NYT)
  • Things are really not going that well in Afghanistan. (WaPo)
  • Kanye West interrupts President Obama (YouTube)
  • Michael Kinsley: FREE JOE WILSON! (WaPo)
  • Leon Wieseltier reviews Norman Podhoretz’s Why Are Jews Liberals? (NYT Book Review)
  • What does it mean to have a million Twitter followers? (Mediaite)

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