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09.06.09

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Newt thinks Obama’s school speech is “good for America,” Howard Dean claims Van Jones was “brought down,” and George Will takes on the neocons. That and more in our Sunday roundup.

Howard Dean: Van Jones ‘Brought Down’ by the Right

Beware of people waving clipboards, or so says former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean. Dean argued on Fox News Sunday that Van Jones, who resigned as green-jobs czar on Sunday, was “brought down” by conservative critics.

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Robert Gibbs Tiptoes Around Van Jones Resignation

The Jones controversy continued on This Week. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded (sort of) to the surprise resignation of Jones by saying that President Obama accepted his resignation, but he kept his distance from Jones’ talk of "smears."

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Newt Backs Obama on School Speech

Many conservatives have spoken up this week against Obama’s upcoming speech to schoolchildren, but guess who didn’t on Fox News Sunday? Newt Gingrich told Chris Wallace that like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s stay-in-school messages, Obama’s speech will also be “good for America.”

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Minnesota Politicians Offer John King Bacon

CNN’s John King shot this week’s episode of State of the Union from the Minnesota State Fair, where King got a taste of some real “pork-barrel politics.” He sat down with the Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and while the two might have shared a difference of opinion on health care, they agreed on one thing: They sure love their bacon.

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David Axelrod Steps Back From Public Option?

White House adviser David Axelrod made headlines Sunday in a statement on Meet the Press that seemed to suggest the administration was open for compromise on the idea of a government-provided health insurance, saying it "should not define the whole health-care debate." And on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was equally vague. Obama is expected to get into specifics on the proposed bill Wednesday, but are comments like these helping to clear up the confusion?

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George Will Ready for Battle on Afghanistan Debate

Remember George Will’s column "Time to Get Out of Afghanistan"? Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen on This Week With George Stephanopoulos publicly disagreed with the pundit’s war strategy, but Will told Stephanopoulos “we’re gonna have a debate, and there’ll be plenty of brass on my side.”

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Education Secretary: ‘Hoopla’ of School Speech ‘Just Silly’

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared on Face the Nation Sunday to defend the president’s upcoming speech. The real question, he says, is why it’s been so long (18 years) since a president spoke to the nation’s youth. Obama will make his address at noon on Tuesday.

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