Need To Read: September 17, 2009

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Today’s must-reads:

  • Five ways to improve the Baucus bill (Ezra Klein)
  • The proponent of one of those five ways talks it up (Sen. Ron Wyden/NYT)
  • The worst policy in the Baucus bill, and possibly in the world (Ezra Klein)
  • Chart comparing Baucus bill’s affordability with Massachusetts’ plan (Nicholas Beaudrot)
  • Retailers battle credit card fees (WaPo)
  • Court okays Haliburton rape case involving Iraq contractor–which had been blocked partly due to Dick Cheney. (MoJo)
  • Real-life “Norma Rae” dies after battle with insurance company (MoJo
  • “Obama refuses to be their n*****. And it’s driving them crazy.” (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
  • Are Obama’s judges really liberal? (The New Yorker)

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