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Sens. Hatch, Alexander and Wyden take to the op-ed pages on health care reform and energy. Plus: What do Obama and Ross Perot have in common?

• The Wall Street Journal denounces the health care bill Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus introduced Wednesday, arguing that it would make insurance more expensive.

• In the New York Times, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., maintains that all health care reform proposals currently on the table don't provide enough insurance company competition for all Americans.


USA Today contends that Republicans' staunch opposition to reform "leaves Democrats little choice but to move ahead on their own to overhaul the nation's capricious and unsustainably costly medical care system."

• "By focusing on areas of compromise rather than strife, we can reach consensus on a financially responsible and targeted bill that could earn the support of Republicans," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, counters in an opposing view.

• In the Wall Street Journal, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) writes that his state's health care system "can serve as a model for national reform."


Gail Collins doesn't see much hope in Congress' actions on health care reform, but she praises the student loan bill and expresses optimism that it will pass.

• "Will the bitter, smoldering feelings let loose by Washington's health-care fight ricochet across the Potomac River and decide Virginia's race for governor?" E. J. Dionne Jr. wonders.

Joan Vennochi speculates on the Senate bid of Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., to take the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. She observes that "some keepers of Camelot's flame are ready to adopt him."

• Writing in Politico, Republican National Chairman Michael Steele says he's "outraged that Democrats today, including former president Jimmy Carter, are injecting race into the debate over President Obama's policies."


• The New York Times urges Congress and the administration to support a federal shield law, which the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to consider today.

Steve Chapman compares Obama to former presidential candidate Ross Perot.

• The Washington Post criticizes Obama for "slapping a stiff tariff on Chinese tire imports."

David S. Broder speculates that the "ramifications" of the rubber tire import dispute with China "may have greater consequences" than initially thought.

• Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., criticizes Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's recent decisions to use federal lands to generate energy, and he fears that "we are going to destroy the environment in the name of saving the environment."

• Referencing the many apologies given in the public sphere lately (i.e., Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., Serena Williams and Kanye West), Margaret Carlson slams Wall Street bankers for not apologizing for "bringing the country to financial ruin."

• Noting how fast Congress formally rebuked Wilson, the Chicago Tribune wants lawmakers to punish Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., just as "swiftly and forthrightly."

David Ignatius contends that it's time for a "new approach to intelligence," emphasizing that agencies like the CIA will need to exhibit a "degree of transparency with Congress and the public that may make the intelligence community uncomfortable."

Roger Cohen asserts that Obama "was right" to accept the Iranian platform called "Cooperation for Peace, Justice and Progress" as "an entrée to talks that will begin Oct. 1."

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