Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for September 2, 2009:

Washington Post: Time to Act Like a President

Washington Times: Terrorism suspect Zazi pleads not guilty in court

Washington Examiner: Without Bush, media lose interest in war caskets

N.Y. Times: Study Indicates Higher Rate of Dementia in Former N.F.L. Players

L.A. Times: Toyota to recall 3.8 million vehicles

USA Today: Four teens charged in fatal beating of Chicago student

CQ Politics: Virginia’s Deeds Touts Support from Ex-Governors

The Hill: Rockefeller’s public option defeated 8-15 in Senate Finance Committee

Politico: The left aims for critics’ jugular

ABC News: Roman Polanski Rep Says Justice Has Already Been Served

CBS News: Boy: Mom Kept Me in Closet for 4 1/2 Years

Fox News: Teen Chops Off Father’s Hands for Alleged Abuse

MSNBC News: 8.0 magnitude quake hits off American Samoa

CNN: TLC drops Jon and keeps Kate

Wall Street Journal: Why Medical Malpractice Is Off Limits

NPR: Madeleine Albright’s Jewelry-Box Diplomacy

Roll Call: Rich Senator, ‘Poor’ Senator

National Journal: Rape Victim’s Father Seeks Justice

Bloomberg News: FDIC Proposes Banks Prepay Deposit Fees Through 2012

Gallup.Com: Gallup Economic Weekly: Spending Trails Confidence, Jobs