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3:00 PM ET, August 31, 2011

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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Sarah Palin Appearance at Tea Party Rally in Iowa ‘No Longer Confirmed’  —  This post has been corrected.  —  Sarah Palin's Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, is on hold, a person close to the former Alaska governor told The Wall Street Journal.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin appearance at Iowa tea party event now in doubt  —  (CNN) - Sources close to Sarah Palin told CNN Wednesday that the former Alaska governor is no longer likely to attend a tea party rally in Iowa on Saturday, an event that's been plagued by logistical issues.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
FreedomWorks to protest Romney  —  A top tea party organizing group, FreedomWorks, is planning to protest Mitt Romney's appearance this weekend at a New Hampshire stop of a bus tour intended to encourage tea party sympathizers to participate in the Republican presidential nominating process.
Discussion: TPMDC and Swampland
Molly Ball / The Politico:   Palin still on for Iowa, organizers say
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin's Participation in Iowa Rally “On Hold”
Discussion: msnbc.com, Campaign 2012 and Wonkette
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell's Iowa appearance back on
Discussion: The Iowa Republican
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama targets GOP for fall offensive  —  “Kill the body, and the head will die.”  — Joe Frazier  —  President Obama is preparing to fight a political war this fall on two fronts — the first against Republicans who want his job and the second against Republicans who want to make his job more difficult.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama schedules jobs address to coincide with GOP 2012 debate  —  President Obama has requested a joint session of Congress next week to deliver his jobs speech directly to lawmakers.  —  In a letter to congressional leaders requesting the Sept. 7 slot, the president said he will urge Congress …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Obama to go big with jobs agenda
Discussion: Lemkin
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama requests time for jobs speech
Discussion: New York Magazine
Keith Laing / The Hill:
White House to push new highway bill
George E. Condon Jr / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Asks for Joint Session of Congress on Sept. 7 to Push Jobs Plan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Cantor finds himself in a tricky spot on hurricane disaster aid  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's insistence that federal disaster aid be offset elsewhere in the budget runs directly counter to his position in the past when the money went to help his Virginia district.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Vermont Dem urges colleagues to help damaged state
Quinnipiac University:
Perry Jumps To The Top Of GOP Pack, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Perry, Romney Each Run Neck And Neck With Obama  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry has zoomed to the front of the line of GOP presidential candidates with a 24 - 18 percent lead over former Massachusetts …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney camp not panicking — yet  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry's surge in the polls is prompting some high-profile Mitt Romney backers to urge the former Massachusetts governor to step up his efforts before it's too late.  —  Romney's high command said that was always the plan …
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Complaint to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger  —  The U.S. government sued to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.  —  The Justice Department complaint was filed today in federal court in Washington.
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New York Times:
The New Resentment of the Poor  —  In a decade of frenzied tax-cutting for the rich, the Republican Party just happened to lower tax rates for the poor, as well.  Now several of the party's most prominent presidential candidates and lawmakers want to correct that oversight and raise taxes …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman to unveil sweeping tax reform  —  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) will propose sweeping tax reforms Wednesday in a speech outlining his jobs plan.  —  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) will propose sweeping tax reforms Wednesday in a speech outlining his plans on job creation.
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN and Politics
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Chris Cillizza / Associated Press:
Jon Huntsman's last, best shot
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman to attack rivals in 2012 jobs speech
Discussion: New York Magazine
Scott McGrew / NBC Bay Area:
Solyndra to Declare Bankruptcy  —  President Obama touted the facility only a year ago.  —  Solyndra — recently touted as an innovator by President Obama — is reportedly shutting its doors.  Employees are being turned away this morning. … Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology in Fremont …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Solar company that received Obama administration backing closes its doors
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Michelle Malkin
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Nevada AG Catherine Cortez Masto Destroys BofA in New Lawsuit  —  Masto lights a stick.  (photo: Jeff Hester)  —  Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto's amended complaint in a lawsuit against Bank of America has so many interesting nuances, I think I need a new Internet to catalog them all.
Discussion: ProPublica
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Bank of America Accused of Breaching Accord
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
How Do Obama's Re-Election Chances Stack Up to Hoover's?  —  This article is making the rounds this morning, suggesting that Obama's got a lock on 2012.  According to a model designed by American University professor Allan Lichtman, which has successfully predicted every election since Reagan …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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Carol Marin / Chicago Sun Times:
State Rep. Deborah Mell has legal gay marriage in Iowa  —  Christin Baker and State Rep. Deborah Mell reveal they got married recently in Iowa.  Tuesday, August 30, 2011 |  Brian Jackson~Sun-Times  —  State Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) quietly made Illinois history last week.  —  She got married.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Where Pay for Chief Executives Tops the Company Tax Burden  —  At least 25 top United States companies paid more to their chief executives in 2010 than they did to the federal government in taxes, according to a study released on Wednesday.  —  The companies — which include household names like eBay …
myfoxny.com:
Fight Beaks Out at Rye Playland Over Muslim Headscarves  —  MYFOXNY.COM - Police from several departments rushed to the Rye Playland amusement park in Westchester County after an altercation broke out between patrons over a tensions over Muslim headscarves.  —  The fight erupted after a …
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NY Daily News:
Muslims, police scuffle at Rye Playland over amusement park's head scarf ban; 15 arrests made
Discussion: Althouse
IPS: Latest Content:
Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging  —  CEOs rake it in while their corporations dodge taxes.
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Some companies pay their CEOs more than Uncle Sam, study says
TheUnion.com Online News:
Babysitting bill in Calif. Legislature  —  Office of Sen. Doug LaMalfa  —  How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers' compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for...babysitters?  Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.
 
 
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Laura Zuckerman / Reuters:
Idaho woman challenges abortion laws after prosecution
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Shakesville
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Automobile-Focused Industrial Policy
Margaret Chadbourn / Reuters:
White House could unveil mortgage plan next week
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP governor urges Obama to reject proposed oil pipeline
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Tanya Sinkovits / CBS St. Louis:
Hazmat Crews at Scott Air Force Base, 3 Hospitalized
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast Loses Appeal In Antitrust Class-Action Suit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
USA Today:
House freshmen push bills that benefit big donors
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Jean-Louis Santini / Agence France Presse:
NASA fears leaving space station unmanned
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