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7:40 PM ET, September 1, 2011

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Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Is Obama Playing Rope-a-Dope?  —  Here was the headline on Yahoo from Wednesday night: Obama bows to Boehner on jobs speech.  —  I can tell you what any progressive who has been paying attention thought, “Oh boy, here we go again.”  —  President Obama has now changed the day of his address to Congress to accommodate the Republicans.
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George Stephanopoulos / Politics:
James Carville: White House ‘Out of Bounds’ Over Speech Flap  —  Democratic strategist James Carville told me that the White House was in the wrong when it requested that the President address Congress on the same night and time as a Republican presidential debate.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
W.H. furious over speech delay  —  It seemed like a trivial matter: On Wednesday, House Republicans forced the president to delay his speech to a joint session of Congress by one day.  —  Who cares?  The White House cares.  Very much.  —  “It is a big deal that the House said ‘no’ to the president …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Speaker John Boehner Should Resign For His Unprecedented Insult To The President  —  The mainstream media, and even some in the liberal opinion media, have completely missed the point of President Obama's dust-up with Speaker John Boehner over the date for Obama's address before a joint session of Congress.
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger at The Washington Post and a policy analyst for MSNBC.  His work focuses on domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system that's constantly screwing it up.  —  Expect Obama Speech to Yield Lots of Talk, No Action: Ezra Klein
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
White House: Send us your petitions
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Economist's View
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:   $1.3T Deficit Projected as Economy Cools
Fawn Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Rolls Out a Jobs Plan That Doesn't Need Congress  —  The president has asked federal agencies to find solutions on their own.  His message to lawmakers: We can do this without you.  —  President Obama is either fed up with Congress or he's testing his own administration's mettle.  Or both.
Rasmussen Reports:
Perry 44% Obama 41%; President Leads Other GOP Hopefuls  —  For the first time this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry leads President Obama in a national Election 2012 survey.  Other Republican candidates trail the president by single digits.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone …
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Joshua Green / Associated Press:
Perry can't exploit key weakness for Romney  —  AS RECENTLY as six months ago, Mitt Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination was widely thought to be doomed because, as governor of Massachusetts, he had signed a health care law strikingly similar to the one President Obama signed last year.
The Huffington Post:
Pima County Repubs Raffle Glock As Fundraiser; Same Gun Type Used in Tucson Shooting … Talk about a killer gimmick.  —  An Arizona Republican fundraiser is offering as a prize the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tucson Republican Leader Slams County GOP For Giffords Gun Raffle  —  Eyebrows shot up all over the country Thursday following news that that the Republican Party in Pima County, AZ — home to Tucson and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D) district — is raffling off a Glock similar to the one used to shoot Giffords in the head in January.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House downgrades 2012 jobs, economic forecasts; cites ‘turbulence’  —  The Obama administration downgraded its forecast for economic growth Thursday, predicting turmoil in the economy will likely keep unemployment above 9 percent through next year's election.
Discussion: The Hill and Pajamas Media
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
White House Report: Unemployment Rate Above 6 Percent Until 2016
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House: Unemployment Will Average 9 Percent In Election Year
Discussion: Swampland and Outside the Beltway
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Perry Proposed A Bi-National Health Insurance Plan With Mexico In 2001  —  Gov. Perry with then-Mexican President Vincente Fox.  —  The ghosts of Gov. Rick Perry's (R-TX) more moderate past have come back to haunt him in recent days, particularly when it comes to health care.
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Big health premium hikes can get ‘Scarlet U’ starting today
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Florida Republicans Fight To Keep ‘Cohabitation’ Of Unmarried Couples Illegal  —  Thousands of unmarried couples who are living together in Florida may be surprised to learn that they are actually breaking the law.  Under outdated and rarely enforced state laws that have been on the books since …
Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
Dude!  Free weed lying on San Jose street snatched up by bystanders  —  It was a pot head's dream: Free marijuana lying on the street for the taking, without a cop in sight.  —  San Jose police say a truck illegally carrying marijuana crashed and ended up on its side near Oakridge Mall early Wednesday …
Foreign Policy:
Lightning Rod  —  As Dick Cheney's punch-throwing memoir hits store shelves, Foreign Policy hosts a freewheeling debate on the legacy of America's most controversial vice president.
Discussion: emptywheel and The Daily Dish
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Vanity Fair:
The 2011 New Establishment List: And the Top Spot Goes to...  This year's New Establishment list identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs—"The Age of Information gives way to a burgeoning Age of Technology," as Graydon Carter puts it.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism  —  Post-'60s liberals, with the president as their standard bearer, seek to make a virtue of decline.  —  If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country.  Some say this destructiveness is intended …
Discussion: The New Republic
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Justice Department Tougher On Abortion Protesters … The Obama Justice Department has been taking a more aggressive approach against people who block access to abortion clinics, using a 1994 law to bring cases in greater numbers than its predecessor.  —  The numbers are most stark when it comes …
New York Post:
Deputy mayor quit after being busted for domestic violence  —  The blizzard didn't bury him — roughing up his wife did.  —  Former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith — who drew sharp criticism for bungling the Christmas storm that shut down the city — actually resigned in disgrace after his wife …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP Israel group launches New York campaign  —  The fact that both candidates in Anthony Weiner's old Democratic-leaning district have criticized Obama on Israel offers the Emergency Committee for Israel some fodder.  —  The video is part of a broader campaign the group is in New York City that's expected …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Is The Great Recession Forcing Graduates Of Elite Colleges Into A Desperate Life Of Rockstardom?  —  As we saw yesterday, the recession's bite has been broad, including on the earnings of recent college graduates.  But this seems to be going a bit far:
Discussion: New York Times and epi.org
Todd J. Gillman / Salt Lake Tribune:
Perry has plenty of ideas on Supreme Court, including term limits  —  One solution the governor embraces is to end lifetime tenure — a cornerstone of the Constitution, whose drafters worried far less about activist or senile judges than about meddling tyrants and political pressure.
Sara Horowitz / The Atlantic Online:
The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time  —  Welcome to the Gig Life.  The boom in independent work is changing the way we think about jobs and careers.  Does Washington get it?  —  REUTERS  —  It's been called the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Weprin / Jewish Press:
TURNER VS. WEPRIN - IN THEIR OWN WORDS  —  By: … The Jewish Press: You're running in a heavily Democratic district, yet a recent poll showed you ahead by just 6 points.  —  Weprin: Turner ran [last] November and got 40 percent [against Anthony Weiner] and this latest poll has him at 42 percent - just a two-point increase.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
CNET News:
Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive)  —  Cava22, the San Francisco bar where another unreleased iPhone apparently went missing.  —  In a bizarre repeat of a high-profile incident last year, an Apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar, CNET has learned.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lieberman: Obama's concern with offending Muslims hurts war effort  —  The Obama administration's fear of offending Muslims will hurt the U.S. war against terrorism, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Thursday in a speech blasting the president's new counterterrorism strategy.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman:
Iceland Exits  —  Iceland is no longer under an IMF program; here's the IMF report (pdf) pronouncing the adjustment program successful.  Indeed.  Iceland still has high unemployment and is a long way from a full recovery; but it's no longer in crisis, it has regained access to international capital markets …
Discussion: The Agonist
Matthew Schofield / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
WikiLeaks: Iraqi children in U.S. raid shot in head, U.N. says  —  This cell phone photo was shot by a resident of Ishaqi on March 15, 2006, of bodies Iraqi police said were of children executed by U.S. troops after a night raid there.  A State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks quotes …
 
 
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Rick Perry's donors fare well, Texas-style
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Romney=Kerry; Perry=Dean?  —  In my print column this week …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberal House Democrats urge ‘bold action’ from Obama on jobs issue
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Associated Press:
Schweitzer fined $4,100 in ethics case
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Matthew J. Slaughter / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
The crucial connection between potholes and U.S. jobs
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