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8:15 PM ET, September 2, 2011

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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama pulls back proposed smog standards in victory for business  —  President Obama abruptly pulled back proposed new national smog standards Friday morning, overruling the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to compel states and communities nationwide to reduce local air pollution in the coming years or face federal penalties.
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The Hill:
White House shelves smog rule in huge defeat for green groups  —  The White House announced Friday that it is shelving a major planned Environmental Protection Agency regulation that would have tightened smog standards, dealing a huge blow to environmentalists that had pushed the Obama administration …
Jeff Gluck / SBNation.com:
Five NASCAR Drivers Decline President Obama's White House Invitation  —  President Barack Obama will honor NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and the 11 other Chase drivers from last year in a White House ceremony on Wednesday - but nearly half of the 2010 playoff contenders won't be there.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Administration Abandons Plan to Tighten Air-Quality Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is abandoning its plan to immediately tighten air-quality rules nationwide to reduce emissions of smog-causing chemicals after an intense lobbying campaign by industry …
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards  —  Over the last two and half years, my administration, under the leadership of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, has taken some of the strongest actions since the enactment of the Clean Air Act four decades ago …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House moves to limit fallout from retreat on clean-air rule  —  The White House moved quickly Friday to try and quell anger from the left over President Obama's decision to shelve planned smog regulations.  —  White House officials vowed Friday to defend other Clean Air Act regulations …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Did the White House double-cross its supporters on the smog rule?  —  (BRIAN NICHOLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS) Get ready to hear a lot about ozone in the coming weeks.  On Friday, in a surprise move, the White House told the EPA to pull back on national standards for ground-level ozone pollution …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Heather Zichal / White House.gov Blog:
Cleaner Air and a Stronger Economy - A Record of Success
Discussion: Politics and The Raw Story
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama's Enron  —  Bush was flayed for Enron.  Where does that put Obama and his green-energy pet?  —  We have seen the future, and it went bankrupt.  —  If the praises of high-ranking Obama-administration officials were a viable business plan, the solar-panel maker Solyndra would be an industrial juggernaut.
Discussion: GlobalWarming.org and Hot Air
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Jon Lovett's written for the president, but will that get him to Hollywood?  —  A young and witty speechwriter for an eloquent but exhausted president escapes a struggling White House and stodgy capital city for Hollywood, where he beats the odds to find fame and fortune writing comedy for more bankable stars.
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New York Post:
The White House mess  —  We will little note nor long remember Wednesday's breathless kerfuffle, with the White House deciding to schedule a speech in front of a joint session of Congress without actually asking Congress first — and planning for it during a long-planned Republican debate.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Instapundit
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
White House received emails about Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation
John Fund / NewsMax.com:
Why Sarah Palin Is Not Running  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Sarah Palin will swoop into Iowa and New Hampshire to speak at tea party rallies this Labor Day weekend …
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Conservative Recovery Teeters Into Recession  —  Looks like we had 17,000 thousand new private sector jobs in August, which were 100 percent offset by 17,000 lost jobs in the public sector.  —  The striking zero result should galvanize minds, but it's worth noting that this has been the trend all year.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
On the road to the ‘conservative recovery’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Science Stunner: Editor of Journal that Published Flawed Denier Bunk Apologizes, Resigns, Slams Spencer for Exaggerations  —  Wow.  Double wow.  Stop the Presses, Deniers!  Your effort to deny basic climate science based on bunkum has met its match.  —  Here's an editorial by Dr. Wolfgang Wagner …
Will Wilkinson / The New Republic:
A Libertarian's Lament: Why Ron Paul Is an Embarrassment to the Creed  —  I don't put much stock in politicians, so I've only twice donated to political campaigns.  In 2006, I tossed a few dollars at the Democrat running for Senate against the loathsome Rick Santorum.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
U.S. Showed No Job Growth in August; Rate Stays at 9.1%  —  The economy showed no job growth in August, the first time there has been no increase in net jobs in the United States in 11 months.  —  The flat performance in the job market was down sharply from a revised 85,000 gain of jobs in July …
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Undocumented workers got billions from IRS in tax credits, audit finds  —  The Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, a new audit says, almost quadruple the sum five years ago.  —  Although undocumented workers …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Regulations, taxes aren't killing small business, owners say  —  WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy.  However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Columnist: Registering Poor To Vote ‘Like Handing Out Burglary Tools To Criminals’  —  Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum is just going to come right out and say it: registering the poor to vote is un-American and “like handing out burglary tools to criminals.”
WhyIhateCca / Firedoglake:
Florida Sheriff Saves $1 Million Over CCA by De-Privatizing Jail  —  Sheriff Michael Page of Hernando County, Florida, is the latest in a line of Sheriffs to inherit the headache that is the county jail.  After being operated by CCA for 22 years, the facility had fallen into exceptional disrepair …
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
YouTuber Charged with Material Support of Terrorism UPDATE: YouTube Account ID'd: AbuDujjana ***STICKY***  —  YouTuber Charged with Material Support of Terrorism  —  UPDATE: YouTube Account ID'd: AbuDujjana  —  ***STICKY***  —  Jubair Ahmad, a 24 year old immigrant from Pakistan living …
Jeffrey T. Kuhner / Washington Times:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s mixed legacy  —  Embrace of victimology tainted his call for a color-blind society  —  In Washington, there now stands a new memorial: a 30-foot-tall granite statue of Martin Luther King Jr. overlooking the Tidal Basin.  For decades, liberals and some conservatives …
Amy Sullivan / Swampland:
Articles of Faith: What Journalists Should Be Asking Politicians About Religion  —  A few weeks ago, I opened up my Twitter feed early in the morning and immediately wondered if I was being punk'd.  Instead of the usual horse race speculation, my colleagues in the political press corps …
Discussion: American Spectator
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Mike Arrington Is Out At TechCrunch  —  TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington no longer works for TechCrunch, says Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group.  —  This contradicts some initial reports of Mr. Arrington's new role …
Barney Frank / Washington Post:
The Senate refuses to consider Obama nominees  —  Once upon a time, we could have expected the following sequence: After considerable debate, Congress would have passed a bill creating an agency.  The president would then nominate someone to head that agency.  That nomination would be considered on its merits by the Senate.
CNNMoney.com:
Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The August jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market.  —  Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984 …
Fox News:
White House Hints at More Economic Speeches, Proposals Ahead  —  In what could be a way of lowering expectations for next Thursday's big economic speech, aides to President Obama are privately spreading word that he will not present his entire jobs plan in his address to a Joint Session of Congress.
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Video cameras barred from Rep. Jim Renacci's Sept. 1 town hall meeting: video  —  Despite a nationwide controversy that erupted last week after Cincinnati GOP Rep. Steve Chabot refused to allow video cameras at a town hall meeting, organizers of a public meeting last night with Wadsworth GOP …
 
 
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New York Post:
‘Spy’ furor for Weprin
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Democracy Now:
U.S. Wasting Billions While Tripling No-Bid Contracts After Decade of War in Iraq, Afghanistan
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Perry pushed bill that could benefit doctor's firm at same time he received ‘unproven’ treatment
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cheney: We considered bypassing Congress on TARP authorization
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch receives $12.5m bonus
Fox News:
Evidence Suggests Cover-Up in ATF Scandal, as More Guns Appear at Crime Scenes
Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Republican Party leader in N.H. quits
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP leaders stop taking credit for job data
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Take the chain-emails away from Perry
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA shifts focus to killing targets
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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
College professor allegedly led motorcycle gang, drug ring [updated]
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The Great Recession and Government Failure
 

 
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