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5:40 PM ET, September 7, 2011

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Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Confronting Disappointment  —  On Friday afternoon, as brave and committed activists continued their non-violent civil disobedience outside the White House in protest of the tar sands pipeline that would lead to a massive increase in global warming pollution, President Obama ordered the EPA …
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Campaign Challenge: Defining Obama  —  LOS ANGELES — President Obama may have escaped the burden of a Democratic primary challenger.  Yet the battle to define him is rapidly escalating — not only by Republicans competing to run against him, but also within his own team inside the White House.
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Barbara Boxer: I hope greens sue President Obama  —  Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer said she hopes green groups sue President Barack Obama over his decision to punt a regulation curbing smog-creating emissions until at least 2013.
Dan Berman / The Politico:
Al Gore: Obama bows to polluters
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ThinkProgress
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Brown: ‘Uncle Omar’ should be deported
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
White House could take bigger role in vetting costly regulations ahead of 2012
Discussion: Washington Post and The Politico
John Matthews / 630 WMAL:
WMAL EXCLUSIVE: LISTEN - Obama's New Rule For Political Civility
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's whopper of a claim on tax cuts  —  “We said working folks deserved a break , so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets.”  —  The president's Labor Day speech in Detroit featured …
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Obama plan: 100s of billions for jobs  —  With the economy struggling and his re-election campaign gearing up, President Barack Obama plans to propose a jobs package worth several hundred billion dollars, mostly in tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and direct aid to state and local governments, according to reports on Wednesday.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Old Tax Relief Seen as Anchor in Obama Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The centerpiece of the job creation package that President Obama plans to announce on Thursday — payroll tax relief for workers and perhaps their employers — is neither his first policy choice nor that of many economists.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Sen. Sessions: GOP will oppose new spending on jobs from Obama
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Don Surber
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Karl Rove: Rick Perry's Extreme Views On Social Security Are ‘Toxic’  —  This morning on ABC, Karl Rove said Rick Perry's extreme views on Social Security — detailed in his book “Fed Up!”  — are “toxic” both in the Republican primary and the general election.  Rove also dismissed Perry's response thus far as “inadequate.”
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry begins to show his hand on Social Security
Discussion: Hot Air
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
In advance of the Reagan revelry
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Rove: ‘Fed Up!’ Perry's ‘greatest challenge’
Fox News:
Pelosi Peeved Republicans Opt Out of Rebuttal to Obama Speech  —  Republicans have decided they're not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama's jobs speech later this week, a decision House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took as a high affront to the White House.
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Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
NBC picks Packers over Obama in Milwaukee  —  He probably didn't know it at the time, but when President Obama greeted Green Bay Packers quarterback (and California Golden Bears alum) Aaron Rodgers at the White House this August, he was shaking hand with the competition.  And not because Obama is a Chicago Bears fan.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats fear it's too late
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Enough  —  “[A]t some point, Sarah Palin has to take some responsibility for her supporters as Ron Paul must for his.  Palin's dragging out the tease on her decision has compounded the problem and we've reached a breaking point.”  —  On Fox News, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham had the best discussion on Sarah Palin I have seen.
Anthony Man / Broward Politics:
Congressman Allen West says 9/11 lessons unlearned, sees threat from radical Islam  —  Congressman Allen West said Wednesday the nation hasn't learned the lessons from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks largely because political correctness is hobbling political leaders from confronting the threat he sees from Islamic extremists.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
At 9/11 Event, Rep. Allen West Slams ‘The Desire To Be A Multi-Cultural America’
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Like Fox News, Washington Post, USA Today And CNN All Run Hoffa Comments Out Of Context  —  This is what happens when the mainstream press chases manufactured, right-wing media controversies: The alleged stories are built upon lies and when trying to detail the faux controversies …
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Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Poll: Republicans View Perry As Most Electable Nominee
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
Anne Jolis / Wall Street Journal:
The Other Climate Theory  —  Al Gore won't hear it, but heavenly bodies might be driving long-term weather trends.  —  In April 1990, Al Gore published an open letter in the New York Times “To Skeptics on Global Warming” in which he compared them to medieval flat-Earthers.
Discussion: Power Line
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Obama ‘star’ of Palestinian ad  —  President Barack Obama is the unlikely star of a new Palestinian media campaign.  —  Part of a speech Obama gave in 2010 to the United Nations General Assembly is featured in an ad aimed to rally support for the Palestinians upcoming bid for statehood …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Liberals Finally See the Obama We've Seen All Along  —  Hey, remember when it was an unhinged, unfair, right-wing smear to charge that Obama was obliviously and aloofly golfing his way through a four-year national recession?  —  Yeah, check out the cartoon of Tom Toles …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Rolling Stone:
Obama and Jobs: Why I Don't Believe Him Anymore  —  I was in an airport in Florida yesterday and was forced into a terrible, Sophie's Choice-type choice.  —  I was hours early for a flight and stuck in a relatively small terminal crammed with people.  Only one area in the whole wing had empty seats …
Jenna Sachs / WITI:
Protesters arrested after disrupting luncheon featuring Cong. Paul Ryan  —  Equal number of protesters, supporters were at event  —  More than 40 police officers came to control the crowds at Whitnall Park Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon where Congressman Paul Ryan was invited to speak.
host.madison.com:
Top DOT official tells staff not to mention free voter ID cards to the public — unless they ask  —  An internal memo from a top Department of Transportation official instructs workers at Division of Motor Vehicles service centers not to tell members of the public that they can obtain voter …
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
5 Kicked Out and 3 Arrested at Paul Ryan Town Hall For Asking Questions  —  Paul Ryan held his PPV town hall event at Klemmer's Banquet Hall, in Milwaukee.  When some protesters who had paid their $15 stood up and asked him questions about jobs and the Bush tax cuts, Ryan not only had them kicked out.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Seeks To Call GOP Bluff By Pushing Clean Emergency Disaster Relief Bill  —  Sensing an advantage after some Republicans claimed disaster relief funding should be offset with cuts to other programs, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a vote on a clean, stand-alone, $6 billion disaster relief bill.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Many in U.S. slip from middle class, study finds  —  Nearly one in three Americans who grew up middle-class has slipped down the income ladder as an adult, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.  —  Downward mobility is most common among middle-class people who are divorced …
 
 
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Greater Recession: The Real Reason Americans Feel So Squeezed
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Whole Truth and Nothing But
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Andrew C. McCarthy / The New Criterion:
The ruler of law
Discussion: National Review and The Daily Dish
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama's Biggest Challenge Thursday, One Of His Own Making
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Under the Bus: A Pack of Pouting Greens
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