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9:30 AM ET, September 9, 2011

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Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama's jobs plan paid for?  Seems not  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's promise Thursday that everything in his jobs plan will be paid for rests on highly iffy propositions.  —  It will only be paid for if a committee he can't control does his bidding …
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The Politico:
Obama jobs speech transcript: Full text (as prepared for delivery)  —  Remarks of President Barack Obama in an Address to a Joint Session of Congress  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans:  —  Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Setting Their Hair on Fire  —  First things first: I was favorably surprised by the new Obama jobs plan, which is significantly bolder and better than I expected.  It's not nearly as bold as the plan I'd want in an ideal world.  But if it actually became law, it would probably make a significant dent in unemployment.
The White House:
THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT  —  1. Tax Cuts to Help America's Small Businesses Hire and Grow  — Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of businesses: The President's plan will cut in half the taxes paid by businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On the Tone and Structure of the Obama Jobs Speech  —  1) In his appraisal, the Atlantic's Chris Good said that the speech's refrain — pass this jobs bill; you should pass it right away — amounted to a kind of begging to Congress.  That may be the President's real situation.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Pushes $447 Billion Jobs Plan in Address to Congress  —  President Obama took the bully pulpit tonight before a divided Congress and disillusioned electorate, laying out a $447 billion legislative package meant to spur job creation and put more money in the pockets of consumers, and do it quickly.
The White House:
Address by the President to a Joint Session of Congress  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, and fellow Americans:  —  Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.  We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions …
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Obama gives campaign speech to liberals  —  President Obama's jobs speech was one of the weaker addresses of his presidency.  The delivery was rushed, the laundry list of policies were rehashed from prior speeches and his constant refrain emploring Congress to “pass this jobs bill” …
Wall Street Journal:
The Latest Jobs Plan  —  More temporary and targeted tax cuts and spending increases.  —  If President Obama's economic policies have had a signature flaw, it is the conceit that by pulling this or that policy lever, by spending more on this program or cutting that tax for a year …
New York Post:   Obama talks a big game — but offers more of same
Macroeconomic Advisers / Macroadvisers:
American Jobs Act: A Significant Boost to GDP and Employment
Discussion: Washington Monthly
George E. Condon Jr / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Proffers $447 Billion Jobs Plan; Urges Fast Action
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: What's in the president's jobs plan, and what comes next
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP chairman opposes Obama's call for national infrastructure bank
Discussion: Democracy in America
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Feds: Zawahiri Launched Al Qaeda Terror Plot for 9/11 Anniversary  —  U.S. authorities are scrambling to sort through information that the CIA developed in the past 24 hours indicating that at least three individuals entered the U.S. in August by air with the intent to launch a vehicle-borne attack …
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NBC New York:
9/11 Anniversary Terror Plot Probed, NYPD on High Alert  —  The city can expect more checkpoints along bridges, tunnels and subways.  —  New Yorkers can expect to see extra subway bag checks, vehicle checkpoints and more police officers throughout the city as U.S. intelligence officials …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Jacqueline Kennedy Reveals That JFK Feared an LBJ Presidency  —  President John F. Kennedy was so “worried for the country” about the prospect that Vice President Lyndon Johnson might succeed him as president that he'd begun having private conversations about who should become …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Jacqueline Kennedy on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The irrelevancy of the Obama presidency  —  President Obama gave one of the most impassioned speeches of his presidency when he addressed a joint session of Congress Thursday night.  Too bad so many in the audience thought it was a big, fat joke.  —  “You should pass this jobs plan right away!”
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Obama gets cool response from Republicans, even some Dems
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
My meeting with CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver  —  I met with Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cleaver, yesterday, Wednesday, September 7th, fellow colleague Rep. Wm.  Lacy Clay, CBC Executive Director Angela Rye,and my own Chief of Staff was also present.
Discussion: TPMDC and Naked Politics
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Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
West to stay in Black Caucus
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
We Are All Ponzi Schemers Now  —  I know I should ignore this.  Ignore, ignore, ignore.  You can do it, Kevin!  —  But no. I'm hopeless.  Here is Reason's Shikha Dalmia on why Social Security isn't a Ponzi scheme, it's worse than a Ponzi scheme: … Forget the business about the surplus.
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Kyl threatens to quit supercommittee over further defense cuts  —  A senior Republican senator said Thursday he would have declined a seat on the congressional supercommittee if further Pentagon budget cuts were on the table.  —  The disclosure by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) …
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
The Gladney-ization of America: Trumka sits with First Lady After AFL-CIO Took Hostages  —  Earlier this morning 500 or so members of the AFL-CIO stormed a port in Washington, vandalized the facility, reportedly cut the brake lines of train cars, and held six guards hostage.  Shockingly, no one was arrested.
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Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Carol Bartz exclusive: Yahoo “f—ed me over”  —  FORTUNE — Here is what Carol Bartz thinks of the Yahoo (YHOO) board that fired her: “These people f—ed me over,” she says, in her first interview since her dismissal from the CEO role late Tuesday.  —  Last evening, barely 24 hours …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate sinks debt-ceiling disapproval bill  —  In a 45 to 52 vote on Thursday night, the Senate failed to advance a resolution that would have disapproved of a pending $500 billion increase in the nation's debt ceiling.  —  Under the debt-ceiling agreement reached in early August …
 
 
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