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1:25 PM ET, September 3, 2010

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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House considering major tax breaks for businesses, sources say  —  With the recovery faltering less than two months before the November congressional elections, President Obama's economic team is considering another big dose of stimulus in the form of tax breaks for businesses …
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Lost Jobs in August, but Fewer Than Expected  —  Private job growth in the last three month was stronger than initially estimated, the government said Friday in its August report on unemployment.  —  Still, the economy lost another 54,000 jobs last month, mostly because of the loss …
Wall Street Journal:
The Small Business The 97% Fallacy  —  The president's plan to raise top marginal rates is holding back the very people who should be leading the economic recovery.  —  When Congress returns from its summer recess, members will face a pivotal decision about the expiring Bush tax cuts.
Discussion: The Foundry and Fausta's Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Private Sector Adds 67,000 Jobs  —  U.S. Economy Lost 54,000 Jobs in August; Unemployment Rate Rises to 9.6%  —  Job seekers in Denver waited in line for a career fair to open Sept. 2, 2010.  —  WASHINGTON — Job losses continued to mount in the U.S. economy last month …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRIVATE-SECTOR JOB GROWTH.... In the last post, we talked about the new monthly jobs report, with the chart we've all come to know and love.  But many of you have emailed to suggest it's time for a slightly different chart — one showing just the private sector job market.  —  It's a fair request.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama stands by ‘Recovery Summer’
Discussion: NPR and Michelle Malkin
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs Program Coming?
Discussion: Eschaton
CNN:
Quick GOP reaction to jobs report
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Private hiring surprises with 67,000 new jobs
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alternate History  —  The Democrats could be heading toward a defeat of historic proportions in November, but it is possible to imagine a scenario in which things might have turned out differently:  —  On Dec. 16, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama and his senior aides gathered for a briefing on the state of the U.S. economy.
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Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
The Senate's In Play
Discussion: The Fix and Hot Air
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Meeting Mr. Palin  —  WASILLA, Alaska — The young lady at the desk of the Dorothy Page Museum and Visitor Center has blue hair — not the blue-silver of advanced age, but a punk-rock razor-cut style dyed cerulean blue.  She is friendly and helpful to out-of-towners who stop by the Main Street museum …
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New York Times:
New York Poll Finds Wariness About Muslim Center  —  Two-thirds of New York City residents want a planned Muslim community center and mosque to be relocated to a less controversial site farther away from ground zero in Lower Manhattan, including many who describe themselves as supporters of the project …
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Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats  —  FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama.  —  Enlarge This Image
Dave Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
AFL-CIO president to Sarah Palin: Change or be linked with McCarthyism  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka charged that if Republican political star Sarah Palin is not more careful in her choice of words, the political movement she has helped to create will be linked with 1950s McCarthyism.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sestak backs off Israel letter  —  Bill Kristol and Gary Bauer's hawkish Emergency Committee for Israel has been attacking a series of members of Congress who were among the 54 signatories to a letter, circulated by the liberal group J Street, which pressed Israel to ease conditions in Gaza …
Discussion: Commentary and FrumForum
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Howie Beigelman / ou.org:   US SENATE CANDIDATE JOE SESTAK MEETS WITH ORTHODOX LEADERSHIP
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New evidence undermines feds' case against Arizona  —  You've heard a lot about the Justice Department's lawsuit to stop the new Arizona immigration law.  But that's just one part of the Obama administration's multi-front war on immigration enforcement in Arizona.
Robert B. Reich / New York Times:
How to End the Great Recession  —  THIS promises to be the worst Labor Day in the memory of most Americans.  Organized labor is down to about 7 percent of the private work force.  Members of non-organized labor — most of the rest of us — are unemployed, underemployed or underwater.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Real Story  —  Next week, President Obama is scheduled to propose new measures to boost the economy.  I hope they're bold and substantive, since the Republicans will oppose him regardless — if he came out for motherhood, the G.O.P. would declare motherhood un-American.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Our distracted commander in chief  —  Many have charged that President Obama's decision to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan 10 months from now is hampering our war effort.  But now it's official.  In a stunning statement last week, Marine Corps Commandant James Conway admitted that the July 2011 date is …
The New York Times Company:
Peter Orszag to Write New York Times Op-Ed Column  —  Peter Orszag, economist and former director of the Office of Management and Budget, will become a contributing columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page.  Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, his columns will appear one to two times a month …
JSOnline:
Feingold to miss Obama Labor Day visit  —  Senator cites scheduling conflict  —  When President Barack Obama visits Milwaukee on Labor Day to talk to working families and members of dozens of labor unions, one prominent politician won't be there.  —  A Labor Day schedule released by the staff …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
AP: ‘Combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is’  —  Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 5:30 PM  —  Subject: Standards Center guidance: The situation in Iraq  —  Many AP staffers are producing content that refers to the situation in Iraq.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Put the millionaires' tax money to good use  —  With the economy downshifting into first gear and their poll numbers sagging, the White House and Democratic congressional leaders are desperate for an economic and political game-changer as they head into the November elections.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
TAP Talks To Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Discussion: The Hill
The Huffington Post:
Sharron Angle Claims Unemployment Insurance 'Really Doesn't Benefit Anyone'
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Reihan Salam / National Review:
Brief Thought on GDP Per Hour Worked
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain defends Pawlenty travel
William Wan / Washington Post:
Abstinence program partners Chinese officials with U.S. evangelicals
Discussion: The Wall of Separation and Gawker
Scott Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Want Middle East Peace? Deny Iran Nukes
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Dentist buys Hillary Clinton 2012 ad
Discussion: New York Magazine and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Clout St:
Giannoulias, Kirk neck and neck in Tribune poll for Obama's old Senate seat
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
Wyden Defects on ObamaCare
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Court won't force state to defend Prop. 8
Discussion: Law Blog and Red Dog Report
KPIX-TV:
CBS 5 Poll: Tight Fight For Senate, Governor
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sestak: My Senate race is Bill Clinton's ‘top priority’
Discussion: CNN and TalkLeft
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
James Lee is Al Gore is Prince Charles is the Unabomber