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12:20 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 …
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:
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 …
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: Fausta's Blog
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama stands by ‘Recovery Summer’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs Program Coming?
Discussion: Eschaton
Quick GOP reaction to jobs report
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Private hiring surprises with 67,000 new jobs
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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
The Politico:
Few options for Barack Obama on 9/11  —  Every year it's a challenge for the White House: how to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  This year is especially awkward, given the controversy around President Barack Obama's remarks in support of an Islamic cultural center …
Aharding / CNN:
Hillary Clinton for president ad hits airwaves
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Dentist buys Hillary Clinton 2012 ad
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
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Anti-Democratic Sentiment Aids GOP Lead in 2010 Vote  —  Many Republican voters say they are voting “against the Democrat”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Republicans' lead in the congressional generic ballot over the past month may be due as much to voters' rejecting the Democrats as embracing the Republicans.
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
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.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Stimulus Ran Out of Steam  —  Last week, the bottom seemed to fall out of the economy all at once.  Second-quarter growth was revised downward.  The Dow dropped below 10,000.  Sales of single-family homes plunged to their lowest level in 15 years.  The White House appeared helpless.
Washington Post:
New tax breaks for business on table
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Put the millionaires' tax money to good use
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Senate poll: Giannoulias, Kirk neck and neck  —  Cash could be deciding factor as Tribune/WGN-TV survey finds weak spots for both candidates  —  Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk are wounded rivals running neck and neck for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
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.
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 …
TRENDING: Palin's ‘impotent’ comments make rounds  —  Sarah Palin has set the blogosphere ablaze again.  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin has managed to set the blogosphere ablaze again, this time after appearing to use sexual metaphors to slam mainstream media reporters who rely on anonymous sources.
Discussion: Weigel, Weasel Zippers and Advocate
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 …
Charles Leaf /
Mosque Investor Was Terror Contributor  —  MYFOXNY.COM - Fox 5 News reported Thursday that one of the financial backers of the Islamic mosque and cultural center project in Lower Manhattan once contributed to a terror group, although the investor says the contribution was made because he thought …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain defends Pawlenty travel  —  Senator John McCain made a stop onto Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's radio show this morning, going out of his way to defend what's become a local problem for Pawlenty — his national political travel.  —  “You are working hard for the people of Minnesota …
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
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Harry Reid Campaign: Saying ‘War is Lost’ Helped Win the War!  —  Harry Reid is a genius when it comes to military tactics — just ask him.  —  The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently questioned the Harry Reid and Sharron Angle campaigns on various issues.  —  Here's part of the Reid …
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