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10:35 AM 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 …
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  —  A new ad advocating for Hillary Clinton for president in 2012 began running in New Orleans Wednesday.  —  (CNN) - We've still got two months left until the 2010 midterm elections, but we now have our first television commercial of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs Program Coming?
Discussion: Eschaton
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Stimulus Ran Out of Steam
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 …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Lost 54,000 Jobs in August; Rate Rose to 9.6%  —  With the American economic recovery showing clear signs of slowdown, private employers added 67,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department said on Friday.  The number was more than forecast.  —  Over all, the nation lost 54,000 jobs in August …
Quick GOP reaction to jobs report  —  Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives wasted no time in responding to the monthly jobs report.  —  “Today's jobs report is a clear demonstration that the American economy still has a long way to go,” said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Minority Whip.
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. payrolls fall less than expected 54,000 in August  —  (Reuters) - U.S. employment fell for a third straight month in August, but the drop was far less than expected and private hiring surprised on the upside, easing pressure on the Federal Reserve to prop up economic growth.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. sues controversial Arizona sheriff in civil-rights investigation
Justice Department lawyers sue Arizona sheriff in civil rights probe
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Pam Key / The Blaze:
KEY OBAMA ALLY WORKS WITH SOCIALISTS FOR GLOBAL TAX  —  “It is possible for us to get a financial tax around the world.”  —  FREELANCER  —  The New Mafia.... I'm sure that none of these people will take a cut of what they take from the evil capitalists.  We had better stop these thugs …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sestak: My Senate race is Bill Clinton's ‘top priority’  —  The Pennsylvania Senate race is now former President Clinton's top political priority this fall, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) asserted Thursday.  —  Sestak, the Democratic candidate in the race, said that he'd spoken to Clinton's people the other day …
Discussion: CNN and TalkLeft
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 …
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 …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Court won't force state to defend Prop.  8  —  (09-02) 16:04 PDT SACRAMENTO — The outlook for the legal defense of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, grew cloudier Thursday as a state appellate court refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown …
Discussion: Law Blog and Red Dog Report
CBS 5 Poll: Tight Fight For Senate, Governor  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer are still in a tight fight for California's U.S. Senate seat, while Meg Whitman is narrowly atop Jerry Brown in the governor's race, according to a newly conducted KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll of California voters released Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
Wyden Defects on ObamaCare  —  The Oregon Democrat breaks ranks with the White House.  —  Most Democrats have come to understand that they can't run on ObamaCare, but few have the temerity of Ron Wyden.  The Oregon Senator is the first to break with the policy underpinnings of the bill he voted for.
Chris Stirewalt /
Former Car Czar Rattner Rats on Obama  —  Former Obama administration car czar Steven Rattner is coming out with a new book that depicts him swashbuckling through the financial crisis and also shows Obama as “out to get” the car companies and the administration making political decisions …
Climate Central:
Chair of IPCC Review Panel Backs Climate Science Assessment Process, Despite Flaws  —  On Monday, Harold Shapiro, a former president of and current economics professor at Princeton University, formally presented the United Nations with a report assessing the procedures of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel …
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.
Steve Bousquet /
Rick Scott picks lawmaker Jennifer Carroll as running mate  —  JACKSONVILLE — It's official.  —  GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott on Thursday morning announced that state Rep. Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville will be his running mate as lieutenant governor.
Kevin Hoffman / The Blotter:
The Facebook photos Tom Emmer doesn't want you to see  —  Minnesota's Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer put his family front and center in his first television ad, his 20-year-old son Tripp making the pitch that his father is “always talking about cutting taxes and reforming government.”
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:
Stephen Hawking: God didn't create universe  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.  —  Hawking says in his book “The Grand Design” that, given the existence of gravity …
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Majority of Az voters favor key provisions of SB 1070
Discussion: The Plum Line
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Democrats To Obama: No Cuts To Social Security
David Catanese / The Politico:
Charlie Crist's strategy: Marginalize Kendrick Meek
Discussion: Florida Times Union
James Lee is Al Gore is Prince Charles is the Unabomber
Felix Salmon:
Microfinance datapoints of the day  —  Here's three takes …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Citizen Group Launches Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign to Stop Higher Energy Taxes
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Quantifying the Enthusiasm Gap
Discussion: MyDD, Moe Lane and Salon
David Frum / FrumForum:
The Purge at Cato  —  The summer's biggest inside-Washington story …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
V-Shaped Dreams Evaporate
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
To Summarize, Bunches and Bunches of House Democrat Incumbents Trail.
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The GOP's new fake racial history
Jerry Cope / The Huffington Post:
No Safe Harbor on Gulf Coast; Human Blood Tests Show Dangerous Levels …
The Huffington Post:
What I Learned Behind the Lines of the Anti-Obama Backlash