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1:50 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’
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs Program Coming?
Discussion: Eschaton
CNN:
Quick GOP reaction to jobs report
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
(Reuters) - U.S. employment fell for a third straight month in August …
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  —  For much of this year, it seemed a near mathematical impossibility that Republicans could score the 10-seat net gain needed to flip the Senate, which is split between 59 Democrats (including two independents who caucus with Democrats and largely vote with the party) and 41 Republicans.
Discussion: The Fix, Hot Air and Pundit & Pundette
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
New York Times:
New York Poll Finds Wariness for Muslim Site  —  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, according to a New York Times poll.
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The Politico:
Few options for Barack Obama on 9/11
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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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.
Henry Olsen / American Enterprise Institute:
The Big Drop: Employment Rate Cause for Concern  —  Friday's labor report is the latest confirmation that our economy is sputtering.  A loss of 54,000 jobs and a 9.6 percent unemployment rate are bad enough.  But a deeper look, at the little-known civilian employment-population ratio …
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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.
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 …
Clout St:
Giannoulias, Kirk neck and neck in Tribune poll for Obama's old Senate seat  —  From the print edition:  —  Senate poll: Giannoulias, Kirk neck and neck  —  Cash could be deciding factor as Tribune/WGN-TV survey finds weak spots for both candidates  —  By Rick Pearson, Tribune reporter
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Sharron Angle Claims Unemployment Insurance 'Really Doesn't Benefit Anyone'  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In an interview this Wednesday, Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle heightened her criticisms of unemployment insurance, insisting that the benefits program to help the jobless ended up benefiting nobody.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Daily Kos and TPMDC
CNN:
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.
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: ou.org, Commentary and FrumForum
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wrapping up Alaska  —  John Edwards, move over.
Amir Sufi / SSRN:
The Effects of Fiscal Stimulus: Evidence from the 2009 ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program
Discussion: The Foundry
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
TAP Talks To Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Discussion: The Hill
Reihan Salam / National Review:
Brief Thought on GDP Per Hour Worked
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain defends Pawlenty travel
Scott Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Want Middle East Peace? Deny Iran Nukes
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Dentist buys Hillary Clinton 2012 ad
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Put the millionaires' tax money to good use
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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