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3:50 PM ET, September 3, 2010

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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
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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.
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
Administration's September Rollout: Big Payroll Tax Cut
Discussion: TPMDC and Eschaton
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Democrat won't apologize for joke about Pelosi
Discussion: www2.dothaneagle.com
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Is a Payroll Tax Holiday a Good Idea?
Discussion: EconLog
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House considering major tax breaks for businesses, sources say
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
U.S. Lost Jobs in August, but Fewer Than Expected  —  American businesses added more jobs in the last three months than originally estimated, but the wheels of the economic recovery are still spinning in place.  —  The private sector added 67,000 jobs in August, according to the Department of Labor …
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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama stands by ‘Recovery Summer’
Political Punch:
President Obama Reacts to August Jobs Numbers, Doesn't Mention Net Job Loss of 54K
Discussion: Hot Air and The Foundry
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
New York Times:
Mistrust and the Mosque  —  The furor over the proposed Islamic …
Discussion: Daily Kos and NewsBusters.org
Mark Levin / Facebook:
Perspective, boys, perspective  —  As I recall, National Review endorsed John McCain over J.D. Hayworth.  I don't recall any concerns mentioned about his Keating Five role or his widely reported temper tantrums.  No, J.D., we were told, had all kinds of flaws.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Oh, Great, Now We Have Sand “Castle” Conservatives, Too
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.
Arizona Daily Star:
Brewer: No more debates - period  —  PHOENIX - Arizona voters won't be seeing any more debates between the top gubernatorial contenders.  —  Incumbent Republican Jan Brewer said Thursday she has no intention of participating in any more events with Democrat Terry Goddard.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
AP refuses to use WH/NBC propaganda terms for Iraq
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wrapping up Alaska  —  John Edwards, move over.  There's a new standard bearer for the most unpopular person PPP has polled in any state: Levi Johnston in Alaska.  —  Edwards' 15/72 favorability on our January North Carolina poll had set the initial record for futility but Johnston matches …
National Review:
The Revolt of the Bourgeois  —  Tea partiers are mad as heck, and they’re letting the world know — politely.  —  The much-analyzed speeches at the Glenn Beck Lincoln Memorial rally weren't as notable as what the estimated 300,000 attendees did: follow instructions, listen quietly to hours of speeches, and throw out their trash.
Discussion: Don Surber
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama approval up after Iraq speech  —  (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating has edged up three points, and it appears that the war in Iraq is behind the bump.  But according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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Pollak v. Schakowsky
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He's Not Even A 911 family Member
Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight:
9/11 Family Members Defend 9/11 Anti-Mosque Rally
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Alex Roarty / Politics PA:
PoliticsPA: Obama coming in for Sestak on Sept. 20
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Page and pa2010.com
Amir Sufi / SSRN:
The Effects of Fiscal Stimulus: Evidence from the 2009 ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program
Discussion: The Foundry
Reihan Salam / National Review:
Brief Thought on GDP Per Hour Worked
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sestak backs off Israel letter
Discussion: ou.org, Commentary and FrumForum
Wall Street Journal:
Wyden Defects on ObamaCare
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Court won't force state to defend Prop. 8
Discussion: Law Blog
JSOnline:
Feingold to miss Obama Labor Day visit