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10:15 PM ET, September 7, 2010


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Peter Orszag / New York Times:
One Nation, Two Deficits  —  The nation faces a nasty dual deficit problem: a painful jobs deficit in the near term and an unsustainable budget deficit over the medium and long term.  This month, the Senate will be debating an issue with significant implications for both …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Will Not Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts to Wealthy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday will rule out any compromise that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy beyond this year, officials said, adding a populist twist to an election-season economic package …
Discussion: The Page and FrumForum
John D. McKinnon / Washington Wire:
Bush Tax Cuts: White House Rejects New Orszag Proposal
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Hill
Chicago Breaking News:
Daley won't run for re-election: ‘I have done my best’  —  Mayor Richard Daley, with his wife and members of his family, speaks at a City Hall press conference to announce that he will not run for re-election in 2011.  (Antonio Dickey / Mayor's Press Office) |  MORE PHOTOS
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to retire, speculation swirls around Rahm Emanuel candidacy  —  Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's surprise announcement today that he would not seek a seventh term in 2011 immediately set off speculation that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel would enter the race.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Progressive group: Rahm a ‘cancer on the Democratic Party’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Aharding / CNN:   TRENDING: Rahm: Will he or won't he?  —  A source close …
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:   Mayor Daley is not seeking another term
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Parties Tied at 46% in Generic Ballot  —  Latest weekly update shows more competitive contest  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans and Democrats are tied at 46% among registered voters in Gallup's weekly tracking of congressional voting preferences, marking a shift after five consecutive weeks in which the Republicans held the advantage.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fidel to Ahmadinejad: ‘Stop Slandering the Jews’  —  (This is Part I of a report on my recent visit to Havana.  I hope to post Part II tomorrow.  And I also hope to be publishing a more comprehensive article about this subject in a forthcoming print edition of The Atlantic.)
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Castro: I Was Wrong During Cuban Missile Crisis  —  Jeffrey Goldberg's online account just now of his recent visit with Fidel Castro, in Havana, is fascinating in many ways.  But the part that got my attention comes at the end, when Castro expresses his fear that an Iranian/Israeli/US showdown could get out of control.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Murkowski says she's not a quitter  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — A week after conceding the GOP primary, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's not a quitter and is “still in this game.”  —  Murkowski told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she's been inundated with calls and e-mails from supporters …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Left Largely Helpless As Judicial Vacancies Reach Crisis  —  What's Your Reaction: … The Obama administration is aware of the growing alarm over its inability to fill long-standing judicial vacancies.  White House officials frequently voice displeasure with the pace …
Felicia Sonmez / The Fix:   Harry Reid: “I had nothing to do with” bad economy
The Note:
Harry Reid: ‘I Had Nothing to Do’ …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Mind of America  —  A new Washington Post poll is out.  Selected questions are shown below.  Summary: Americans trust Democrats more to handle the country's problems, they think Democrats represent their values better, they think Democrats are more concerned with the needs of people like them …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Voters Favor GOP Over Dems By Record Margin
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
State Gains Would Give Redistricting Edge to G.O.P.  —  The midterm elections are being closely watched for the answer to a high-stakes question: Will Republicans have a majority in Congress for the next two years?  But it is the outcome of a lower-profile battle over state legislatures …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats Aren't Running From Health Care.  But What Are They Running On?  —  It's clear that Republican candidates for Congress expect to gain traction from the health care bill that Democrats passed this year, and that most polls show at least a plurality of the country remains opposed to.
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
KY-Sen: Rand Paul staffer caught posing as progressive at Daily Kos  —  As you probably know, there's a moneybomb underway to raise money for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's campaign challenging Rand Paul for U.S. Senate.  —  Well, it turns out that at least one member …
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Rome is Burning  —  There is a critical point that I fear the commentariat is just not getting.  In my darker moments I fear that some of my fellow economists aren't getting it either but we aren't going to go there.  —  Look at these two graphs because they tell you the fundamental problem in America today:
Timothy Noah / Slate:
The United States of Inequality  —  In 1915, a statistician at the University of Wisconsin named Willford I. King published The Wealth and Income of the People of the United States, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date.  The United States was displacing Great Britain …
Raghuram G. Rajan / New York Review of Books:
The Slump Goes On: Why?  —  Paul Krugman and Robin Wells  —  Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy  —  Princeton University Press, 260 pp., $26.95  —  Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance  —  by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm Penguin, 353 pp., $27.95
Discussion: Firedoglake and Economist's View
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Lehman's Last Hours
Feisal Abdul Rauf / New York Times:
Building on Faith  —  AS my flight approached America last weekend, my mind circled back to the furor that has broken out over plans to build Cordoba House, a community center in Lower Manhattan.I have been away from home for two months, speaking abroad about cooperation among people from different religions.
Discussion: CNN
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Scrubbing Santorum  —  Why Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum can't beat his Google problem.  —  Post Comment  —  Rick Santorum would very much like to be president.  For the past few years, he has been diligently appearing at the sorts of conservative events—the Values Voters Summit …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend, GOP 12 and Blue Gal
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Obama channels Hendrix on critics: ‘They talk about me like a dog’  —  Has President Obama been listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix lately?  With just under two months to go before Election Day, Obama kicked off the fall campaign season Monday with an aggressive speech targeting Republicans.
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Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Boxer Tied to Dubious Waters Cash-for-Endorsement Scheme
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Doug Ross
Fred Kaplan / Foreign Policy:
The Transformer  —  Bob Gates never thought he'd be Barack Obama's defense secretary.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Marco Rubio for US Senate:
A Letter From Marco About The Passing Of His Father
Discussion: Hot Air, Flopping Aces and The Buzz
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to mark 9/11 anniversary at Pentagon
Silvia Aloisi / Reuters:
Chinese film on 1960 labor camps cheered in Venice
John Doran / Helena Independent Record:
Big Sky Tea Party cans chief
Discussion: Mediaite and Montana Cowgirl Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Voters aren't listening to Dem message about GOP and Bush
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama Approval/2010 Vote Correlation
Discussion: RedState
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Bookworm Room:
Obama's dog comparison is a really and truly weird thing to say
Andy Barr / The Politico:
John Podesta predicts White House ‘soul-searching’
Discussion: Commentary