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1:35 PM ET, September 8, 2010


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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Is Against a Compromise on Bush Tax Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday will make clear that he opposes 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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Writes His Thesis Statement
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Wall Street Journal:
Obamanomics Is Recast as ‘Recovery Summer’ Fades
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
The Politico:
Obama may look inside for Rahm job  —  Amid mounting signs that Rahm Emanuel will leave the White House to run for mayor in Chicago, Democratic insiders say President Barack Obama is likely to choose a new chief of staff who's already in his orbit but has experience with previous administrations.
Opinion: Obama wrong for '10 campaign  —  Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University.  He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm.
Discussion: The Atlanta Post
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
POLITICAL INSIDER: GOP voters outnumber Dems
Discussion: Wake up America and Gateway Pundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Axelrod hints Emanuel may run for Chicago mayor
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.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Health Insurers Plan Hikes  —  Rate Increases Are Blamed on Health-Care Overhaul; White House Questions Logic  —  Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats' efforts to trumpet …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Glenn Beck Visits Alaska on 9/11  —  Glenn's coming to the Last Frontier!  I hope my fellow Alaskans (and anyone visiting from Outside) will join me this Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Anchorage's Dena'ina Center at 8:00 p.m. Glenn Beck will be there - you won't want to miss it.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin and Beck to mark 9/11 in Alaska
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Right Wing Leaders Plan To Use September 11th Anniversary To Make Money
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Light bulb factory closes; End of era for U.S. means more jobs overseas  —  WINCHESTER, VA. - The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s.
Ezra Klein:
Mitch Daniels has a plan  —  I'm impressed by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels's op-ed laying out his proposal for “a time-limited, emergency growth program.”  It's a real plan, with concrete policy ideas that might actually make a difference.  It's mercifully free from vague hand-waving about business uncertainty and government spending.
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
Time for Emergency Economic Reform
CBS New York:
Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home With AK-47  —  Says Many Gang Members Were Coming After His Family  —  UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — He was arrested for protecting his property and family.  —  But it's how the Long Island man did it that police say crossed the line.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SO MUCH FOR THE GREAT GALLUP FREAK-OUT.... Last week, Gallup's generic-ballot tracking poll showed Republicans leading Democrats by 10, 51% to 41%.  It was billed as the GOP's biggest Gallup lead in the history of humanity, and the results generated massive media attention, including a stand-alone Washington Post piece on page A2.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Meghan McCain “panicked, scared” after Palin picked  —  Tonight, Meghan McCain talked to Jay Leno about the moment she learned that Sarah Palin had been chosen to be John McCain's running mate. … Leno then asks McCain what she meant when she called Palin a “time bomb” in her book.
Discussion: Riehl World View
TRENDING: Palin pick ‘panicked’ Meghan McCain, made her cry
Discussion: Politics Daily
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Transocean fires back at ‘self-serving’ BP spill report  —  Transocean Ltd. has quickly fired back at BP's internal probe of the Gulf of Mexico spill, calling it a “self-serving” report.  —  Transocean — the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that blew up in the Gulf April 20 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Barbour: RNC woes costly  —  Mississippi Gov. and Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour said Wednesday that the RNC's financial difficulties had forced him to direct millions of dollars for voter turnout programs that are typically funded by the national party.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   Barbour says he'll decide about 2012 run after the Nov. election
Benjamin Niolet / The Charlotte Observer:
It's lucky that Sheriff Andy isn't facing voters  —  How bad is it for Democrats in North Carolina?  Even Sheriff Andy Taylor is taking a beating in the polls.  —  Andy Griffith - star of the Andy Griffith Show, a Manteo resident and noted endorser of Democratic causes and candidates …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Should we let housing prices fall?  —  Many smart people say we should.  It seems increasingly clear that we must.  For how long can the government prop them up?  Are we never to have a private market in mortgages again?  —  Yet what happens if we let them fall?  Arguably many banks would once again be “under water.”
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Bears and the State of Housing
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Politics on Film, but This Time Leaning Right  —  LOS ANGELES — After Michael Moore screened his anti-Bush documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” for Hollywood's assembled royalty at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences six years ago, the crowd broke out in a noisy ovation that it did not want to stop.
Spiegel Online:
Terry Jones Accused of ‘Spiritual Abuse’ at Cologne Church  —  US fundamentalist pastor Terry Jones, who wants to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11, ran a church in the western German city of Cologne until last year when members of the congregation expelled him.
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds  —  As Wall Street hangs on the question “Will Greece default?,” the author heads for riot-stricken Athens, and for the mysterious Vatopaidi monastery, which brought down the last government, laying bare the country's economic insanity.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bennet draws line on new stimulus spending  —  Democrat facing tough reelection fight in Colorado comes out against the president's $50 billion public works proposal.  —  Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) broke with President Obama on Wednesday, saying he would not support any additional stimulus spending.
Discussion: The Politico and Commentary
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Choices  —  Joe Romm says “Future generations are likely …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Makes It Official: Piers Morgan Will Replace Larry King
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Paris Mètro to warm flats
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Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg Defends Pastor's Right to Burn Quran
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
As Stadiums Vanish, Their Debt Lives On
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Pelosi unpopular; Boehner unknown, CNN poll says
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Bob Connors / NBC Connecticut:
City Council Meetings to Begin with Muslim Prayers
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
To consumer advocates, Obama's antitrust enforcement looks like more of the same
Lawrence H. White / Wall Street Journal:
The German Miracle: Another Look
Discussion: EconLog and Cafe Hayek
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama to get personal on economy
Discussion: The Caucus and Betsy's Page
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Chris Christie readies endorsement tour