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9:50 PM ET, August 31, 2011

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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Coincidences don't happen in presidential politics.  Ever.  —  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about a clean extension of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization which expires in mid-September in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, August 31, 2011.
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The Hill:
Boehner asks Obama to move his jobs joint address to Thursday  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has asked President Obama to address a joint-session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8, when it wouldn't conflict with the Republican presidential debate.  —  Citing logistical difficulties …
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama schedules jobs address to coincide with GOP 2012 debate  —  President Obama has requested a joint session of Congress next week to deliver his jobs speech directly to lawmakers.  —  In a letter to congressional leaders requesting the Sept. 7 slot, the president said he will urge Congress …
The Politico:
Obama speech request sparks partisan fight  —  A presidential address to a joint session of Congress is usually one of Washington's more dignified and predictable events — but President Barack Obama's request to deliver a Sept. 7 speech quickly devolved into just another partisan pie fight.
Hayley Peterson / Campaign 2012:
Carney grants NBC permission to reschedule debate  —  President Obama plans to lay out his long-awaited jobs speech before a joint session of Congress next Wednesday evening — which happens to be the same night of a Republican presidential debate.  —  “I respectfully request the opportunity …
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Carney: Change time of debate?
David Weigel / Slate:
Ron Paul “Weighing his Options” Over Debate-Blocking Presidential Speech
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Boehner to Obama: How About Thursday?
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Boehner Asks Obama to Reschedule Economy Speech
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Sarah Palin Appearance at Tea Party Rally in Iowa ‘No Longer Confirmed’  —  This post has been corrected.  —  Sarah Palin's Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, is on hold, a person close to the former Alaska governor told The Wall Street Journal.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Tea Party organizer ‘had to cancel’ Christine O'Donnell to get Palin to attend  —  DES MOINES — Tea Party of America President Ken Crow told NBC News, “I had to cancel Ms. O'Donnell” after a conversation with Sarah Palin aides — and is now hopeful Palin will attend the Saturday rally in Indianola.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Andre Carson: Tea party wants blacks ‘hanging on a tree’  —  A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
UPDATED: Iowa tea party made three changes at Palin's staff's request  —  Sarah Palin at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 12.  (The Register/Rodney White)  —  Christine O'Donnell is off the guest list - again - and Sarah Palin has gone from a “maybe” to a “yes.”  —  In the latest episode …
Discussion: CNN, Radio Iowa and Daily Kos
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Reid, Pelosi silent on ‘Jim Crow’ accusations
Discussion: theblogprof and Sister Toldjah
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. Allen West considers quitting CBC
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and CNN
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
FreedomWorks to protest Romney
Discussion: Hot Air, The Caucus, Swampland and TPMDC
Scott McGrew / NBC Bay Area:
Solyndra Filing a Disaster for Obama  —  U.S. President Barack Obama heads inside to deliver a speech after meeting with construction workers building a new Solyndra solar panel factory May 26, 2010 in Fremont, California.  President Obama toured Solyndra Inc., a growing solar power equipment facility …
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Scott McGrew / NBC Bay Area:
Solyndra to Declare Bankruptcy  —  President Obama touted the facility only a year ago.  —  Solyndra — recently touted as an innovator by President Obama — is reportedly shutting its doors.  Employees are being turned away this morning. … Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology in Fremont …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Solyndra shuts its doors
Discussion: American Power and Pirate's Cove
ThinkProgress:
Huntsman Proposes New Taxes On Seniors And Veterans To Pay For Tax Cut For The Richest 0.1 Percent  —  Our guest blogger is Seth Hanlon, director of Fiscal Reform for the Doing What Works project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  2012 GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman …
Discussion: Healthwatch, The Hill, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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James Pethokoukis:
Huntsman tax plan goes big and bold
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
New York Times:
The New Resentment of the Poor  —  In a decade of frenzied tax-cutting …
Tampa Bay Fl News:
Michele Bachmann maintains her stance on drilling for oil in the Everglades, upsetting Floridians and fellow Tea Party members. … However, geologists believe there's not much oil under the Everglades anyway.  Collier County's Sunniland Field, the only significant oil field nearby …
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Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Michele kibitzes with key NY Jews
Discussion: msnbc.com and Gothamist
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel: Republican Party Has ‘An Astounding Lack Of Responsible Leadership’  —  Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel (NE) can't muster any praise for his Republican colleagues' behavior in Congress over the past few months.  In an interview with the Financial Times …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Financial Times
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Cantor finds himself in a tricky spot on hurricane disaster aid  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's insistence that federal disaster aid be offset elsewhere in the budget runs directly counter to his position in the past when the money went to help his Virginia district.
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Mercatus Site Feed:
Did Stimulus Dollars Hire the Unemployed?  —  Answers to Questions about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  —  In an effort to boost hiring and job creation and to invest in a variety of domestic infrastructure programs, Congress passed and the president signed the American Recovery …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why didn't the stimulus create more jobs?
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Choi Trial Put on Hold After Judge Allows “Vindictive Prosecution” Defense  —  With reporting from court by John Riley.  —  The third day of the U.S. government's trial of former Lt. Dan Choi ended with a 10-day delay for the government to seek an order from a higher court stopping the decision …
Rolling Stone:
The GOP War on Voting  —  In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year  —  As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The BRAD BLOG
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Wet Blankets Put a Damper on Water-Park Fun  —  Fearful of Facebook and Frolicking Youths, Regime Cracks Down on Squirt-Gun Fights  —  Authorities in authoritarian Iran have determined the latest threat to the Islamic Republic: squirt guns.  —  Agents of the regime fanned …
Discussion: Althouse and Via Meadia
Carol Marin / Chicago Sun Times:
State Rep. Deborah Mell has legal gay marriage in Iowa  —  Christin Baker and State Rep. Deborah Mell reveal they got married recently in Iowa.  Tuesday, August 30, 2011 |  Brian Jackson~Sun-Times  —  State Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) quietly made Illinois history last week.  —  She got married.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Obama Labor Boss Buys Canadian-Built Car  —  Says purchase was to show support for American workers  —  To show her support for American workers, President Obama's labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet Equinox to ride around Washington in.
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Goodwin Liu confirmed to California Supreme Court
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Freeman Klopott / Washington Examiner:
HIV/AIDS group charged with diverting tax dollars to strip club
Heidi Shierholz / epi.org:
New college grads losing ground on wages
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Economix
Adriane Quinlan / City Room:
Urgent Call for Blood Donations
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rick Perry is no libertarian
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Gallup: Obama's Approval Hits All-Time Low of 41 Percent Among Women
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Team Obama Finds Hope for 2012 in a History Lesson
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Laura Zuckerman / Reuters:
Idaho woman challenges abortion laws after prosecution
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP governor urges Obama to reject proposed oil pipeline
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Quinnipiac University:
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