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3:45 PM ET, August 31, 2011

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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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin appearance at Iowa tea party event now in doubt  —  (CNN) - Sources close to Sarah Palin told CNN Wednesday that the former Alaska governor is no longer likely to attend a tea party rally in Iowa on Saturday, an event that's been plagued by logistical issues.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
FreedomWorks to protest Romney  —  A top tea party organizing group, FreedomWorks, is planning to protest Mitt Romney's appearance this weekend at a New Hampshire stop of a bus tour intended to encourage tea party sympathizers to participate in the Republican presidential nominating process.
Discussion: TPMDC and Swampland
First Read / msnbc.com:
Tea Party organizer ‘had to cancel’ Christine O'Donnell to get Palin to attend
Molly Ball / The Politico:   Palin still on for Iowa, organizers say
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin's Participation in Iowa Rally “On Hold”
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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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Republican Revolt: Virgina's GOP Governor Splits With Cantor, Rejects Conditioning Disaster Aid On Budget Cuts  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), along with some of his House GOP colleagues, have been saying that disaster aid for the areas affected by Hurricane Irene must be offset by, in Cantor's words, “savings elsewhere.”
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Vermont Dem urges colleagues to help damaged state
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 …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama targets GOP for fall offensive  —  “Kill the body, and the head will die.”  — Joe Frazier  —  President Obama is preparing to fight a political war this fall on two fronts — the first against Republicans who want his job and the second against Republicans who want to make his job more difficult.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Team Obama Finds Hope for 2012 in a History Lesson
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama requests time for jobs speech
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Solar company that received Obama administration backing closes its doors  —  A California-based solar company that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will shut down.  —  The company, Solyndra Inc., said Wednesday it would suspend …
Discussion: Reuters, Bloomberg and Michelle Malkin
Quinnipiac University:
Perry Jumps To The Top Of GOP Pack, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Perry, Romney Each Run Neck And Neck With Obama  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry has zoomed to the front of the line of GOP presidential candidates with a 24 - 18 percent lead over former Massachusetts …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney camp not panicking — yet
William Galston / The New Republic:
Memo to Mitt Romney: You Have to Attack Rick Perry, and Here's How to Do It
Discussion: The Politico
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman to unveil sweeping tax reform  —  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) will propose sweeping tax reforms Wednesday in a speech outlining his jobs plan.  —  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) will propose sweeping tax reforms Wednesday in a speech outlining his plans on job creation.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com, Politics, GOP 12 and CNN
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Chris Cillizza / Associated Press:
Jon Huntsman's last, best shot
James Pethokoukis:
Huntsman tax plan goes big and bold
Discussion: National Review and ThinkProgress
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman to attack rivals in 2012 jobs speech
Discussion: New York Magazine
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Complaint to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger  —  The U.S. government sued to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.  —  The Justice Department complaint was filed today in federal court in Washington.
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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.
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New York Times:
The New Resentment of the Poor  —  In a decade of frenzied tax-cutting for the rich, the Republican Party just happened to lower tax rates for the poor, as well.  Now several of the party's most prominent presidential candidates and lawmakers want to correct that oversight and raise taxes …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Nevada AG Catherine Cortez Masto Destroys BofA in New Lawsuit  —  Masto lights a stick.  (photo: Jeff Hester)  —  Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto's amended complaint in a lawsuit against Bank of America has so many interesting nuances, I think I need a new Internet to catalog them all.
Discussion: ProPublica
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Bank of America Accused of Breaching Accord
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.
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 …
Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why didn't the stimulus create more jobs?
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Where Pay for Chief Executives Tops the Company Tax Burden  —  At least 25 top United States companies paid more to their chief executives in 2010 than they did to the federal government in taxes, according to a study released on Wednesday.  —  The companies — which include household names like eBay …
Laura Zuckerman / Reuters:
Idaho woman challenges abortion laws after prosecution  —  (Reuters) - An Idaho woman prosecuted for terminating her own pregnancy with an abortion pill ordered over the Internet has filed suit challenging a decades-old law under which she was charged, as well as a new state ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Shakesville
TheUnion.com Online News:
Babysitting bill in Calif. Legislature  —  Office of Sen. Doug LaMalfa  —  How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers' compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for...babysitters?  Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.
 
 
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Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Bullying Law Puts New Jersey Schools on Spot
Discussion: The Atlantic Online