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12:35 AM ET, September 2, 2011

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Roger Simon / The Politico:
W.H. furious over speech delay  —  It seemed like a trivial matter: On Wednesday, House Republicans forced the president to delay his speech to a joint session of Congress by one day.  —  Who cares?  The White House cares.  Very much.  —  “It is a big deal that the House said ‘no’ to the president …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Speaker John Boehner Should Resign For His Unprecedented Insult To The President  —  The mainstream media, and even some in the liberal opinion media, have completely missed the point of President Obama's dust-up with Speaker John Boehner over the date for Obama's address before a joint session of Congress.
George Stephanopoulos / Politics:
James Carville: White House ‘Out of Bounds’ Over Speech Flap  —  Democratic strategist James Carville told me that the White House was in the wrong when it requested that the President address Congress on the same night and time as a Republican presidential debate.
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger at The Washington Post and a policy analyst for MSNBC.  His work focuses on domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system that's constantly screwing it up.  —  Expect Obama Speech to Yield Lots of Talk, No Action: Ezra Klein
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
White House: Send us your petitions
The Hill:
Obama, Boehner reach deal on timing of address to Congress
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:   $1.3T Deficit Projected as Economy Cools
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Perry Overtakes Romney as Top GOP 2012 Pick; Most Say Palin Should Stay Out of Race  —  Even as Texas Gov. Rick Perry moves into the lead as Republican voters' preferred presidential candidate, a Fox News poll released Thursday shows that voters are more likely to view him as …
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Romney=Kerry; Perry=Dean?  —  In my print column this week, hidden behind the magic wonderwall, I indulge in a little presidential campaign history: Four years ago, in September 2007, John McCain-the eventual Republican nominee-was dead in the water, having raised and wasted a ton of money and fired most of his staff.
Washington Examiner:
York: Left paints the campaign as a religious war  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to an estimated 30,000 attendees at the non-denominational prayer and fasting event, ‘The Response,’ on August 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  Thousands attended the event organized by Gov. Rick Perry in order …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Rasmussen Reports:
Perry 44% Obama 41%; President Leads Other GOP Hopefuls
Quinnipiac University:   Obama Approval Hits All-Time Low, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Economy Is Getting Worse, More Voters Say
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Is Set to Sue a Dozen Big Banks Over Mortgages  —  The federal agency that oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is set to file suits against more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgage securities they assembled and sold …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tucson Republican Leader Slams County GOP For Giffords Gun Raffle  —  Eyebrows shot up all over the country Thursday following news that that the Republican Party in Pima County, AZ — home to Tucson and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D) district — is raffling off a Glock similar to the one used to shoot Giffords in the head in January.
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The Huffington Post:
Pima County Repubs Raffle Glock As Fundraiser; Same Gun Type Used in Tucson Shooting
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Top Ten Right-Wing Responses To CAP's Islamophobia Report: ‘Cowards,’ ‘Straight Out of Mein Kampf,’ ‘A Pile Of Dung’  —  The Center for American Progress's new report, “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” is receiving a positive welcome from neutral observers …
Fawn Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Rolls Out a Jobs Plan That Doesn't Need Congress  —  The president has asked federal agencies to find solutions on their own.  His message to lawmakers: We can do this without you.  —  President Obama is either fed up with Congress or he's testing his own administration's mettle.  Or both.
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Grassley, Issa Expand ‘Fast and Furious’ Investigation  —  That didn't take long.  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said they were expanding their probe into a troubled anti-gun-trafficking program, two days after the Justice Department announced a shake-up of officials who oversaw the program.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Florida Republicans Fight To Keep ‘Cohabitation’ Of Unmarried Couples Illegal  —  Thousands of unmarried couples who are living together in Florida may be surprised to learn that they are actually breaking the law.  Under outdated and rarely enforced state laws that have been on the books since …
Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
Dude!  Free weed lying on San Jose street snatched up by bystanders  —  It was a pot head's dream: Free marijuana lying on the street for the taking, without a cop in sight.  —  San Jose police say a truck illegally carrying marijuana crashed and ended up on its side near Oakridge Mall early Wednesday …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Is The Great Recession Forcing Graduates Of Elite Colleges Into A Desperate Life Of Rockstardom?  —  As we saw yesterday, the recession's bite has been broad, including on the earnings of recent college graduates.  But this seems to be going a bit far:
Discussion: New York Times and epi.org
CNN:
New Hampshire GOP chair resigns  —  Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Embattled New Hampshire GOP Chair Jack Kimball resigned his post Thursday, forestalling a planned vote by the party's executive committee that could have ended in his removal.  —  In an emotional speech …
Discussion: Associated Press
Sheila Marikar / Politics:
Sarah Palin's Saturday Speech Will Be a ‘Full Throated Defense of the Tea Party’  —  ABC's Shushannah Walshe and Sheila Marikar report:  —  Two days before Sarah Palin's much anticipated, on, off, and on again Iowa speech, details are emerging about what the former Alaska governor will say.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism  —  Post-'60s liberals, with the president as their standard bearer, seek to make a virtue of decline.  —  If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country.  Some say this destructiveness is intended …
John Hooper / Guardian:
Berlusconi vows to leave ‘s**tty’ Italy in conversation recorded by police  —  Transcripts from blackmail investigation reveal the Italian prime minister's frustration with his country  —  In a sign of his frustration at the investigations into his alleged crimes and misdemeanours …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Five GOP Presidential Candidates Have Proposed Eliminating Capital Gains Tax, A $1 Trillion Giveaway To The Rich  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-UT)  —  Yesterday, 2012 GOP presidential long-shot Jon Huntsman unveiled an economic plan that …
NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Distancing Themselves From Obama  —  Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore., introduced then-presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama at a campaign event in Oregon in 2008.  Now he seems to be recalculating how close is too close to be to an unpopular President Obama.
Discussion: The Hill
Colleen Barry / Associated Press:
Clooney: Obama ‘having an almost impossible time governing’  —  Cynicism rises to surface in director's ‘The Ides of March’  —  “The Ides of March” director, writer and actor George Clooney (second from left) arrives in Venice on Tuesday with co-writer Grant Heslov (left).
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Pajamas Media
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Jury unable to reach verdict in killing of gay student Larry King  —  A jury has been unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Brandon McInerney, the 17-year-old accused of shooting a gay classmate to death in 2008.  —  The jury began deliberating Friday, weighing eight weeks …
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
LawProf / Inside the Law School Scam:
Indignation  —  I don't want to make this blog a narcissistic exercise (what the world world needs now is another law professor's self-absorbed musings like I need a hole in my head), but I want to preface this post with a couple of personal observations.  Writing this blog has been very gratifying …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lieberman: Obama's concern with offending Muslims hurts war effort  —  The Obama administration's fear of offending Muslims will hurt the U.S. war against terrorism, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Thursday in a speech blasting the president's new counterterrorism strategy.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House downgrades 2012 jobs, economic forecasts; cites ‘turbulence’  —  The Obama administration downgraded its forecast for economic growth Thursday, predicting turmoil in the economy will likely keep unemployment above 9 percent through next year's election.
 
 
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Rick Perry's donors fare well, Texas-style
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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