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8:30 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.
Jeff Gluck / SBNation.com:
Five NASCAR Drivers Decline President Obama's White House Invitation  —  President Barack Obama will honor NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and the 11 other Chase drivers from last year in a White House ceremony on Wednesday - but nearly half of the 2010 playoff contenders won't be there.
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh to skip Obama jobs speech  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican Joe Walsh of Illinois is thumbing his nose at President Obama's speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8 — by skipping it.  —  Walsh, a tea party-backed freshman from McHenry, issued a statement today saying he'll …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger …
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
George Stephanopoulos / Politics:
James Carville: White House ‘Out of Bounds’ Over Speech Flap
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 …
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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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
WH official: Obama struggling in polls because voters don't know GOP opponents
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 …
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.
Bradley Hope / and breaking:
Road trip!  American student joins rebels in fight for Qaddafi stronghold  —  Chris Jeon, 21, a student at at University of California - Los Angeles, decided to travel to Libya to join the rebels for the last six weeks of his summer vacation.  Here he is surrounded by rebels who are amassing …
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 …
CNN:
CNN Poll: 8 in 10 think we're in a recession  —  Washington (CNN) - Economic fears are not diminishing.  More than eight in 10 Americans think the economy is in another recession, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.  One-third of those surveyed think it's serious.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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
BBC:
Protests disrupt Proms concert by Israel Philharmonic  —  Pro-Palestinian demonstrators inside the hall were greeted by boos when they tried to protest  —  Protesters have disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's BBC Proms concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Is austerity killing Europe's recovery?  —  MADRID — After more than a year of aggressive budget cutting by European governments, an economic slowdown on the continent is confronting policymakers from Madrid to Frankfurt with an uncomfortable question: Have they been addressing the wrong problem?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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Nina Shea / National Review:
The Administration Takes on ‘Islamophobia’
Discussion: Israpundit
NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Distancing Themselves From Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP Israel group launches New York campaign
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Rick Perry's donors fare well, Texas-style
Discussion: Politics
Associated Press:
Schweitzer fined $4,100 in ethics case
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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David Weprin / Jewish Press:
TURNER VS. WEPRIN - IN THEIR OWN WORDS
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lieberman: Obama's concern with offending Muslims hurts war effort
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House: Unemployment Will Average 9 Percent In Election Year
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Corrente
Kate Berry / americanbanker.com:
Robo-Signing Redux: Servicers Still Fabricating Foreclosure Documents
Vanity Fair:
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Sara Horowitz / The Atlantic Online:
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Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism