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11:30 AM ET, September 1, 2011

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New York Times:
Obama Moves Jobs Speech After Skirmish With Boehner  —  WASHINGTON — Any hopes that a kinder, gentler bipartisan Washington would surface once Congress returns after Labor Day were summarily dashed on Wednesday when President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner clashed over, of all things …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
And...Sept. 8 it is, White House says  —  The White House just put out a statement that puts the onus for clearing Sept. 7 as a date for President Obama's ballyhooed jobs speech on House Speaker John Boehner, and says the president will instead “welcome” the chance to speak on Sept. 8:
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Thousands Visit Bowling Alley in Obama White House  —  As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to tear out the White House bowling alley and install a basketball court if elected.  Now, nearly four years later, the basement bowling alley is still there, and getting plenty of use.
Discussion: New York Magazine
ThinkProgress:
Morning Briefing: September 1, 2011
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Coincidences don't happen in presidential politics. Ever.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Senate jam: DeMint also vows to block Obama speech
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.
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:   As part of jobs plan, Obama calls for speedy infrastructure permitting
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Gibson Guitars CEO: U.S. Government Urged Him to Use Foreign Labor  —  Press release from KMJ-AM in Fresno, California:  —  Tonight, in an interview on KMJ's “The Chris Daniel Show,” Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz confirmed that the US government wanted Gibson guitars to use foreign labor over American labor:
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Wall Street Journal:
Gibson Guitar Wails on Federal Raid Over Wood  —  Gibson Guitar Corp., a big user of ebony and other scarce woods, for years has allied itself with Greenpeace and other environmental groups to show it was serious about preserving forests.  —  That didn't stop the Nashville-based company …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Romney money man on Bachmann-Jewish story: ‘No’  —  If there's one person out there who could verify the New York Post's story about Michele Bachmann being mistaken for a Jew, it's Mel Sembler.  Check out the bona fides: Sembler, a Florida businessman, did ambassador stints under …
Discussion: GOP 12
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Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Bachmann an outsider on Capitol Hill
Discussion: GOP 12
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Why Romney shouldn't want Sarah Palin in the race
CNN:
New CNN Poll: 65% give Obama thumbs down on economy  —  Washington (CNN) - Only a third of all Americans approve of how President Barack Obama is handling the economy, according to a new national survey.  —  And with a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicating that more than three-quarters …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama faces lowest numbers on economy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rasmussen Reports:
Perry 44% Obama 41%; President Leads Other GOP Hopefuls  —  For the first time this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry leads President Obama in a national Election 2012 survey.  Other Republican candidates trail the president by single digits.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Huntsman Urges Stripping Deductions From Tax Code  —  Jon M. Huntsman Jr. again showed himself on Wednesday to be an ideological outlier in the Republican presidential field, calling for the tax code to be stripped of all loopholes and deductions.  —  Congressional Republicans …
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Ryan Cassin / H2012:
Time To Compete - An American Jobs Plan
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Exclusive: Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir  —  (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday she resented what she viewed as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his just-published memoir.  —  Speaking in an interview with Reuters …
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.
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis rips Rick Perry's Texas
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matthew Schofield / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
WikiLeaks: Iraqi children in U.S. raid shot in head, U.N. says  —  This cell phone photo was shot by a resident of Ishaqi on March 15, 2006, of bodies Iraqi police said were of children executed by U.S. troops after a night raid there.  A State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks quotes …
Discussion: The Raw Story
CNN:
Rep. Carson defends controversial tea party slam  —  LOS ANGELES (CNN) - As members of the Congressional Black Caucus converged in Los Angeles for its final national job fair series, one of its ranking members responded to his own previous inflammatory comments in Miami about the tea party …
New York Post:
Deputy mayor quit after being busted for domestic violence  —  The blizzard didn't bury him — roughing up his wife did.  —  Former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith — who drew sharp criticism for bungling the Christmas storm that shut down the city — actually resigned in disgrace after his wife …
Todd J. Gillman / Salt Lake Tribune:
Perry has plenty of ideas on Supreme Court, including term limits  —  One solution the governor embraces is to end lifetime tenure — a cornerstone of the Constitution, whose drafters worried far less about activist or senile judges than about meddling tyrants and political pressure.
CNET News:
Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive)  —  Cava22, the San Francisco bar where another unreleased iPhone apparently went missing.  —  In a bizarre repeat of a high-profile incident last year, an Apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar, CNET has learned.
The Huffington Post:
Pima County Repubs Raffle Glock As Fundraiser; Same Gun Type Used in Tucson Shooting … Talk about a killer gimmick.  —  An Arizona Republican fundraiser is offering as a prize the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
How to Measure a Storm's Fury One Breakfast at a Time  —  Disaster Pros Look to ‘Waffle House Index’; State of the Menu Gives Clue to Damage  —  Last weekend, Waffle House restaurants in hurricane-struck communities in North Carolina rushed to reopen.  The company has built a reputation …
Discussion: Moe Lane and TheBlaze.com
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Hits All-Time Low, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Economy Is Getting Worse, More Voters Say  —  President Barack Obama's overall job approval rating has sunk to an all-time low, as American voters disapprove 52 - 42 percent, compared to 47 - 46 percent approval in July …
Robert Reich:
Obama's Jobs Plan: Will He Offer Policy Miniatures or Give 'em Hell?  —  Next Thursday President Obama will unveil his jobs plan.  —  He'll choose either Plan A or Plan B.  —  Plan A would be big enough to restart the economy (now barely growing) and reduce unemployment (which continues to grow).
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The long march to dismantle democracy  —  I've been writing about the conservative movement's long term project to disenfranchise Democratic voters since I started this blog.  I had hoped that after the debacle of the 2000 election, the Democrats would take this issue seriously and put some weight behind substantial election reform.
Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Bill to regulate California health insurance rates is shelved  —  Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Feuer doesn't have enough votes in the California Senate to pass a rate-regulation bill that health insurance companies, healthcare providers and others fought.  —  A bill that would allow California …
Discussion: Healthwatch
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
George Clooney: Why I won't stand for President  —  The Hollywood actor explains why he will never stand for President.  —  George Clooney has ruled himself out of a future role as US President, citing Barack Obama's current troubles as a reason to avoid the job.
Ann Coulter / Official:
LIBERALS' VIEW OF DARWIN UNABLE TO EVOLVE  —  Amid the hoots at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry for saying there were “gaps” in the theory of evolution, the strongest evidence for Darwinism presented by these soi-disant rationalists was a 9-year-old boy quoted in The New York Times.
 
 
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