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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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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 …
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Is Obama Playing Rope-a-Dope?  —  Here was the headline on Yahoo from Wednesday night: Obama bows to Boehner on jobs speech.  —  I can tell you what any progressive who has been paying attention thought, “Oh boy, here we go again.”  —  President Obama has now changed the day of his address to Congress to accommodate the Republicans.
Discussion: National Review
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:
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama's paradox problem
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Minutes after his Sept. 8 address to Congress is set, Obama bashes both houses
Discussion: Wizbang and Betsy's Page
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Senate jam: DeMint also vows to block Obama speech
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Coincidences don't happen in presidential politics. Ever.
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 …
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Joshua Green / Associated Press:
Perry can't exploit key weakness for Romney  —  AS RECENTLY as six months ago, Mitt Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination was widely thought to be doomed because, as governor of Massachusetts, he had signed a health care law strikingly similar to the one President Obama signed last year.
Discussion: GOP 12
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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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 …
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 …
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
FEMA'S use of term ‘federal family’ for government expands under Obama  —  Posted: 6:17 p.m. Wednesday, Augt.  31, 2011  —  Don't think of it as the federal government but as your “federal family.”  —  In a Category 4 torrent of official communications during the approach and aftermath …
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Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
How to Measure a Storm's Fury One Breakfast at a Time
Discussion: Moe Lane and TheBlaze.com
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
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 …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Another Republican Rebukes Cantor: Chris Christie Demands Hurricane Aid Without Offsetting Cuts  —  Last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) shockingly said that Congress should not approve emergency aid to states battered by Hurricane Irene unless it makes offsetting budget cuts elsewhere first.
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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ThinkProgress:
Morning Briefing: September 1, 2011
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 …
Guardian:
How US firms profited from rendition flights  —  Court documents illustrate how US contracted out secret rendition transportation to a network of private companies  —  The scale of the CIA's rendition programme has been laid bare in court documents that illustrate in minute detail …
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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.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Solar Firm Aided by Federal Loans Shuts Doors  —  WASHINGTON — A Silicon Valley maker of solar power arrays that was started with high hopes and $527 million in loans from the federal government said on Wednesday that it would cease operations.  The failure of the company …
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The Politico:
Michele Bachmann AWOL from N.H.  —  Bachmann's New Hampshire effort is led by state chairman Jeff Chidester, a radio host based in Rochester.  In an interview, he told POLITICO he's received assurances from the campaign's national leadership that the candidate will be back in September …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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 …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Iceland Exits  —  Iceland is no longer under an IMF program; here's the IMF report (pdf) pronouncing the adjustment program successful.  Indeed.  Iceland still has high unemployment and is a long way from a full recovery; but it's no longer in crisis, it has regained access to international capital markets …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Agonist
 
 
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Bachmann AWOL from N.H.
Discussion: GOP 12, Iowa Caucuses and Politics
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
How billionaires could save the country
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
GOP's Bob Turner, Democrat David Weprin Spar Over Medicare, Social Security At NY-9 Debate
Discussion: Ballot Box and Campaign 2012
Chris Moran / Houston Chronicle:
Houston businesses get edge in bids for city contracts
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Off the Kuff
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
As Republicans debate, Palin expected in South Korea
Discussion: Politics, CNN and The Daily Caller
Todd J. Gillman / Salt Lake Tribune:
Perry has plenty of ideas on Supreme Court, including term limits
Kevin Killeen / CBS St. Louis:
Publisher Calls FBI Over Muslim Backlash From 9/11 Coloring Book
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Romney money man on Bachmann-Jewish story: ‘No’
Discussion: New York Magazine and GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Thousands Visit Bowling Alley in Obama White House
Discussion: New York Magazine
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Bachmann an outsider on Capitol Hill
Discussion: GOP 12
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
As part of jobs plan, Obama calls for speedy infrastructure permitting
Hilary Hylton / Time:
Forget Irene: The Drought in Texas Is the Catastrophe That Could Really Hurt
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and ThinkProgress
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
George Clooney: Why I won't stand for President