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3:30 PM ET, September 1, 2011

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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 …
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Minutes after his Sept. 8 address to Congress is set, Obama bashes both houses
Discussion: NY Daily News, Wizbang and Betsy's Page
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Thousands Visit Bowling Alley in Obama White House
Discussion: New York Magazine
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to give his own jobs address one week after Obama
Discussion: National Review
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama's paradox problem
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
And...Sept. 8 it is, White House says
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Tim Mak / The Politico:   Ariz. GOP raffling off Glock gun
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
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: Don Surber and National Review
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Gore urges Obama to block pipeline for ‘dirtiest source of fuel on the planet’  —  Former Vice President Gore called on President Obama late Wednesday to reject a pending permit application for a controversial pipeline project, calling the oil that it would carry “the dirtiest fuel on the planet.”
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Chu signals support for proposed oil pipeline
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Justice Department Tougher On Abortion Protesters … The Obama Justice Department has been taking a more aggressive approach against people who block access to abortion clinics, using a 1994 law to bring cases in greater numbers than its predecessor.  —  The numbers are most stark when it comes …
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: Firedoglake and The Raw Story
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.
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 …
Discussion: The New Republic
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
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.
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Buddy Roemer decries China open trade in jobs pitch  —  Declaring that what the country needs is “a crochety old man like me who has clear vision of the facts and wisdom to notice that there's no room to sit safely in the meeting,” Buddy Roemer brought his complaints about the economy right to China's doorstep on Thursday.
Discussion: CNN
Ehren Goossens / Bloomberg:
Obama Stands by Renewable-Energy Aid After Panel Maker Solyndra's Failure  —  President Barack Obama is standing by his support for renewable energy after Solyndra Inc., a maker of solar panels that received a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, shut its doors, a White House spokesman said.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Perry Proposed A Bi-National Health Insurance Plan With Mexico In 2001  —  Gov. Perry with then-Mexican President Vincente Fox.  —  The ghosts of Gov. Rick Perry's (R-TX) more moderate past have come back to haunt him in recent days, particularly when it comes to health care.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Howard Dean: Right On Foreign Medical Students  —  Justin Elliott has a kind of exposé piece in Salon about Howard Dean's post-DNC work as a de facto lobbyist and PR man for McKenna Long & Aldridge.  Elliott's interest in the topic stems, I believe, from Dean's advocacy on behalf …
Discussion: Salon and Eschaton
 
 
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
The Hurricane Irene blackouts weren't inevitable
Discussion: Washington Monthly
LawProf / Inside the Law School Scam:
Indignation  —  I don't want to make this blog a narcissistic exercise …
Sara Horowitz / The Atlantic Online:
The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Huntsman fires New Hampshire campaign manager
Discussion: CNN
NY Daily News:
The Daily News endorses Bob Turner over David Weprin for Congress to replace Anthony Weiner
Discussion: PolitickerNY and National Review
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Approval of Labor Unions Holds Near Its Low, at 52%
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Politico
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
As Republicans debate, Palin expected in South Korea
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