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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
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama's paradox problem
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
John DiStaso / unionleader.com:
Primary Status: Huntsman camp confirms firing of NH campaign manager  —  THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 UPDATE: FIRING CONFIRMED.  The Huntsman campaign has just confirmed our report below that state campaign manager Ethan Eilon has been fired and that Sarah Crawford Stewart will take over many aspects of the job.
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC and msnbc.com
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.
Vanity Fair:
The 2011 New Establishment List: And the Top Spot Goes to...  This year's New Establishment list identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs—"The Age of Information gives way to a burgeoning Age of Technology," as Graydon Carter puts it.
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.
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
Sara Horowitz / The Atlantic Online:
The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time  —  Welcome to the Gig Life.  The boom in independent work is changing the way we think about jobs and careers.  Does Washington get it?  —  REUTERS  —  It's been called the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
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.
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.
Rick Maze / Army Times:
Hunter seeks to protect straight troops' rights  —  A California congressman strongly opposed to allowing gays to serve openly in the military is drafting legislation to protect the rights of straight service members who object to the presence of gays.  —  The draft bill prepared by Rep. Duncan Hunter …
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
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.
 
 
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Kate Berry / americanbanker.com:
Robo-Signing Redux: Servicers Still Fabricating Foreclosure Documents
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Felix Salmon
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
S.C. Gov. supports crippling ‘un-American’ NLRB, including resignation of lone GOP member
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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman's pre-presidential PAC raised lots of cash
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 …
NY Daily News:
The Daily News endorses Bob Turner over David Weprin for Congress to replace Anthony Weiner
Discussion: PolitickerNY and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Approval of Labor Unions Holds Near Its Low, at 52%
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
As Republicans debate, Palin expected in South Korea
Discussion: CNN, Politics and The Daily Caller
Ann Coulter / Official:
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Discussion: neo-neocon