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10:35 AM ET, September 2, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
White House received emails about Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation  —  Three national security officials were given some details about the operation.  But an administration official says the emails do not prove that anyone in the White House was aware of the covert tactics of the program.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Dem ‘plans to ask a Republican to sit with him’ at joint session
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
U.S. Showed No Job Growth in August; Rate Stays at 9.1%  —  The economy showed no job growth in August, the first time there has been no increase in net jobs in the United States in 11 months.  —  The flat performance in the job market was down sharply from a revised 85,000 gain of jobs in July …
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economy Gains No Jobs in August, Rate Holds at 9.1%  —  The US economy created no jobs and the unemployment rate held steadily higher at 9.1 percent in August, fueling concerns that the US is heading for another recession.  —  It was the first time since World War II that the economy had a net zero jobs created for a month.
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Employers add no net jobs in Aug.; rate unchanged  —  Employers added no net jobs in August, while unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.1 pct.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
U.S. nets no new jobs in August  —  This is not what President Barack Obama wanted to hear.  —  In the weakest jobs report in a year, the economy added no net jobs in August, while the nation's 9.1 percent unemployment rate remained unchanged, the Labor Department announced on Friday.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Datechguy's Blog
Fox News:
Employers Add Zero Net Jobs in August, Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 9.1 Percent  —  A dismal labor report Friday showed the economy added zero net workers in August, intensifying pressure on President Obama to unveil a major jobs initiative during his speech to Congress next week.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Fails to Add Jobs
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin to Rip “Crony Capitalism” in Iowa Speech
Discussion: GOP 12 and Conservatives4Palin
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Illegal immigration is flash point for Republican White House hopefuls
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Huge majority of tea partiers don't want Palin to run
Washington Examiner:
York: Left paints the campaign as a religious war
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 …
Gary S. Becker / Wall Street Journal:
The Great Recession and Government Failure  —  When comparing the performance of markets to government, markets look pretty darn good.  —  The origins of the financial crisis and the Great Recession are widely attributed to “market failure.”  This refers primarily to the bad loans …
Wall Street Journal:
Huntsman's Good Economic Plan  —  Better than anything so far from the GOP Presidential field.  —  Republican Presidential candidate and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is lagging in the polls, but the economic agenda he rolled out this week may start getting him more attention.  And deservedly so.
Discussion: CNN and The Volokh Conspiracy
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Five GOP Presidential Candidates Have Proposed Eliminating Capital Gains Tax, A $1 Trillion Giveaway To The Rich
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Eric and Irene  —  “Have you left no sense of decency?”  That's the question Joseph Welch famously asked Joseph McCarthy, as the red-baiting demagogue tried to ruin yet another innocent citizen.  And these days, it's the question I find myself wanting to ask Eric Cantor, the House majority leader …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: A jobs plan that might actually work  —  House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill.Most of Washington's attention is on the jobs plans being announced by President Obama and various Republican presidential candidates.
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:   Is austerity killing Europe's recovery?
Brendan O'Neill / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
There is something very ugly about this attempt to ghettoise Israeli musicians  —  Last night's protest at the Proms against the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra represented a new low in anti-Israel agitation.  It confirmed that everything and everyone connected with Israel is now looked upon by certain …
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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 …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Dem senators: Big job loss if transportation bill is not extended  —  Two Democratic senators are warning that 1.8 million jobs could be lost if Congress fails to approve a new transportation bill by Sept. 30.  —  Sens. Tim Johnson (S.D.) and Barbara Boxer (Calif.) sent a letter to every senator …
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama: From ‘yes we can’ to ‘it takes time’  —  Obama lowers bar on rhetoric in his campaign speeches  —  When he ran for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama sprinkled his campaign speeches with ambitious catchphrases such as “the fierce urgency of now” and “yes we can.”
 
 
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Fear of Terrorism in U.S. Is Near Low Point
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
‘Thank You, America!’  —  Americans are not often heroes …
Discussion: Salon and americanthinker.com
Guardian:
WikiLeaks decides to make public all US state department cables
Discussion: Balloon Juice and New York Times
CNN:
CNN Poll: 8 in 10 think we're in a recession
Discussion: The Politico
Nina Shea / National Review:
The Administration Takes on ‘Islamophobia’
Discussion: Israpundit
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh to skip Obama jobs speech
 Earlier Items: 
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Jury unable to reach verdict in killing of gay student Larry King
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
CNN:
New Hampshire GOP chair resigns
NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Distancing Themselves From Obama
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Florida Republicans Fight To Keep ‘Cohabitation’ Of Unmarried Couples Illegal
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tucson Republican Leader Slams County GOP For Giffords Gun Raffle