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9:40 AM ET, September 2, 2011

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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 …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Speaker John Boehner Should Resign For His Unprecedented Insult To The President  —  The mainstream media, and even some in the liberal opinion media, have completely missed the point of President Obama's dust-up with Speaker John Boehner over the date for Obama's address before a joint session of Congress.
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.
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh to skip Obama jobs speech
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger …
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
White House: Send us your petitions
The Hill:
Obama, Boehner reach deal on timing of address to Congress
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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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Washington Examiner:
York: Left paints the campaign as a religious war  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to an estimated 30,000 attendees at the non-denominational prayer and fasting event, ‘The Response,’ on August 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  Thousands attended the event organized by Gov. Rick Perry in order …
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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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:   Is austerity killing Europe's recovery?
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Top Ten Right-Wing Responses To CAP's Islamophobia Report: ‘Cowards,’ ‘Straight Out of Mein Kampf,’ ‘A Pile Of Dung’  —  The Center for American Progress's new report, “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” is receiving a positive welcome from neutral observers …
Sheila Marikar / Politics:
Sarah Palin's Saturday Speech Will Be a ‘Full Throated Defense of the Tea Party’  —  ABC's Shushannah Walshe and Sheila Marikar report:  —  Two days before Sarah Palin's much anticipated, on, off, and on again Iowa speech, details are emerging about what the former Alaska governor will say.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Florida Republicans Fight To Keep ‘Cohabitation’ Of Unmarried Couples Illegal  —  Thousands of unmarried couples who are living together in Florida may be surprised to learn that they are actually breaking the law.  Under outdated and rarely enforced state laws that have been on the books since …
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Grassley, Issa Expand ‘Fast and Furious’ Investigation  —  That didn't take long.  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said they were expanding their probe into a troubled anti-gun-trafficking program, two days after the Justice Department announced a shake-up of officials who oversaw the program.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
CNN:
CNN Poll: 8 in 10 think we're in a recession  —  Washington (CNN) - Economic fears are not diminishing.  More than eight in 10 Americans think the economy is in another recession, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.  One-third of those surveyed think it's serious.
Discussion: The Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House downgrades 2012 jobs, economic forecasts; cites ‘turbulence’  —  The Obama administration downgraded its forecast for economic growth Thursday, predicting turmoil in the economy will likely keep unemployment above 9 percent through next year's election.
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BBC:
Protests disrupt Proms concert by Israel Philharmonic  —  Pro-Palestinian demonstrators inside the hall were greeted by boos when they tried to protest  —  Protesters have disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's BBC Proms concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Is The Great Recession Forcing Graduates Of Elite Colleges Into A Desperate Life Of Rockstardom?  —  As we saw yesterday, the recession's bite has been broad, including on the earnings of recent college graduates.  But this seems to be going a bit far:
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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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
Nina Shea / National Review:
The Administration Takes on ‘Islamophobia’
Discussion: Israpundit
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
Discussion: Associated Press
NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Distancing Themselves From Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP Israel group launches New York campaign
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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David Weprin / Jewish Press:
TURNER VS. WEPRIN - IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lieberman: Obama's concern with offending Muslims hurts war effort
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tucson Republican Leader Slams County GOP For Giffords Gun Raffle
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