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11:05 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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Dem ‘plans to ask a Republican to sit with him’ at joint session  —  There will likely be at least some bipartisan seating in the House chamber for President Obama's speech next week.  —  Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) does not plan to renew his previous call for lawmakers to sit together in a symbolic gesture of unity.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Speaker John Boehner Should Resign For His Unprecedented Insult To The President
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.
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Zero: That's How Many Jobs Were Created in August  —  Is this the clear double-dip signal we have feared?  Maybe, but it depends on which of the government's surveys you believe.  —  One thing's for sure: employers must not have much faith in the U.S. recovery.
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Fails to Add Jobs
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
U.S. nets no new jobs in August
Discussion: Daily Kos and Datechguy's Blog
Fox News:
Employers Add Zero Net Jobs in August, Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 9.1 Percent
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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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.
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Bad Jobs Report Adds More Baggage to Obama Speech  —  With Unemployment Numbers Hinting at Double-Dip Recession, Obama Crafts Big Speech  —  “Zero”  — The number of new jobs added to the U.S. economy in the month of August according to the Bureau of Labor statistics.
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:   Is austerity killing Europe's recovery?
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
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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Employment in U.S. Stagnated in August  —  Employment in the U.S. unexpectedly stagnated in August as employers became less confident in the strength of the recovery.  The jobless rate held at 9.1 percent.  —  Payrolls were unchanged last month, the weakest reading since September 2010 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Don Surber
 
 
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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
College professor allegedly led motorcycle gang, drug ring [updated]
Discussion: msnbc.com, Gawker and FishbowlLA
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Supercommittee Pits Lobbying Firms' Clients Against One Another
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Fear of Terrorism in U.S. Is Near Low Point
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama: From ‘yes we can’ to ‘it takes time’
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Dem senators: Big job loss if transportation bill is not extended
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
 Earlier Items: 
Nina Shea / National Review:
The Administration Takes on ‘Islamophobia’
Discussion: Israpundit
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Walsh to skip Obama jobs speech
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