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4:20 AM ET, September 3, 2011

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ABCNEWS:
Investigators Probe White House Role in Massive Energy Loan  —  House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House moves to limit fallout from retreat on clean-air rule  —  The White House moved quickly Friday to try and quell anger from the left over President Obama's decision to shelve planned smog regulations.  —  White House officials vowed Friday to defend other Clean Air Act regulations …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
The Hill:
White House shelves smog rule in huge defeat for green groups  —  The White House announced Friday that it is shelving a major planned Environmental Protection Agency regulation that would have tightened smog standards, dealing a huge blow to environmentalists that had pushed the Obama administration …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Administration Abandons Plan to Tighten Air-Quality Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is abandoning its plan to immediately tighten air-quality rules nationwide to reduce emissions of smog-causing chemicals after an intense lobbying campaign by industry …
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Did the White House double-cross its supporters on the smog rule?  —  (BRIAN NICHOLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS) Get ready to hear a lot about ozone in the coming weeks.  On Friday, in a surprise move, the White House told the EPA to pull back on national standards for ground-level ozone pollution …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Jon Lovett's written for the president, but will that get him to Hollywood?  —  A young and witty speechwriter for an eloquent but exhausted president escapes a struggling White House and stodgy capital city for Hollywood, where he beats the odds to find fame and fortune writing comedy for more bankable stars.
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Obama to Breathers: Sorry, Wait Until 2013  —  On Friday, in a move that shocked enviros and public-health advocates, President Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to tighten a key air-quality standard.  The request, Obama said, is part of the administration's efforts …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama's Enron  —  Bush was flayed for Enron.  Where does that put Obama and his green-energy pet?  —  We have seen the future, and it went bankrupt.  —  If the praises of high-ranking Obama-administration officials were a viable business plan, the solar-panel maker Solyndra would be an industrial juggernaut.
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Post:
The White House mess
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Heather Zichal / White House.gov Blog:
Cleaner Air and a Stronger Economy - A Record of Success
Discussion: The Raw Story and Politics
O.Kay Henderson:
Palin: “there's room for more” (audio)  —  As former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin walked in the front door of The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa, this evening, a reporter asked Palin what she thought about the current field of GOP presidential candidates.  —  “Happy with the field of candidates.
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John Fund / NewsMax.com:
Why Sarah Palin Is Not Running  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Sarah Palin will swoop into Iowa and New Hampshire to speak at tea party rallies this Labor Day weekend …
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Science Stunner: Editor of Journal that Published Flawed Denier Bunk Apologizes, Resigns, Slams Spencer for Exaggerations  —  Wow.  Double wow.  Stop the Presses, Deniers!  Your effort to deny basic climate science based on bunkum has met its match.  —  Here's an editorial by Dr. Wolfgang Wagner …
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Peter Gleick / Forbes.com:
Peter's News Stream
Discussion: BBC, Watts Up With That? and Guardian
Will Wilkinson / The New Republic:
A Libertarian's Lament: Why Ron Paul Is an Embarrassment to the Creed  —  I don't put much stock in politicians, so I've only twice donated to political campaigns.  In 2006, I tossed a few dollars at the Democrat running for Senate against the loathsome Rick Santorum.
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry leads Mitt Romney in Nevada, poll finds
Discussion: Hot Air
CNNMoney.com:
Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The August jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market.  —  Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984 …
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Columnist: Registering Poor To Vote ‘Like Handing Out Burglary Tools To Criminals’  —  Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum is just going to come right out and say it: registering the poor to vote is un-American and “like handing out burglary tools to criminals.”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Kindle Tablet Is Very Real.  I've Seen It, Played With It.  —  It's called simply the “Amazon Kindle”.  But it's not like any Kindle you've seen before.  It displays content in full color.  It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen.  And it runs Android.
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Video cameras barred from Rep. Jim Renacci's Sept. 1 town hall meeting: video  —  Despite a nationwide controversy that erupted last week after Cincinnati GOP Rep. Steve Chabot refused to allow video cameras at a town hall meeting, organizers of a public meeting last night with Wadsworth GOP …
Zoe Tillman / The BLT:
D.C. Circuit Judge Ginsburg to Join NYU Law Faculty  —  U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg will be joining the faculty at New York University School of Law starting in January, the school announced today.  —  Ginsburg, who was appointed to the court in 1986 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Conservative Recovery Teeters Into Recession  —  Looks like we had 17,000 thousand new private sector jobs in August, which were 100 percent offset by 17,000 lost jobs in the public sector.  —  The striking zero result should galvanize minds, but it's worth noting that this has been the trend all year.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
On the road to the ‘conservative recovery’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Fox News:
White House Hints at More Economic Speeches, Proposals Ahead  —  In what could be a way of lowering expectations for next Thursday's big economic speech, aides to President Obama are privately spreading word that he will not present his entire jobs plan in his address to a Joint Session of Congress.
Fox News:
Evidence Suggests Cover-Up in ATF Scandal, as More Guns Appear at Crime Scenes  —  Just hours after the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, federal officials tried to cover up evidence that the gun that killed Terry was one the government intentionally helped sell to the Mexican cartels …
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New York Post:
‘Spy’ furor for Weprin
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Democracy Now:
U.S. Wasting Billions While Tripling No-Bid Contracts After Decade of War in Iraq, Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and iWatch News
First Read / msnbc.com:
Perry pushed bill that could benefit doctor's firm at same time he received ‘unproven’ treatment
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cheney: We considered bypassing Congress on TARP authorization
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CNN:
Ryan says no regrets over presidential decision
Discussion: Washington Post and TheBlaze.com
Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Republican Party leader in N.H. quits
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA shifts focus to killing targets
Discussion: Lawfare, Weasel Zippers and TalkLeft
Barney Frank / Washington Post:
The Senate refuses to consider Obama nominees