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4:30 PM ET, September 6, 2011


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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama ratings sink to new lows as hope fades  —  Public pessimism about the direction of the country has jumped to its highest level in nearly three years, erasing the sense of hope that followed President Obama's inauguration and pushing his approval ratings to a record low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
They like him  —  There's a deluge of terrible poll numbers for the White House today, but I think this one from our Battleground Poll is the most interesting:  —  Obama receives particularly low marks for his economic stewardship, with only 39 percent saying they approve and 59 percent saying they disapprove.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Perry continues to shake up GOP field, lead polls
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Welcome, Union Brothers and Sisters  —  In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses' security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends.  And now they're on course to raise a billion dollars …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Wasserman Schultz attacks Fox, ducks Hoffa  —  In a heated exchanged, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz repeatedly ducked questions on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday about Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa's call for workers to combat the tea party and “take these son-of-a-bitches out.”
Brad Friedman / MoJo Articles:
Exclusive Audio: Inside the Koch Brothers' Secret Seminar  —  Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of this report, on the GOP superstar who rocked the Koch seminar crowd.  —  “We have Saddam Hussein,” declared billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, apparently referring to President Barack Obama …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Janet Napolitano: Shoes-on flight in sight  —  Air travelers will eventually be able to keep their shoes on to pass through security, but the restrictions on carrying liquids on board are likely to remain in place for some time, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a POLITICO Playbook breakfast Tuesday.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
World Ends Today; Markets to Close Early?  —  The news out of Europe yesterday and this morning somehow puts me in mind of the long opening sequence in the John Landis feature film rendering of The Twilight Zone, in which Dan Ackroyd says to Albert Brooks, “You want to see something really scary?”
Courtney Comstock / Business Insider:
Deutsche Bank CEO Just Gave A Terrifying Speech In Frankfurt
Discussion: The Awl and The Western Experience
Tyler Durden /
Bring Out Your Dead - UBS Quantifies Costs Of Euro Break Up, Warns Of Collapse Of Banking System And Civil War
Larry J. Sabato / Wall Street Journal:
The 2012 Election Will Come Down to Seven States  —  National polls are nice, but Electoral College math is what matters.  —  Straw polls, real polls, debates, caucuses, primaries—that's the public side of presidential campaigns 14 months before Election Day.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner, Cantor want Obama to meet leaders before jobs speech  —  House GOP leaders on Tuesday asked President Obama to meet with congressional leaders from both parties to discuss his jobs plan ahead of his Thursday night address to Congress.  —  In a letter to Obama, House Speaker John Boehner …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP seeks common ground with W.H.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Texas and Mass. Still at Health Coverage Extremes in U.S.  —  Southern states still see highest uninsured rates in the country  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas residents continue to be the most likely in the United States to lack health coverage, with 27.2% reporting being uninsured in the first half of 2011.
Fox News:
Sources: Obama Administration to Drop Troop Levels in Iraq to 3,000  —  The Obama administration has decided to drop the number of U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the year down to 3,000, marking a major downgrade in force strength, multiple sources familiar with the inner workings and decisions …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi drops the word ‘stimulus’  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats have dropped the word stimulus from their vocabulary.  —  Though the House minority leader and her caucus are still pushing an economic stimulus agenda to save the economy, they've radically changed …
Magellan Strategies:
New York 9th Congressional District Special Election Survey (9/6/11)  —  Baton Rouge, LA - Magellan Strategies BR today released the survey results of an automated survey of 2,055 likely voters in New York's 9th Congressional District.  The survey was conducted September 1st, 2011 and has a margin of error of 2.16%.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Editorial Independence  —  There's confusion - way too much confusion - about my status at TechCrunch and TechCrunch's status at Aol after last week's announcement that I was launching a venture fund, partially backed by Aol.  —  The multiple conflicting statements made by Aol on Thursday …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ron Paul to attack Rick Perry in new ad  —  Ron Paul is taking on Rick Perry in a new television ad blasting the Texas governor for for supporting Al Gore's 1988 presidential campaign, POLITICO has learned.  —  The 60-second spot, backed by a six-figure ad buy — the first negative ad attacking Perry …
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
About that Romney job creation record
Bill Keller / New York Times:
My Unfinished 9/11 Business  —  Ten years after the attacks, we memorialize the loss and we mark the heroism, but there is no organized remembrance of the other feelings that day aroused: the bewilderment, the vulnerability, the impotence.  It may be difficult to recall with our attention …
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
Why are three free-trade deals languishing on Obama's desk?  —  According to the White House, President Obama has been huddling with advisers on a jobs plan he'll present to Congress this week.  One thing he could do immediately is finalize the free-trade deals with Colombia …
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Grenades Case Hits Justice  —  Blunders After U.S. Arrest of Suspected Supplier Had a Part in High-Level Ousters  —  Federal authorities are probing why the U.S. in 2010 let go an Arizona man accused of supplying grenades to a Mexican drug cartel, a case that played a role in the ouster …
John Phillips / Car and Driver Blog:
We Interview Vice President Joe Biden: He Owns a '67 Corvette and Loves Smoky Burnouts  —  America's vice president owns a '67 Corvette, and though he's not allowed to drive, he still enjoys the occasional smoky burnout.  —  C/D: You're the son of a car salesman?  —  JB: For 34 years, my dad managed dealerships in Delaware.
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic, is the author of “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.”  He was formerly a Washington correspondent and a Middle East correspondent for the New Yorker.  —  Robert Gates Says Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally: Jeffrey Goldberg
Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
EXCLUSIVE: Palin's surprise visit delights bride and groom  —  On the eve of Sarah Palin's speech before the Tea Party Express in New Hampshire, the former Alaska Governor shocked diners and delighted wedding guests by making an unannounced visit to The Puritan Backroom restaurant for some of their famous chicken fingers.
Discussion: Don Surber and Conservatives4Palin
New York Times:
Europeans Talk of Sharp Change in Fiscal Affairs  —  As leaders in Europe try to contain a deepening financial crisis, they are also increasingly talking about making fundamental changes to the way their 17-nation economic union works.  —  The idea is to create a central financial authority …
Shane Goldmacher / Los Angeles Times:
Poll illustrates California voters' anger  —  Nearly 3 in 4 say the country is on the wrong track, and nearly half favor slashing government spending — a potentially dismal finding for President Obama, who will unveil a jobs plan this week.  —  California voters are increasingly downcast …
Discussion: Gideon's Trumpet and Pajamas Media
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How a Young Dick Cheney Fixed Prices for Millions  —  In the Nixon White House, he helped Donald Rumsfeld implement wage and price controls at the urging of their boss  —  Imagine if Barack Obama proposed, as an economic recovery measure, that all prices and wages in America be frozen …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Can Politico Win Again?  Blogger Ben Smith helped the site dominate the 2008 election cycle—but Twitter's encroaching on its turf By Dylan Byers  —  Ben Smith has a problem.  —  If there is such a thing as the prototypical political news blogger, then he's it.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel  —  WASHINGTON — When Shamai K. Leibowitz, an F.B.I. translator, was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking classified information to a blogger, prosecutors revealed little about the case.  They identified the blogger in court papers only as “Recipient A.”
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Arizona's Case Against the Voting Rights Act  —  As ballot restrictions multiply, the state is bringing a lawsuit against the right to vote  —  In the past few years, the right to vote—basic to any real democratic self-government—has become controversial again.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Texas Is On Fire  —  The giant drought in Texas doesn't just ruin lawns, it's contributed to millions of acres worth of wildfires: … Perry may say that picking up the pieces is that they “always” do in Texas, but it's right there in the article that this is in fact the worst fire season on record.
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Did A Top GOP Staffer For Sen. Grassley Cover Up Evidence Of News Corp Hacking In The U.S.?
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Shahien Nasiripour / Financial Times:
US banks offered deal over lawsuits
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
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Turkish PM announces additional sanctions on Israel
Discussion: Truthdig, Jihad Watch and Pajamas Media
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Patent Reform Faces Final Hurdles in Senate
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Baldwin slams Washington, Madison in first campaign speech
Discussion: The Politico
Deborah Becker / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Undeclared Elizabeth Warren 9 Points Behind Sen. Brown
Discussion: TPMDC
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Indefinite solitary confinement persists in California prisons
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
A Congresswoman's Cause Is Often Her Husband's Gain
Discussion: Ballot Box
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin is in very good shape
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Should Democrats Play by Republican Rules?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Jobs Data, “Surprises” Mean Bad News
Discussion: Business Insider
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Courts Put the Brakes on Agenda of G.O.P.
Discussion: Booman Tribune

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