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8:35 PM ET, September 6, 2011


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Mark Finkelstein /
Scarborough: ‘No Way’ Perry Can Beat Obama  —  Looks like Joe Scarborough aims to single-handedly winnow the Republican presidential field.  A few weeks ago, the Morning Joe host dismissed Michele Bachmann as “a joke.”  Today, Scarborough proclaimed that there is “no way” Rick Perry could beat Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and HotAirPundit
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Texas Is On Fire
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rick Perry moves ahead of Mitt Romney in race for GOP nomination in new poll
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Rick Perry: The reluctant debater
Discussion: and Ben Smith's Blog
Michael Isikoff /
Super PAC backing Rick Perry to spend $55 million to beat rivals, documents reveal
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Koch, Hussein, Obama  —  A spokesman for conservative billionaire Charles Koch denies he compared Barack Obama to Saddam Hussein, and an ambiguous audio recording offers support for that claim.  —  Mother Jones posted the audio today of Koch speaking at his conservative groups' bi-annual …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Carney blames low poll numbers on frustration toward Washington  —  White House officials said Tuesday that President Obama's approval ratings are dropping because Americans are furious with Washington in general.  —  But even as White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted political obstruction …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP seeks pre-speech huddle
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Speech Impediment
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Hot Air and The Politico
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner, Cantor want Obama to meet leaders before jobs speech
Discussion: Sky Dancing
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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Teamsters chief says unions didn't start ‘war’ with Tea Party, battles with conservative media
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.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Janet Napolitano: Drudge is ‘just wrong’ on privacy  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is calling out web news aggregator Matt Drudge for suggesting that she's an ogre eager to invade the privacy of Americans and in particular those who travel by air.
Discussion: Mediaite, and Raw Replay
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 …
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 …
Joshua Hersh / The Huffington Post:
Iraq Troop Withdrawal: Obama Administration Supports Reducing U.S. Forces To 3,000 By End Of 2011
Discussion: Hot Air
Stephen Gutowski / MRCTV:
Video Game Allows Players to Slaughter “Tea Party Zombies” Like Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly  —  Have you ever fantasized about beating Bill O'Reilly to death with a crowbar or shooting up the offices of Americans for Prosperity with an Uzi?  Well, the folks at StarvingEyes Advergaming apparently …
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.
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%.
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.
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
More Republicans skipping Obama's jobs speech  —  When President Obama delivers his address on a new job-creation plan to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, he won't be speaking to a sold-out crowd.  Several lawmakers are still determining whether it is worth their time to stay …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Carol Bartz Out at Yahoo; CFO Tim Morse Named Interim CEO  —  According to sources at the company, Yahoo's Carol Bartz is no longer CEO of Yahoo.  CFO Tim Morse has been named interim CEO.  —  The situation around the departure is unclear, but Bartz has had a very rocky tenure in her 30 months at the company.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Where the Jobs Aren't  —  With the economy stagnating and unemployment high, where are the jobs of the future going to come from?  A few years ago, it seemed as though the Green Economy could be a big part of the answer.  —  New clean-energy sources could address environmental, economic and national security problems all at once.
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.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
For Obama, a Familiar Labor Day Theme  —  DETROIT — Labor Day must seem like the movie “Groundhog Day” to President Obama.  On Monday, for a third year he celebrated the holiday that honors workers with union members and their families in a political swing state, promising job-creation measures …
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.
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.
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.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why did the GOP turn against stimulus?  Ask a psychologist.  —  Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, displays a copy of the pledge that he encourages politicians to sign.  At left is a Guy Fawkes mask given to him by an acquaintance.  Fawkes was famous for attempting to blow up the English House of Lords in 1605.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Did A Top GOP Staffer For Sen. Grassley Cover Up Evidence Of News Corp Hacking In The U.S.?  —  A News Corp. whistleblower allegedly gave sensitive documents to Grassley's Senate Finance investigator Nick Podsiadly in 2006.  Above, Podisadly addresses a conference.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
Prop. 8 backers seem likely to win right to appeal its rejection
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
It's no longer Obama-land in the Hamptons
Jake Tapper / Politics:
Infrastructure Spending, Public Disapproval of the President, and the New “Hoffa Standard” …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and The Daily Caller
Paul Osterman / New York Times:
Yes, We Need Jobs. But What Kind?
Wall Street Journal:
Debt Anger Imperils GOP, Democrats Alike
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney unveils sweeping plan for jobs, economy
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Public disapproves of Obama on economy, but supports his actual fiscal policies
Shahien Nasiripour / Financial Times:
US banks offered deal over lawsuits
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Currency Wars Could Save The World
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How a Young Dick Cheney Fixed Prices for Millions
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
EXCLUSIVE: Palin's surprise visit delights bride and groom