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10:10 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
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
Jake Tapper / Politics:
Infrastructure Spending, Public Disapproval of the President, and the New “Hoffa Standard”: Today's Q's for O's WH - 9/6/20112  —  TAPPER: The president's talked about — I know there's a lot in the speech that we don't know about, but it does seem like infrastructure spending's going to be part of it.
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 …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Obama to propose $300 billion to jump-start jobs
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Speech Impediment
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Hot Air and The Politico
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP seeks pre-speech huddle
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics and Daily Kos
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner, Cantor want Obama to meet leaders before jobs speech
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Tea Party's ridiculous hissy fit over Jimmy Hoffa  —  As you may have heard, Tea Party conservatives and right-wing bloggers are having a grand old time faking outrage over James Hoffa's Labor Day speech, in which he said of Tea Partyers: “Let's take these son of bitches out.”
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
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 …
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 …
Daniel Foster / National Review:
Tea Party Zombies Must Die
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
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
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 …
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.
Rachel Gordon / SFGate:
Message to nudists: At least be sanitary  —  The naked truth, it seems, is that San Francisco is once again going to emerge as a city ripe for ridicule — or a beacon of free expression — depending on your point of view.  The latest issue?  Public nudity.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
It's no longer Obama-land in the Hamptons  —  Barack Obama has lost the Hamptons.  —  That sentence is a fat target for ridicule, I know, since the Hamptons are often reviled as the playground of the ridiculously rich and the promiscuously silly — hardly the working-class Democratic base.
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%.
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 …
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 what is clearly an ouster is uncertain, but Bartz has had a very rocky tenure in her 32 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.
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
Prop. 8 backers seem likely to win right to appeal its rejection  —  The California Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to rule the backers of Proposition 8 and other ballot measures have the right to defend them in court.  —  During an hour of arguments, several justices …
Paul Osterman / New York Times:
Yes, We Need Jobs.  But What Kind?  —  ON Thursday, President Obama will deliver a major speech on America's employment crisis.  But too often, what is lost in the call for job creation is a clear idea of what jobs we want to create.  —  I recently led a research team to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas …
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.
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.
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