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9:40 PM ET, September 6, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Detroit Free Press:
Transcript: Teamsters Jim Hoffa's speech on Labor Day
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Teamsters chief says unions didn't start ‘war’ with Tea Party, battles with conservative media
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
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
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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
Michael Isikoff / msnbc.com:
Super PAC backing Rick Perry to spend $55 million to beat rivals, documents reveal
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Rick Perry: The reluctant debater
Discussion: msnbc.com and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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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 …
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.
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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
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Speech Impediment
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Hot Air and The Politico
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 …
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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.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Janet Napolitano: Drudge is ‘just wrong’ on privacy
Discussion: Mediaite, TheBlaze.com 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 …
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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
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.
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%.
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 …
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 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Larry Elliott / Guardian:
George Osborne cuts growth forecast but sticks to plan A for economy
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney unveils sweeping plan for jobs, economy
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why did the GOP turn against stimulus? Ask a psychologist.
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