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6:55 PM ET, September 6, 2011


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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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Carney blames low poll numbers on frustration toward Washington
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP seeks pre-speech huddle
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics and Daily Kos
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Teamsters chief says unions didn't start ‘war’ with Tea Party, battles with conservative media
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner, Cantor want Obama to meet leaders before jobs speech
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Speech Impediment
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Politico
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 …
Gavin Aronsen / Mother Jones:
Exclusive: The Koch Brothers' Million-Dollar Donor Club  —  Twice a year, the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch host secretive retreats for an exclusive list of corporate America's rich and powerful to strategize and raise money for their right-wing political agenda.
Alex Sundby / CBS News:
Perry mum on GOP debate as Texas wildfires rage  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on CBS' “The Early Show” Tuesday that he doesn't know whether he will participate in the first Republican debate since his entry for the party's nomination for president as his state continues to battle persistent wildfires.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rick Perry moves ahead of Mitt Romney in race for GOP nomination in new poll
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Texas Is On Fire
Mark Finkelstein /
Scarborough: ‘No Way’ Perry Can Beat Obama
Discussion: The Right Scoop and HotAirPundit
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Rick Perry: The reluctant debater
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Battleground Poll: Obama approval rating down amid deep economic fears
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 …
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%.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Iran Human Rights:
Three men were executed convicted of sodomy  —  Iran Human Rights, September 5: According to the reports from Iran, six people were hanged in the Karoun prison of Ahvaz (southwest of Iran) early Sunday morning September 4th.  —  The state run Iranian news agency ISNA reported that three …
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 …
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Kendra Marr / The Politico:
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Wall Street Journal:
Debt Anger Imperils GOP, Democrats Alike
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney unveils sweeping plan for jobs, economy
Shahien Nasiripour / Financial Times:
US banks offered deal over lawsuits
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Currency Wars Could Save The World
Turkish PM announces additional sanctions on Israel
Discussion: Truthdig, Jihad Watch and Pajamas Media
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Shane Goldmacher / Los Angeles Times:
Poll illustrates California voters' anger
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Gideon's Trumpet
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How a Young Dick Cheney Fixed Prices for Millions
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Huntsman vs. ‘sad’ Romney record
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
A Congresswoman's Cause Is Often Her Husband's Gain
Discussion: Ballot Box