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12:05 AM ET, September 8, 2011


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Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Confronting Disappointment  —  On Friday afternoon, as brave and committed activists continued their non-violent civil disobedience outside the White House in protest of the tar sands pipeline that would lead to a massive increase in global warming pollution, President Obama ordered the EPA …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's whopper of a claim on tax cuts  —  “We said working folks deserved a break , so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets.”  —  The president's Labor Day speech in Detroit featured …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The White House's two priorities  —  (ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG) The White House believes two things about the next 14 months in American politics: With more than a year to go before the election, they can't simply stop governing and start campaigning.  That means that whatever they propose needs to attract bipartisan support.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Campaign Challenge: Defining Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Gore rebukes Obama
Dan Berman / The Politico:
Al Gore: Obama bows to polluters
The Hill:
White House could take bigger role in vetting costly regulations ahead of 2012
Discussion: The Politico
John Matthews / 630 WMAL:
WMAL EXCLUSIVE: LISTEN - Obama's New Rule For Political Civility
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Fireworks between Perry and Romney erupt early in debate  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) began sparring over their respective jobs records after no less than 10 minutes into Wednesday's Republican presidential debate.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry begins to show his hand on Social Security  —  As I reported earlier today, Karl Rove's remarks are the first explicit challenge to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Social Security.  The issue is an important one, and not just for the general election; South Carolina and Florida have loads …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Perry Leads  —  This was a very successful debate debut for Rick Perry.  It confirms his position as the leader of the field.  As of now, this race is a Perry-Romney duel, but Perry's the one to beat.  Romney and Perry were well matched tonight, but Perry's appeal to the base means he's got …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney adviser: Perry ‘has lost’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign leapt just now on Rick Perry's restatement of his view that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and that promising to maintain it in its current form is a “monstrous lie.”  —  “PERRY DOES NOT BELIEVE SOCIAL SECURITY SHOULD EXIST,” read the headline of Romney's press release.
Fox News:
Pelosi Peeved Republicans Opt Out of Rebuttal to Obama Speech  —  Republicans have decided they're not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama's jobs speech later this week, a decision House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took as a high affront to the White House.
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
NBC picks Packers over Obama in Milwaukee  —  He probably didn't know it at the time, but when President Obama greeted Green Bay Packers quarterback (and California Golden Bears alum) Aaron Rodgers at the White House this August, he was shaking hand with the competition.  And not because Obama is a Chicago Bears fan.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Hill moving fast on spending bills  —  Keeping faith with the August debt accord, House Republicans and Senate Democrats moved dramatically closer on 2012 domestic spending Wednesday even as the GOP leadership signaled greater latitude regarding disaster funding without immediate offsets.
Reid pushes emergency FEMA funding while Cantor denies holding disaster aid ‘hostage’
Discussion: The Politico
Healthwatch:   OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Republican presidential debate promises healthcare fireworks
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Seeks To Call GOP Bluff By Pushing Clean Emergency Disaster Relief Bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The secret to the right wing noise machine's success  —  It's simple: Keep making noise, regardless of the facts, and hopefully with a big assist from the major news orgs, until the other side caves from sheer exhaustion, in order to make the noise go away.  —  Conservatives and Tea Partyers …
Dave Mundy / The Gonzales Cannon:
Feds to assume control of Bastrop Co. fire; volunteer firemen turned away  —  BASTROP — Firefighting-trained volunteers from around the state converged on Bastrop and Smithville Tuesday to lend a hand to the beleaguered local firefighters battling the Bastrop County Complex Fire …
Tim Graham /
Actress Mila Kunis: ‘I Love Barack Obama,’ Adds Young Republicans Are ‘Ill-Informed’  —  Actress Mila Kunis granted an interview (and cover photo) to Stylist magazine and proclaimed “I love Barack Obama” and that young Republicans are “ill-informed” in Middle America and can't tell you why they oppose Obama.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval Sinks to New Lows Among Whites, Hispanics  —  Blacks' support remains high, but at 84% ties record for monthly low  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama earned the lowest monthly job approval rating of his presidency to date in August, with 41% of U.S. adults approving …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
One Reason Why Keynesian Stimuli Aren't Working: They Aren't Keynesian  —  In The Washington Times, businessman Mike Whalen (who's associated the free-market think tank NCPA) writes up an interesting take on why various federal stimulus program have tanked like the Titanic (while causing few ripples on the way down).
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Dickensian  —  I have to laugh at the Mistermix that the media might notice the Republicans are crazy and a pile-on might begin.  It just cracks me up.  Look where we are now- Paul Ryan, the GOP poster boy who offered up the blueprint for the biggest piece of class warfare ever offered …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Greater Recession: The Real Reason Americans Feel So Squeezed  —  The collapse of the middle class is greater than the Great Recession.  But what's really behind our 30-year crash?  One statistic, often ignored, begins to provide a clearer picture.  It's the productivity, stupid.  —  REUTERS
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
The real Ronald Reagan may not meet today's GOP standards  —  The pragmatic side of the former president, who was willing to compromise when necessary, is overlooked as he becomes a conservative icon.  —  When the Republican presidential hopefuls gather to debate Wednesday night in Simi Valley …
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Conservative Purity
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Liberals Finally See the Obama We've Seen All Along  —  Hey, remember when it was an unhinged, unfair, right-wing smear to charge that Obama was obliviously and aloofly golfing his way through a four-year national recession?  —  Yeah, check out the cartoon of Tom Toles …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Jonathan Karl / Politics:
Dick Cheney Tells Republican Presidential Candidates To Watch Their Mouths  —  LOS ANGELES — Former Vice President Dick Cheney isn't picking sides in the battle for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, but in a remarkably candid interview with ABC News in Los Angeles …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Many in U.S. slip from middle class, study finds  —  Nearly one in three Americans who grew up middle-class has slipped down the income ladder as an adult, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.  —  Downward mobility is most common among middle-class people who are divorced …
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Aaron Blake / Bloomberg:
Obama's base grows disenchanted
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey News Release
Discussion: Economix and The Atlantic Online
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Whole Truth and Nothing But
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NC opposes marriage amendment
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Under the Bus: A Pack of Pouting Greens
Discussion: Big Government and Moe Lane
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Race to Replace Weiner Down to the Wire
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Anne Jolis / Wall Street Journal:
The Other Climate Theory  —  Al Gore won't hear it …
Discussion: Power Line
EXCLUSIVE: Libyan missiles looted
Washington Post:
Rick Perry's response to Texas wildfires offers glimpse of leadership
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Brown: ‘Uncle Omar’ should be deported
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Enough  —  “[A]t some point, Sarah Palin has to take some …