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10:10 AM ET, September 9, 2011

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Setting Their Hair on Fire  —  First things first: I was favorably surprised by the new Obama jobs plan, which is significantly bolder and better than I expected.  It's not nearly as bold as the plan I'd want in an ideal world.  But if it actually became law, it would probably make a significant dent in unemployment.
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Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama's jobs plan paid for?  Seems not  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's promise Thursday that everything in his jobs plan will be paid for rests on highly iffy propositions.  —  It will only be paid for if a committee he can't control does his bidding …
The Politico:
Obama jobs speech transcript: Full text (as prepared for delivery)  —  Remarks of President Barack Obama in an Address to a Joint Session of Congress  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans:  —  Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.
The White House:
THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT  —  1. Tax Cuts to Help America's Small Businesses Hire and Grow  — Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of businesses: The President's plan will cut in half the taxes paid by businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On the Tone and Structure of the Obama Jobs Speech  —  1) In his appraisal, the Atlantic's Chris Good said that the speech's refrain — pass this jobs bill; you should pass it right away — amounted to a kind of begging to Congress.  That may be the President's real situation.
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
The unhappy warrior  —  Barack Obama looked and sounded angry in his speech to the joint session of Congress.  He bitterly assailed one straw man after another and made reference to a grab bag of proposals which would cost something on the order of $450 billion—assuring us on the one hand …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: What's in the president's jobs plan, and what comes next  —  Members of the U.S. Congress applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a Joint Session at the U.S. Capitol.  (Chip Somodevilla - GETTY IMAGES)  —  “Pass this jobs bill,” said President Obama.  Then he said it again.
New York Post:
Obama talks a big game — but offers more of same  —  With his back against the wall, Barack Obama woke up from his depressed slumbers last night and gave us the first glimpse of Obama the Orator we've seen since his talk in Arizona after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting back in January.
The White House:
Address by the President to a Joint Session of Congress  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, and fellow Americans:  —  Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.  We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions …
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Obama gives campaign speech to liberals
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP chairman opposes Obama's call for national infrastructure bank
Discussion: Democracy in America
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The irrelevancy of the Obama presidency  —  President Obama gave one of the most impassioned speeches of his presidency when he addressed a joint session of Congress Thursday night.  Too bad so many in the audience thought it was a big, fat joke.  —  “You should pass this jobs plan right away!”
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Obama gets cool response from Republicans, even some Dems
ABCNEWS:
Biden: Obama Willing to Work With GOP on Jobs Plan
Discussion: The Page
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: We'll pass some of Obama's jobs proposals
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Feds: Zawahiri Launched Al Qaeda Terror Plot for 9/11 Anniversary  —  U.S. authorities are scrambling to sort through information that the CIA developed in the past 24 hours indicating that at least three individuals entered the U.S. in August by air with the intent to launch a vehicle-borne attack …
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CBS News:
U.S. tracks “credible” threat to NYC, D.C.  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  9/11: Ten Years Later  —  WASHINGTON - Just days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. counterterrorism officials were chasing a credible but unconfirmed al Qaeda threat to use a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington.
NBC New York:
9/11 Anniversary Terror Plot Probed, NYPD on High Alert
Wall Street Journal:
The Latest Jobs Plan  —  More temporary and targeted tax cuts and spending increases.  —  If President Obama's economic policies have had a signature flaw, it is the conceit that by pulling this or that policy lever, by spending more on this program or cutting that tax for a year …
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Jacqueline Kennedy on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  —  Speaking in the months after her husband's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy was so upset with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that she told a friend and interviewer that she could barely look at images of him.
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Jacqueline Kennedy Reveals That JFK Feared an LBJ Presidency
Discussion: Washington Post
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
We Are All Ponzi Schemers Now  —  I know I should ignore this.  Ignore, ignore, ignore.  You can do it, Kevin!  —  But no. I'm hopeless.  Here is Reason's Shikha Dalmia on why Social Security isn't a Ponzi scheme, it's worse than a Ponzi scheme: … Forget the business about the surplus.
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Carol Bartz exclusive: Yahoo “f—ed me over”  —  FORTUNE — Here is what Carol Bartz thinks of the Yahoo (YHOO) board that fired her: “These people f—ed me over,” she says, in her first interview since her dismissal from the CEO role late Tuesday.  —  Last evening, barely 24 hours …
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
Some of Sarah Palin's Ideas Cross the Political Divide  —  CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.  —  That is not how we're primed to see Ms. Palin.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Waxman: Obama's smog retreat is a mistake ‘substantively and politically’  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President Obama's decision to scuttle upcoming ozone pollution standards was a mistake “substantively and politically.”  —  “It was very discouraging to their environmental base …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Kyl threatens to quit supercommittee over further defense cuts  —  A senior Republican senator said Thursday he would have declined a seat on the congressional supercommittee if further Pentagon budget cuts were on the table.  —  The disclosure by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate sinks debt-ceiling disapproval bill  —  In a 45 to 52 vote on Thursday night, the Senate failed to advance a resolution that would have disapproved of a pending $500 billion increase in the nation's debt ceiling.  —  Under the debt-ceiling agreement reached in early August …
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
The Gladney-ization of America: Trumka sits with First Lady After AFL-CIO Took Hostages  —  Earlier this morning 500 or so members of the AFL-CIO stormed a port in Washington, vandalized the facility, reportedly cut the brake lines of train cars, and held six guards hostage.  Shockingly, no one was arrested.
 
 
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