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8:30 PM ET, September 9, 2011

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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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
White House doubles down: Pass the WHOLE jobs bill, Republicans  —  Yesterday, after the President finished up his speech last night, House Republicans responded by signaling an openness to passing parts of Obama's new jobs bill, while signaling disapproval of Obama's vow to barnstorm the country …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
‘You Should Pass It’  —  I find it truly comforting …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama to voters: ‘You have every right to be frustrated’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama goes big — and should stay big
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: ‘Pass this bill’
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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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Moody's: Obama plan will add 1.9M jobs  —  A top economist says President Barack Obama's job plan will likely add 1.9 million jobs and grow the economy by 2 percent.  —  Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, also said Obama's $447-billion plan would likely cut the unemployment rate …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rep. Waters: Obama ‘heard’ Congressional Black Caucus with jobs plan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
UPI:
Moody's: Obama plan would add 1.9M jobs
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Ron Paul Describes ‘Confrontation’ With Rick Perry On GOP Debate Stage  —  During the break of the GOP debate on Wednesday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry left his own podium to address his fellow Texan, Rep. Ron Paul.  A photographer captured the exchange, which appeared to be rather spirited given …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
How Ron Paul won the debate  —  This Tuesday, Republican frontrunner Rick Perry sent out a statement questioning Rep. Ron Paul's fealty to Ronald Reagan.  On Wednesday, he attacked Paul from the stage.  And on Thursday, photographs circulated of him jamming his finger into the mild-mannered libertarian's face.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Guardian
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Al Gore reflects on Rick Perry
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Poll shocker: GOP up for Anthony Weiner seat  —  Republicans are poised for a dramatic upset in next week's special election for a New York City congressional seat, according to a new poll out Friday.  —  The survey, conducted by the Siena Research Institute, found Republican Bob Turner holding …
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G-A-Y / Good As You:
Mailers: NOM attacks Weprin and his faith; ya know, because they're such ‘religious freedom’ fans
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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.
ABCNEWS:
Feds Raid Homes of Solyndra CEO, Execs  —  Federal agents have expanded their examination of the now-bankrupt California solar power company Solyndra, searching the homes of the company's CEO and two of its executives, examining computer files and documents, iWatch News and ABC News have learned.
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Bush Credits ‘The Work That Was Done’ During ‘My Presidency’ For Osama Bin Laden's Death  —  President Bush sat down with USA Today to discuss the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and his role in shaping U.S. policy in their aftermath.  During the interview, Bush thought he'd take the opportunity …
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Judy Keen / USA Today:   Bush on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath
Spencer Ackerman / Wired.com:
How Special Ops Copied al-Qaida to Kill It  —  One of the greatest ironies of the 9/11 Era: while politicians, generals and journalists lined up to denounce al-Qaida as a brutal band of fanatics, one commander thought its organizational structure was kind of brilliant.
John Galliano / Washington Post:
F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11  —  Video: The Washington Post's Anqoinette Crosby talks with reporter Steve Hendrix about one of the first fighter pilots to scramble after the attacks of Sept. 11.  With no ordinance on board her jet, she was faced with the possibility …
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
Obama's uncle quietly released from jail  —  Officials released President Obama's uncle from Plymouth County jail yesterday after holding him for more than two weeks on an immigration detainer for violating an order to return to his native Kenya in 1992.  —  US officials refused to disclose …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Which word was missing from Obama's speech last night?  —  Barack Obama's supporters praised him for having it in his joint-session speech last night on job creation.  A national economy needs plenty of it in order to expand.  Consumers consider it one of the most pressing economic issues they face.
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JSOnline:
State employee fired after telling co-workers about photo ID policy  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — A low-level state employee was fired Thursday after he sent an email to his fellow employees telling them about the state Department of Transportation's policy …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Reuters and Daily Kos
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Eric Kleefeld / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Wis. Employee Fired For E-Mail Defying Voter-ID Policy
Discussion: Wonkette and Balloon Juice
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: Don't break up Obama's jobs bill  —  Pass President Barack Obama's jobs plan in pieces?  House Democrats say no.  —  Democratic leaders in the lower chamber said they were determined that Obama's yet-to-be-written jobs legislation be considered in one sweeping bill …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama gets cool response from Republicans, even some Dems
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Mel Gibson on Judah Maccabee, Christopher Hitchens, and Circumcision  —  The director talks about his biopic on the Jewish hero of Hannukah  —  The news that Mel Gibson is going to make a biopic about Judah Maccabee, the great hero of the Hannukah story, did not come as a surprise to me.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Palin knew Revere better than Obama knew Lincoln  —  Obama flubbed his history.  Via Ed Morrissey, Obama inaccurately called Abraham Lincoln the founder of the Republican Party:  —  Not true!  Doesn't Obama know history?  —  So now the media will erupt for weeks on end about what an …
William Lajeunesse / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Third Gun Linked to ‘Fast and Furious’ Identified at Border Agent's Murder Scene  —  A third gun linked to “Operation Fast and Furious” was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, new documents obtained exclusively by Fox News suggest, contradicting earlier assertions …
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Nikki Haley's Jobless Drug Test Claim Exaggerated … Nikki Haley , Unemployment , Savannah River Site , Drug Testing , Nikki Haley Drug Tests , Rick Scott Drug Testing , Unemployment Drug Test , Politics News  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) wants the jobless to pass a drug test …
 
 
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James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Obama's job creation speech draws 31 million
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Saint Petersblog
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The 9/11 ‘overreaction’? Nonsense.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
myfoxny.com:
US Military Plane Forced Down By North Korean Electronic Attack
Bill Gorman / TVbytheNumbers:
I will post the breakdowns for the individual broadcast and cable networks once I get them.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Mocks Senior Citizen Handcuffed At His Town Hall: 'I Hope He's Taking His Blood Pressure Medication'
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Latest Health-Care Ruling a Double Win for Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
If Huntsman, why not Johnson?
Discussion: GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
U.S. judge upholds Florida “Fair District” law voters approved in November
Discussion: Ballot Box
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
AOL email as status symbol
Discussion: Gawker and The Atlantic Online
Jeffrey T. Kuhner / Washington Times:
Obama and the lunatic left
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton: ‘Below zero’ chance at challenging Obama
Discussion: Outside the Beltway