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11:40 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 …
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 …
USA Today:
Jobs plan deja vu
Discussion: White House.gov Blog
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Moody's: Obama plan will add 1.9M jobs
New York Post:   Obama talks a big game — but offers more of same
Macroeconomic Advisers / Macroadvisers:
American Jobs Act: A Significant Boost to GDP and Employment
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politics
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Obama gives campaign speech to liberals
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Latest Jobs Plan
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.
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Rick Perry: I'm all in for Fla's P5 straw poll  —  Leading Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann say they won't risk their top tier perception by participating in the Florida GOP's Presidency 5 straw poll, even though they will spend plenty of time courting Florida activists …
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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.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Book: Kennedy scorned idea of Johnson as president
Discussion: The Politico and Business Insider
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Jacqueline Kennedy Reveals That JFK Feared an LBJ Presidency
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Solyndra Scandal  —  The FBI raids a beneficiary of federal loan guarantees.  —  The political scandal over the failure of Solyndra, the politically connected solar-panel maker, just got a lot more interesting.  The FBI raided the company's Fremont, California offices yesterday and executed a search warrant.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Althouse
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Pro-Obama ‘super PAC’ to host event after speech  —  A meeting of the top fundraisers for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign kicks off tonight in Chicago with a speech-watching party at Obama's headquarters.  Right afterward, the national finance committee members have been invited to another event …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Stimulus for Skeptics  —  A few years ago, Kenneth Rogoff …
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Discussion: The Politico
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Discussion: Wonkette
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Struggling Jon Huntsman reorganizes
Discussion: GOP 12 and Business Insider
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