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5:55 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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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: We'll pass some of Obama's jobs proposals  —  Moments after President Barack Obama finished his jobs speech before Congress, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said he plans to split off several of the president's proposals and pass them immediately in the House.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
White House doubles down: Pass the WHOLE jobs bill, Republicans
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: ‘Pass this bill’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama gets cool response from Republicans, even some Dems
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
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: What's in the president's jobs plan, and what comes next
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
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
‘You Should Pass It’  —  I find it truly comforting …
UPI:
Moody's: Obama plan would add 1.9M jobs
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.
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
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Smith: ‘Uncle Omar’ shows Obama double standard
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Feds: Zawahiri Launched Al Qaeda Terror Plot for 9/11 Anniversary
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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Kepstein / iWatch News:
Solyndra investigation expands as agents visit executives' homes  —  CEO and founder of politically connected company questioned on day of raid.  Now some Democrats wonder if they'd been misled  —  FBI agents confiscate boxes from Solyndra headquarters to be used as evidence in their investigation.
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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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 …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Chris Matthews' Social Security admission: ‘It is a Ponzi scheme’  —  Betcha didn't see this one coming.  —  On MSNBC's Thursday broadcast of “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews committed the mortal sin — he nearly parroted the theory that mortified so many of the network's hosts and guests throughout the day.
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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
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 …
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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.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton: ‘Below zero’ chance at challenging Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there is a “below zero” chance that she will challenge President Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012.  —  In an interview with CNN's Alison Kosik on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Jeffrey T. Kuhner / Washington Times:
Obama and the lunatic left  —  President and his followers intend to end America's greatness  —  President Obama is politically insane.  This is the real meaning of his speech Thursday night in front of a joint session of Congress.  Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting
 
 
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Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Romney to give speech on labor policy in SC
Discussion: CNN
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Mocks Senior Citizen Handcuffed At His Town Hall: 'I Hope He's Taking His Blood Pressure Medication'
Veronique de Rugy / National Review:
Unemployment Rates: Promised vs. Actual
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
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
U.S. judge upholds Florida “Fair District” law voters approved in November
Discussion: Ballot Box
 Earlier Items: 
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Senate Approves $500 Billion Increase in Borrowing Authority
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
AOL email as status symbol
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Gawker
New York Post:
Florida ‘vampire’ attacks senior citizen at vacant Hooters
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Romneys share looks but not traits, colleagues say
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
961 days in, Obama becomes sick and tired of someone dawdling about jobs
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Pro-Obama ‘super PAC’ to host event after speech
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Newt: People Ask Me If I'm Still Even Running
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Jacqueline Kennedy on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.