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5:10 PM ET, September 12, 2011


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Rick Perry / USA Today:
I am going to be honest with the American people  —  The first step to fixing a problem is honestly admitting there is a problem.  America's goal must be to fix Social Security by making it more financially sound and sustainable for the long term.  But Americans deserve a frank and honest discussion …
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Jindal to endorse Perry  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing Rick Perry for president, a major endorsement for the Texas governor as the campaign for the Republican nomination enters the crucial fall stretch of the primary calendar, a source tells CNN.
New CNN Poll: Perry on top when it comes to electability  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Hours before the start of the first-ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate, a new national survey indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining his lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
Brent Budowsky / Presidential Campaign:
Why Ron Paul scares Rick Perry  —  One of the cardinal rules of politics is “never attack down,” meaning a front-runner should never attack or respond to an opponent who is far behind.  Yet that is what Rick Perry is doing.  He is intimidated by Ron Paul, and responding to Ron Paul.  Why?
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Perry and the Ponzis  —  Is Texas governor and Republican …
Discussion: RedState
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Turner poised for big upset
Rick Klein / Politics:
Fred Malek: ‘Too Late’ for Palin to Run; GOP Nominee Will Be Perry or Romney
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
David Weigel / Slate:
Pawlenty Announces Bid to Be Mitt Romney's Vice President
Discussion: Washington Post
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Topic ‘A’ for GOP Debate Tonight: Social Security
The Politico:
GOP grumbles about jobs plan  —  House Republicans may pass bits and pieces of President Barack Obama's jobs plan, but behind the scenes, some Republicans are becoming worried about giving Obama any victories — even on issues the GOP has supported in the past.
Zeke Miller / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Obama's Jobs Plan To Raise $400 Billion In Taxes  —  White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew outlined President Barack Obama's plan to pay for his $447 billion jobs plan — mostly through tax increases.  —  Lew said itemized tax deductions and exemptions …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama proposes tax hikes on wealthy to pay for $447B jobs bill  —  The White House said Monday that President Obama wants to pay for his $447 billion jobs bill by raising taxes on the wealthy and businesses.  —  Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama proposes raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for $447 billion jobs bill  —  President Obama would fund his $447 billion plan to create jobs largely by raising taxes on wealthier families, White House aides said Monday after the president again called on Congress to support the package.
A.Killough / CNN:
Cantor says no to jobs bill spending  —  Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor continued to reach out to work with President Obama on his jobs bill Monday, but emphasized that Republicans are focused on items they support in the plan like the tax breaks and will oppose …
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
White House: Tax Hikes For The Wealthy Will Largely Pay For Jobs Bill
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Christina Bellantoni / Roll Call:
Administration Willing to Go It Alone
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Why Congress Won't Pass A Jobs Bill: ‘Obama Is On The Ropes; Why Do We Appear Ready To Hand Him A Win?’
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Angry Rumsfeld cancels N.Y. Times  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday canceled his subscription to The New York Times after columnist Paul Krugman characterized the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as “an occasion for shame.”  —  Rumsfeld tweeted, “After reading Krugman's …
Paul Krugman:
Shocking Barro  —  People have been asking for my reaction to Robert Barro's op-ed, so I finally went and read it.  And I have to say that I'm shocked by the laziness - he's not even trying to present a coherent argument.  —  I mean, here's the structure of what he says:
Mark Finkelstein /
Morning Joe Skirmish As Smiley Recycles ‘Bush Lied’  —  A skirmish broke out on Morning Joe today as Tavis Smiley claimed President George W. Bush “lied” the USA into the war in Iraq.  Joe Scarborough and—surprisingly— Jon Meacham forcefully refuted Smiley's slur.
Discussion: and Hot Air
John Cook / Gawker:
The Most Nerve-Wracking Moment of George W. Bush's Presidency Was When He Threw a Ball
Discussion: Washington Post
Turki Al-Faisal / New York Times:
Veto a State, Lose an Ally  —  The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world.  If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Impeccable Disaster  —  On Thursday Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank or E.C.B. — Europe's equivalent to Ben Bernanke — lost his sang-froid.  In response to a question about whether the E.C.B. is becoming a “bad bank” thanks to its purchases of troubled nations' debt …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Europe Slips As Greece Falls
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Sawyer snags Giffords interview  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will sit down with Diane Sawyer for her first TV interview since she was shot Jan. 8, ABC News announced on Monday.  —  The Arizona Democrat will appear with her husband Mark Kelly during a prime-time special Nov. 14, the Associated Press reported.
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and Media Decoder
David Ford / ABCNEWS:
For the First Time Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly Share …
Discussion: Mediaite
Oshea / Public Notice:
MEMO: National poll on government regulations  —  DATE: SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 TO: PUBLIC NOTICE FROM: NICHOLAS THOMPSON & BRIAN TRINGALI RE: KEY FINDINGS FROM NATIONAL SURVEY The Tarrance Group is pleased to present Public Notice with the key findings from a survey of N=801 registered “likely” voters across the country.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Capital gains tax rates benefiting wealthy feed growing gap between rich and poor  —  The K Street office of Mark Bloomfield, president of the American Council for Capital Formation, is full of knickknacks collected in three decades of lobbying for cutting the capital gains tax.
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U.S. Department of Education:
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J. Bradford DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Understanding Trichet and Conpany: A Note
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Paul Krugman
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
After 9/11  —  What I chiefly remember about New York in the days …
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
For Perry, being governor has perks
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Democrats Fear New York, Nevada Losses
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
EPA regulation forces closure of Texas energy facilities, eliminates 500 jobs
Leo Damrosch / The New Republic:
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