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2:40 AM ET, September 15, 2011


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Rob Bluey / The Heritage Foundation:
Conservative Nabs Naming Rights to ‘American Jobs Act’ After Obama Delay  —  President Obama repeatedly asked members of Congress to pass the American Jobs Act last week.  But when no Democrat filed Obama's bill after he presented it to Congress, a conservative congressman swiped the name for his own legislation.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: 'If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill'  —  Obama promoted his jobs bill in North Carolina on Wednesday, the third stop on what White House press secretary Jay Carney has called a “campaign” for jobs.  —  Not for the first time, Obama called back to an audience member who shouted …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP rep. introduces alternative American Jobs Act
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Gawker
Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Attack Watch, new Obama campaign site to ‘fight smears,’ becomes laughing stock of the Internet  —  As the 2012 presidential campaign heats up, President Obama's campaign team has set up a new Web site,, to challenge negative statements about the president made by Republican presidential candidates and conservatives.
A.Killough / CNN:
President pauses for beer with future Medal of Honor recipient  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama enjoyed a beer with Dakota Meyer on the patio outside the Oval Office Wednesday.  The president will present Meyer with the Medal of Honor Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.
Discussion: The Politico and Mediaite
Financial Times:
Obama to propose Medicare and Medicaid cuts  —  Barack Obama is expected to lay out a plan next week that would cut several hundred billion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, the large government healthcare schemes for the elderly and the poor, as part of a pitch to cut future deficits by more than $1,500bn.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP increases pressure on Obama to move trade deals
Discussion: The Politico
National Enquirer:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE!  SARAH PALIN BOMBSHELL BOOK SHOCKING CLAIMS!  —  In a bombshell NATIONAL ENQUIRER world exclusive, the new issue of The ENQUIRER hitting newsstands today breaks major news on SARAH PALIN and her husband TODD, according to a new book.  —  Publishing sources familiar …
Jack Dickey / Deadspin:
New Biography Claims Sarah Palin Had A One-Night Stand With Glen Rice In 1987
Discussion: TBogg
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra  —  In my recent speech in Iowa, some eyebrows were raised when I took on our government's enormous economic problems caused by crony capitalism.  As if on cue, just days later President Obama selected someone who exemplifies …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Perry knocks Bachmann's HPV story  —  RICHMOND, Va. - Rick Perry criticized Michele Bachmann Wednesday for relaying the story of a woman who claimed her daughter became mentally retarded after being vaccinated against HPV.  —  “I think that was a statement that had no truth in it …
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Bodies hanging from bridge in Mexico are warning to social media users  —  (CNN) — Social media users who denounce drug cartel activities along the Mexican border received a brutal warning this week: Two mangled bodies hanging like cuts of meat from a pedestrian bridge.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Jawa Report
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
3 more murders linked to Gunwalker  —  Weapons linked to ATF's controversial “Fast and Furious” operation have been tied to at least eight violent crimes in Mexico including three murders, four kidnappings and an attempted homicide.  —  According to a letter from U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich …
Abdon M. / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge scolds Rep. Joe Walsh, orders him to prove he doesn't owe back child-support  —  Laura Walsh outside Daley Center courtroom after an appearance in divorce case with Rep. Joe Walsh Wednesday, September 14, 2011.  Rich Hein~Sun-Times  —  A judge in Chicago issued a preliminary ruling Wednesday …
Discussion: The Raw Story, Daily Kos and The Hill
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
The GOP's Genius Plan to Beat Obama in 2012  —  If Pennsylvania Republicans and their buddies in other states execute a plan to change election rules, Obama has a one-way ticket to Losertown.  —  Post Comment  —  Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania are pushing a scheme that …
Solyndra Loan: Now Treasury Dept. Is Launching Investigation  —  The Treasury Department's inspector general has opened a new front in the investigation of the government loan to Solyndra, the now bankrupt company that had been touted as a model of President Obama's ambitious green energy program …
FBI seizes items at home of former top aide to Gov. Walker  —  By Jason Stein, Patrick Marley, Steve Schultze and Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - About a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, raided the home of a former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Gosh, Could Obamacare Be Working?  —  Need a reason to believe the Affordable Care Act is starting to work?  The Census Bureau just gave you a half million of them.  —  That's how many young adults had health insurance in 2010, as compared to 2009, according to the official estimates.
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
New York 9: Stunning Repudiation of Chuck Schumer  —  Republican Bob Turner has been declared the winner by the Associated Press in the New York 9th district special election.  With 82% of precincts reporting, the latest returns show Turner with 53% of the vote and Democrat David Weprin with 46%.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Be The Change You Want To See In The World  —  I got a great email today from a self-described “well-educated, politically literate, 30-something person with a job and a kid” who spends “let's say 45 minutes a day that I spend thinking about politics” and who had a great question:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TalkLeft
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Ron Paul's Ex-Campaign Manager's Death Backdrop For Health Insurance Position … GOP Candidates , Elections 2012 , Health Care , Health Care Reform , Republican Primary , Ron Paul , 2012 Gop Candidates , Politics News , Ron Paul 2012 , Ron Paul For President , Wolf Blitzer …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Republican State Legislators Can Win The 2012 Election Tomorrow If They Want To  —  “Pennsylvania Ponders Bold Democrat-Screwing Electoral Plan” is Dave Weigel's brilliant headline for a proposal pending in the PA state legislature.  The way this would work is for Pennsylvania …
David Weigel / Slate:
Pennsylvania Ponders Bold Democrat-Screwing Electoral Plan
The Politico:
GOP: Python ban squeezes economy  —  Snakes alive!  Giant pythons in the Everglades are the latest focal point in the Hill's partisan squabble over federal regulations that House Republicans say are squeezing the nation's job growth.  —  At issue is a proposed rule from the Interior Department …
Paulburka / Burkablog:
What is Palin up to?  —  I thought Perry and Palin were buddies.  She came to Texas to endorse him against Bill White in December 09.  But her “crony capitalism” attack on Perry was an indication that she sees an opening for her to be the nominee.  If she can weaken Perry, and he falters …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Long-term care plan alarms ignored  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Hit & Run
Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Lobbying reform push lacks scandalous spark  —  It seems like all the key players are in place to push through a new lobbying reform proposal — lawyers, scholars, public interest groups and even lobbyists themselves.  —  But there's one missing ingredient: outrage.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Perry talks about his faith, forsaking talk of jobs for a day  —  LYNCHBURG, Va. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a man of faith, and one of the big questions about him has been whether he would seek the presidency more as an evangelist or as a job-creator.  —  On the debate stage, Perry decidedly has done the latter.
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Paul Tough / New York Times:
What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?
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Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Obama's Approval Rating Plummets in California
Discussion: Politics and National Review
April Dembosky / Financial Times:
Facebook puts off IPO until late 2012
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Brendan Kennedy / Toronto Star:
Jewish prof forced to defend himself against anti-Semitism claims