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12:55 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 …
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.
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Approval Plummets on Jobs Plan: Poll
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP increases pressure on Obama to move trade deals
Discussion: The Politico
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP rep. introduces alternative American Jobs Act
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN 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.
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 …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
New York-9 and the Democratic Coalition
Discussion: RedState
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ridiculous NY-09 spin: “It's a very difficult district for Democrats”
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  —  The National Enquirer grabbed some details from the upcoming Joe McGinniss Sarah Palin book, and this chunk is too delightful not to share with you immediately.  Apparently Palin had a fling …
Discussion: TBogg
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.
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Is It Weird Enough Yet?
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Blue Dogs Cool To Obama Jobs Vision  —  CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed remarks by Rep. Kurt Schrader to Rep. John Barrow.  TPM regrets the error.  —  Blue Dog Democrats are pushing members of the joint deficit Super Committee to reduce the deficit significantly …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Some Democrats Are Balking at Obama's Jobs Bill
Discussion: Hot Air and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Hill Dems pick apart Obama jobs plan
Solyndra: Blame It On Bush, Say Obama Officials
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: The Jawa Report and Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, Moe Lane and Hot Air
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: Daily Kos, The Raw Story and The Hill
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
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
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
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 …
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Strip or starve: Cash-strapped lawyer turns to exotic dancing to pay her debts  —  A lawyer has told how she turned to stripping to pay bills after struggling to find a legal job in recession-weary America.  —  The attorney, giving her name only as Carla, graduated from law school ten years ago.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
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Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
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Discussion: Politics and National Review
April Dembosky / Financial Times:
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Long-term care plan alarms ignored
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Hit & Run
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney On U.S. Credit Downgrade: ‘I Literally Felt Embarrassed For My Country’
Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Monthly
Brendan Kennedy / Toronto Star:
Jewish prof forced to defend himself against anti-Semitism claims