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6:15 PM ET, September 14, 2011

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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Approval Plummets on Jobs Plan: Poll  —  A majority of Americans don't believe President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs plan will help lower the unemployment rate, skepticism he must overcome as he presses Congress for action and positions himself for re- election.
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The Politico:
Twin defeats spark Democratic fears  —  HOWARD BEACH, N.Y. — The Democratic Party's rare loss of a congressional seat in its urban heartland Tuesday, accompanied by a blowout defeat in a Nevada special election, marked the latest in a string of demoralizing setbacks that threatened to deepen …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
For Democrats, It's 2010 All Over Again  —  The outcome of any individual election to the United States House, even in a highly partisan era where Congressional elections have a relatively strong correlation with presidential voting and national trends, is going to be determined based on a combination of local and national factors.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Hill Dems pick apart Obama jobs plan  —  President Barack Obama's new jobs plan is hitting some unexpected turbulence in the halls of Congress: lawmakers from his own party.  —  As he demands Congress quickly approve his ambitious proposal aimed at reviving the sagging economy …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ridiculous NY-09 spin: “It's a very difficult district for Democrats”  —  Republicans won two House seats in a special election last night.  One, in Nevada, had been a relatively safe district, and Republican Mark Amodei cruised to victory over Democrat Kate Marshall as expected.
David Seifman / New York Post:
Disaster looms for O in 2012  —  Republican Bob Turner's victory …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Blue Dogs Cool To Obama Jobs Vision
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Bob Turner Wins Anthony Weiner's House Seat
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-9: Winners and losers
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Ballot Box
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Wins in Race to Replace Weiner
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.
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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
CNN:
CNN Poll: More Americans trust Obama on economy over Republicans in Congress
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 …
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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
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, AttackWatch.com, to challenge negative statements about the president made by Republican presidential candidates and conservatives.
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Michelle Malkin:
Attaaaaack Waaaaaaatch; Update: The laughter continues  —  This is simply brilliant.  —  Ezra Dulis and Misfit Politics with Brandon Morse cranked out a quick, hilarious rejoinder to Obama's 4th Brigade of Snitch.  —  Humor is always the best revenge.  —  Watch Attaaaaack Waaaaaatch.  YouTube gold:
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 …
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 …
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Dan Senor / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Is Losing the Jewish Vote  —  He doesn't have a ‘messaging’ problem.  He has a record of bad policies and anti-Israel rhetoric.  —  New York's special congressional election on Tuesday was the first electoral outcome directly affected by President Obama's Israel policy.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Shot in the Dark
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Brendan Kennedy / Toronto Star:
Jewish prof forced to defend himself against anti-Semitism claims
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 …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Pennsylvania Ponders Bold Democrat-Screwing Electoral Plan
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
New Adventures in Electoral Cynicism
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and TalkLeft
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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.
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: Hit & Run and Campaign 2012
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
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Blast From Paul Krugman's Past: “Social Security Is A Ponzi Scheme And Will Soon Be Over”  —  It is one thing (what thing that is we are not sure, but we have heard others say it, so like all good lemmings we will say it too) for Rick Perry to call Social Security a ponzi scheme.
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Is It Weird Enough Yet?  —  Every time I listen to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota talk about how climate change is some fraud perpetrated by scientists trying to gin up money for research, I'm always reminded of one of my favorite movie lines …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How to keep the ‘super-committee’ honest on jobs  —  Senator Jeff Merkley is worried.  He fears that it's increasingly unlikely that the Congressional deficit “super-committee” will make a serious effort to incorporate job creation into its mission.  Worse, he worries that some of its deficit …
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate Magazine:
How Rick Perry can defuse the controversy over the HPV vaccine.
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Washington Post:
The GOP field goes AWOL from Afghanistan
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Blue Dogs push for debt panel to ‘Go Big’
Discussion: CNN
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Dick Cheney On U.S. Credit Downgrade: ‘I Literally Felt Embarrassed For My Country’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Politico:
Reid compares Coburn to ‘dictator’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Memoirs of a Geisha  —  Not since Saki's cat Tobermory suddenly …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Justice Ginsburg aboard plane evacuated at Dulles International Airport
Discussion: The Politico and Above the Law
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Rick Perry's Juvie Record
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren vs. the banks
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
With Record Number Of Americans Falling Into Poverty, Rand Paul Says The Poor Are Getting Rich
Daniel Poneman / USA Today:
Opposing view: ‘Perfect storm’ sank Solyndra
Karin Tanabe / The Politico:
Al Gore calls out Colbert's ‘character’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Huntsman staffer says she is ‘sick and sad’ for the Republican Party after watching presidential debates
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Solyndra loan: White House pressed on review of solar company now under investigation