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6:25 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, Gawker and Hot Air
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.
Henrik Temp / The Enterprise Blog:
New Website Reveals the End of the Politics of Hope  —  The Obama administration has gone into full reelection mode with the launch of a new website,  The website's stated purpose is to “Get the facts.  Fight the smears.”  It lists recent charges leveled against Obama …
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: Mediaite and The Politico
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 …
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
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
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
New York-9 and the Democratic Coalition  —  Last night, Republican Bob Turner won a surprisingly strong victory in New York's 9th Congressional District.  As I noted after the New York-26 special election last May, special elections don't have much predictive power; we can't use this race …
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
The GOP's Genius Plan to Beat Obama in 2012
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
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.
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 …
Jane Hughes / BBC:
Midwife shortages in England ‘risking lives’  —  Midwives say shortages could harm patients  —  Parts of England are facing big midwife shortages, putting mothers and babies at risk, midwives have said.  —  The Royal College of Midwives says a 22% rise in births over 20 years has led …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Kate Tummarello / Roll Call:
New Media Guru Urges Tweeting at Super Committee  —  High-priced lobbyists might have a direct line to members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, but new media strategist Patrick Hynes is trying to make it easier for the super committee to listen to everyone else as well.
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’  —  The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity …
Discussion: emptywheel and Attackerman
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.
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
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 …
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Has Obama Learned Anything?  —  Imagine you're in the Obama White House, and this is what you face.  Democrats lose a special election in a congressional district they have controlled since the 1920s and which was framed as a referendum on the president.  There's a possible scandal brewing …
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 …
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Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Lobbying reform push lacks scandalous spark
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Perry talks about his faith, forsaking talk of jobs for a day
Paul Tough / New York Times:
What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?
Discussion: The Awl and Later On
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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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Long-term care plan alarms ignored
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Hit & Run
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