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4:50 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Bob Turner Wins Anthony Weiner's House Seat
David Seifman / New York Post:
Disaster looms for O in 2012  —  Republican Bob Turner's victory …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-9: Winners and losers
Discussion: NOM Blog
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Wins in Race to Replace Weiner
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
After Turner Earthquake in Weiner District, Democrats' Civil War Against Obama Begins
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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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.
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
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  —  Laura Olson reports on the happenings in Harrisburg, where Republicans now control all of the branches of government:  —  In other reports, Pileggi sounds awfully sanguine about the effect this would have on PA as a swing state.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
New Adventures in Electoral Cynicism
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and TalkLeft
Brendan Kennedy / Toronto Star:
Jewish prof forced to defend himself against anti-Semitism claims  —  A half-listening student, a hypersensitive campus and the speed at which gossip travels on the Internet conspired to create a very damaging game of broken telephone for one York University professor this week.
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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.
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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.
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry maintains double digit lead
Ballot Box:
Perry: NY election shows ‘people are getting the message’
Discussion: CNN
Michelle Malkin:
Attaaaaack Waaaaaaatch  —  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:
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Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Solyndra loan: White House pressed on review of solar company now under investigation  —  The Silicon Valley company, a centerpiece in President Obama's initiative to develop clean energy technologies, had been tentatively approved for the loan by the Energy Department but was awaiting …
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Financial Times:
Obama to propose Medicare and Medicaid cuts
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
PLO ambassador says Palestinian state should be free of Jews  —  WASHINGTON - The Palestinian Liberation Organization's ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that any future Palestinian state it seeks with help from the United Nations and the United States should be free of Jews.
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Diplomatic Equality Is A Platform For Negotiations
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 …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Huntsman staffer says she is ‘sick and sad’ for the Republican Party after watching presidential debates  —  The behavior by some members of the audience at the most recent Republican presidential debates has at least one campaign staffer concerned about the future of the GOP.
 
 
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Blue Dogs push for debt panel to ‘Go Big’
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Be The Change You Want To See In The World
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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
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Blast From Paul Krugman's Past: “Social Security Is A Ponzi Scheme And Will Soon Be Over”
Washington Post:
Justice Ginsburg aboard plane evacuated at Dulles International Airport
Discussion: The Politico and Above the Law
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Rick Perry's Juvie Record
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MyFoxPhilly.com:
Kidney Donor Mom Put Back On Salary
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Perry courts religious voters, calls for defense of ‘Christian values’
Detroit Free Press:
Underwear bomber shouts 'Osama's alive' as he enters court during jury selection
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
With Record Number Of Americans Falling Into Poverty, Rand Paul Says The Poor Are Getting Rich
Karin Tanabe / The Politico:
Al Gore calls out Colbert's ‘character’
Discussion: ThinkProgress