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9:05 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.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Some Democrats Are Balking at Obama's Jobs Bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama anticipated Republican resistance to his jobs program, but he is now meeting increasing pushback from his own party.  Many Congressional Democrats, smarting from the fallout over the 2009 stimulus bill …
Las Vegas Sun:
Reid says Senate Republicans won't back jobs bill  —  Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Republicans won't support President Barack Obama's jobs plan, but he still wants them to vote on the sweeping $450 billion economic recovery effort.  —  “We are going to have the Republicans belly …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: 'If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill'
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, The Politico and Moe Lane
James Carville / CNN:
What should the White House do?  Panic!  —  Editor's note: James Carville is a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, appearing frequently on CNN's “The Situation Room” as well as other programs on all CNN networks.  Carville remains active in Democratic politics and is a party fundraiser.
Discussion: Naked Politics
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
Orin S. Kerr / Wall Street Journal:
Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?  —  Congress contemplates draconian punishment for Internet lies.  —  Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet.  So you could be jailed for lying about your age or weight on an Internet dating site.
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 …
Janet Maslin / New York Times:
Books of The Times: Joe McGinniss's ‘The Rogue,’ on Sarah Palin - Review  —  On May 22, 2010, Joe McGinniss moved into a strategically well-situated house in Wasilla, Alaska.  It was next door to the home of former Gov. Sarah Palin and her family, but that understates the highly exploitable proximity of the two places.
National Enquirer:
Jack Dickey / Deadspin:
New Biography Claims Sarah Palin Had A One-Night Stand With Glen Rice In 1987
Discussion: TBogg
Poll: Republicans Blamed Most for Ineffectiveness  —  A majority of Americans are angry and frustrated with elected officials, and more than four in 10 have given up hope in Washington's ability to help them get through the economic slump.  —  “It's the bickering that I can't stand …
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Perry Supported By Republicans, Views Rejected  —  Republicans give Rick Perry frontrunner status in their party's presidential primary race even as warning signs flash over his ability to win support in the general election.  —  The Texas governor is the preferred choice of 26 percent …
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
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Seeing Ripple in Jewish Vote  —  WASHINGTON — Not since Jimmy Carter in 1980 has a Democrat running for president failed to win a lopsided majority of the Jewish vote.  This has been true during times of peace or war, and even when there has been deep acrimony between the White House and the Israeli government.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Politico:
Barack Obama's blue-state blues  —  Barack Obama has a case of the blue state blues.  —  In Democratic strongholds from Vermont to California—not to mention New York City, where the president helped sink his party's nominee in Tuesday's special election—Obama isn't quite tanking, but he's moving unmistakably in the wrong direction.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Adam Shah / Media Matters for America:
UPDATED: Right-Wing Lip Readers Take Michelle Obama Derangement Syndrome To A Whole New Level  —  UPDATE: Kristina Schake, communications director for First Lady Michelle Obama, made the following statement about these attacks: … Before today, when the right-wing media made up quotations …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Kate Tummarello / Roll Call:
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Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Without scandal, lobby reform stalls
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP increases pressure on Obama to move trade deals
Discussion: The Politico
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
New York-9 and the Democratic Coalition
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and Campaign 2012
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: Later On and The Awl
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Facebook puts off IPO until late 2012
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Be The Change You Want To See In The World
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