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6:20 PM ET, September 15, 2011


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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.
The Daily Beast:
White House Pressure for a Donor?  —  The Pentagon has worried for months that a project backed by a prominent Democratic donor might interfere with military GPS.  Now Congress wants to know if the White House pressured a general to change his testimony.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama to highlight ‘urgent’ bridge repair in Boehner's home state  —  President Obama will promote his jobs bill at a bridge important to House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) district next week, the White House announced Thursday.  —  The White House said that Obama would visit …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
White House initially denies rep.'s request to attend Medal of Honor event
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mj Lee / The Politico:
New Gallup: Obama slips with Jews
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Washington Times:
Big Brother Obama is watching
Time / Swampland:
Rick Perry Exclusive: The GOP's Fiery Front-Runner on His Rise, Record and Rhetoric  —  The hard-charging governor commands a Texas-sized lead in the polls.  In an interview with TIME's Richard Stengel and Mark Halperin, Perry defends his controversial résumé and explains …
John Ellis / Business Insider:
Perry Is Failing The First Test(s)  —  Had Texas Governor Rick Perry performed better in the two most recent GOP presidential candidates' debates, he'd be well on his way to the 2012 nomination.  —  Yesterday, tellingly, he was in Virginia at the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty College shoring …
Arlette Saenz / Politics:
HPV Vaccine: Dying Woman Influenced Rick Perry
Discussion: New York Post and Campaign 2012
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Idiot Box: And the Winner of the Fox News Primary Is...  It was a self-inflicted, eye-glazing marathon—50 hours in late August spent watching a full sampling of the Fox News lineup.  Looking back, it seems like a nine-day hallucination of strident voices, blonde hair, and more pitchmen hawking gold coins …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Quinnipiac University:
PERRY BLOSSOMS AS BACHMANN WILTS IN VIRGINIA GOP RACE, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS; ROMNEY, PERRY BOTH NECK AND NECK WITH OBAMA  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the presidential choice of Virginia Republicans 25 - 19 percent, with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann …
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 …
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.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Why Speeches Don't Work  —  As of a month ago, people calling on the president to propose a bold new jobs plan and advocate for it loudly were “Obama critics” and those of us saying this wouldn't work were “Obama apologists.”  Well, last week he gave the big speech, the White House comms shop keeps pushing …
Discussion: Eschaton
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Some Democrats Are Balking at Obama's Jobs Bill
David Cohen / The Daily Caller:
‘American Jobs Act’: Gohmert's inspired act of plagiarism
Fox News:
Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns Over Global Warming  —  The global warming theory left him out in the cold.  —  Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
But Black People Govern Like This ...  Via Angry Black Lady, I know Michael Moore and Bill Maher think this is a great line: … But it really isn't.  In fact, it's racist, and Michael Moore would do well to stop repeating it.  It really is no better than the Kenyan anti-colonial bit, and in fact is good deal worse.
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Professors offer more than $10,000 for proof that Bachmann's story about HPV is true  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's story about a woman who claimed that her daughter suffered “mental retardation” after receiving a vaccine against HPV could fetch the woman's family thousands of dollars.
George Soros / New York Review of Books:
Does the Euro Have a Future?  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, Berlin, September 1, 2011  —  The euro crisis is a direct consequence of the crash of 2008.  When Lehman Brothers failed, the entire financial system started to collapse and had to be put on artificial life support.
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Central Banks Act in Concert to Ease Fears on Europe Debt
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Post:
Bam's terrible risk  —  Do President Obama's advisers realize they've got him frittering away the last political asset he has left?  —  As unpopular as the president's policies — and especially his results — have proved, a majority of Americans still like and, somehow, even trust him personally.
Discussion: National Review and Cold Fury
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.
CBS Los Angeles:
LA Porn Studio Begins Construction On ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ Underground Bunker … San Fernando Valley-based porn studio Pink Visual said the bunker is envisioned as “far more than a mere bomb shelter or subterranean survivalist enclave”, complete with a digital studio, gun racks and a rotating hydraulic stage.
Wall Street Journal:
A Blue-State Bailout in Disguise  —  Our new study shows that under the Obama jobs bill, debt-ridden states will get another big handout.  —  Last Thursday, the president urged Congress to pony up roughly $200 billion in taxpayer money to “provide more jobs for teachers [and] …
The Politico:
Pass the bill, Obama says 90 times  —  Think the message is getting through to Congress?  In five speeches over a week, President Obama has said “pass this bill” or some variant of it 90 times.  —  That's 18 times in his speech to Congress, 18 times at the University of Richmond …
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 …
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
Obama sticker led cops to shooting suspect  —  A paroled killer's “Obama” bumper sticker was the break that helped cops nab the man accused of the cold-blooded murder of a Tedeschi's convenience store clerk, jurors in Edward Corliss' murder trial learned yesterday.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Liberal Sorcery  —  I want to double (or triple) down on these three posts by Yglesias.  They're all somewhat themed around the president's job plan.  As Matt rightly notes, this obsession with the president's want of liberalism really needs to confront the hard facts of Senators and congressmen who say things like this:
Thomas Dinham / BBC:
How I was the subject of anti-Semitic abuse in Cairo  —  Protests against Egypt's slow pace of reform continue to take place in Tahrir Square  —  Relations between Israel and Egypt have become increasingly strained in recent weeks, and in the Egyptian capital there is a mounting sense of tension, including incidents of anti-Semitism.
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Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Barry Manilow on Ron Paul: ‘I agree with just about everything he says’
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Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
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Discussion: Wonkette
Luis Martinez / Politics:
Dakota Meyer, Marine Medal of Honor Recipient, Says He's No Hero
Discussion: Hot Air, Guardian and National Review
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Three Years After Lehman Bros. Collapsed, Republicans Refuse To Implement Wall Street Reform
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EPA to Delay Climate-Change Rules
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Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Fight of the Living Dead
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Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Report: ‘Romneycare’ a jobs killer
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Obama green-tech program that backed Solyndra struggles to create jobs