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1:50 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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Won't Include Social Security Reform In Recommendations To Super Committee … Obama Social Security , Boehner Deficit Reduction , Obama Boehner , Obama Chained Cpi , Obama Deficit Reduction , Obama Entitlement Reform , Obama Grand Bargain , Obama Social Security Reform …
Washington Times:
Big Brother Obama is watching
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
W.H. emails reveal media-fixated Solyndra
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
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 …
New CNN Poll: GOP divided over tea party movement  —  Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party is split right down the middle between tea party movement supporters and those who do not support the two-and-a-half-year-old movement, according to a new national survey.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Romney gives state GOP convention cold shoulder
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
Behind Turner's Win: Jewish Voters Opposed to Gay Marriage
Beth Reinhard /
Obama Allies: Time to Wake Up
Discussion: Moe Lane and The Atlantic Online
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama and the Jews, part 941
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.
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 …
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
Exclusive: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Who Endorsed Obama Dissents! …
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 …
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 …
Washington Examiner:
GOP field takes aim at crony capitalism — finally
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Debate Link
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 …
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.
Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Report: ‘Romneycare’ a jobs killer  —  Study finds Bay State lost thousands of jobs  —  The Bay State's controversial 2006 universal health-care plan — also known as “Romneycare” — has cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs, according to an exclusive blockbuster study that could provide ammo …
Spencer Ackerman /
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 …
U.S. Jobless Claims Rose to Highest Since June  —  Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week to the highest level since the end of June, underscoring the risk of further weakness in the labor market.  —  Jobless claims climbed by 11,000 to 428,000 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
New Jobless Claims: 428K
Discussion: New York Times
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Fight of the Living Dead  —  Like zombie banks that made bad loans, supporters of the Iraq War have dug in their heels on past mistakes.  —  Japan's “lost decade” of the 1990s gave the world “zombie banks.”  A zombie bank is, in effect, bankrupt.  It's made loans to companies …
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette, The Politico and Mother Jones
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Associated Press:
Willow, Lost Cat From Colorado, Resurfaces in Manhattan
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Herman Cain / Wall Street Journal:
My Plan to Revive Economic Growth
The Independent:
Johann Hari: A personal apology
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
In Battle Over Job Creation Ideas, GOP Offers Deregulation Of Pythons
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Wall Street Journal:
A Blue-State Bailout in Disguise
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Obama green-tech program that backed Solyndra struggles to create jobs
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Barack Obama's blue-state blues
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