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10:10 AM 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.
A.Killough / CNN:
President pauses for beer with future Medal of Honor recipient
Discussion: The Politico, Mediaite and Moe Lane
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 …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Romney gives state GOP convention cold shoulder
Discussion: GOP 12
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama gets slight boost from jobs speech
Discussion:, The Hill and Wonkette
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 …
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'
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.
Beth Reinhard /
Obama Allies: Time to Wake Up  —  Crushing defeats for the Democratic party in two special congressional elections on Tuesday, an economy that's showing no signs of revival, and Obama's declining approval ratings have become too much to defend, even for some of the party's most zealous spin doctors.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Behind Turner's Win: Jewish Voters Opposed to Gay Marriage  —  By Alison Fox, Pervaiz Shallwani and Aaron Rutkoff  —  Many Jewish voters turned out to support Bob Turner in Tuesday's election, bucking the historical pattern in their Democratic-leaning neighborhoods and helping seal …
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.
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Obama green-tech program that backed Solyndra struggles to create jobs  —  View Photo Gallery —  President Obama announced a new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership that will bring together manufacturing companies, universities and the government to help create high-tech products …
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 …
Groupon Back on Track for Its I.P.O.  —  Groupon is planning to put its initial public offering back on track even as markets remain rocky.  —  After postponing presentations to potential investors early this month, the online coupon giant is now aiming to go public in late October or early November …
April Dembosky / Financial Times:
Facebook puts off IPO until late 2012
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 …
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 …
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Hanging bodies a warning to Mexico bloggers  —  (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.  —  A woman was hogtied and disemboweled …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Jawa Report
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
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Kate Tummarello / Roll Call:
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Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
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Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Without scandal, lobby reform stalls
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP increases pressure on Obama to move trade deals
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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
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Be The Change You Want To See In The World
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TalkLeft