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2:40 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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner slams Obama jobs plan as ‘poor substitute’ for growth
Discussion: CNN
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Why Speeches Don't Work  —  As of a month ago, people calling …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Eschaton
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 …
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 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.
Florida Times Union:   Rick Perry holds early lead over Mitt Romney in T-U presidential poll
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.
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
White House initially denies rep's request to attend Medal of Honor event
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Times:
Big Brother Obama is watching
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
W.H. emails reveal media-fixated Solyndra
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
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.
Tina Dupuy / Crooks and Liars:
Bioethicists Offer $11,000 for Medical Proof of Bachmann's ‘Mental Retardation’ Example  —  Just note that of the eight candidates running to be the GOP nominee - the looniest ones are the incumbents: Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele “Government Injection” Bachmann.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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
Discussion: Moe Lane and The Atlantic Online
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama and the Jews, part 941
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
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.
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Obama: 'I'd like to work my way around Congress'  —  Facing growing opposition to his economic proposals and dimming prospects that Congress will pass other parts of his agenda, President Obama told a Hispanic group in Washington Wednesday that when it comes to the issue of immigration, “I'd like to work my way around Congress.”
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
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Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
SAT reading scores drop to lowest point in decades
Jeffrey Sparshott / Washington Wire:
Gang of 36 Wants Debt Panel to ‘Go Big’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Defying GOP's Doomsday Predictions, Medicare Advantage Enrollment Increases, Premiums Fall
The Nation:
After Obama's Broken Promises, Will Green Voters Sit Out 2012?
Thomas Dinham / BBC:
How I was the subject of anti-Semitic abuse in Cairo
Associated Press:
Willow, Lost Cat From Colorado, Resurfaces in Manhattan
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Herman Cain / Wall Street Journal:
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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
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Obama green-tech program that backed Solyndra struggles to create jobs
Poll: Republicans Blamed Most for Ineffectiveness
Discussion: The Politico, Wonkette and Mother Jones