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2:45 PM ET, September 16, 2011


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John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Clinton Popularity Prompts Buyer's Remorse  —  The most popular national political figure in America today is one who was rejected by her own party three years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans hold a favorable view of her and one-third are suffering …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama team pushes back at suggestions he's in trouble  —  Despite a growing storm cloud hovering over his presidency and reelection hopes, President Obama is in strong shape and Americans stand by his plan for jobs, Obama's top campaign adviser said Friday.  —  In a memo to Sunday news show producers …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency
Discussion: Politics
Fred Malek / The Politico:
Obama should take notes on Texas
Discussion: Reuters
Anthony McCartney / Associated Press:
Book: Treasury Secretary ignored Obama directive  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A new book offering an insider's account of the White House's response to the financial crisis says that U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner ignored an order from President Barack Obama calling for reconstruction of major banks.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Suskind's ‘Confidence Men’ Details Recession Dissension  —  WASHINGTON — A new book claims that President Obama's response to the economic crisis was hampered by a White House economic staff plagued by internal rivalries, a domineering chief adviser and a Treasury secretary who dragged …
The Politico:
Trouble on Daley's watch  —  Bill Daley is off to a very rocky start.  —  The 63-year-old scion of Chicago political royalty was brought in as President Barack Obama's chief of staff to provide fresh blood, corporate-world experience and adult supervision to a young, free-wheeling White House staff.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Perry “Ponzi Scheme” Remark Doesn't Faze Most Republicans  —  Solid majority believe Social Security should be preserved  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Texas Gov. and presidential candidate Rick Perry's comments on Social Security, which include calling it a “Ponzi scheme,” appear to be a non-issue for most Republicans.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
You Don't Make Social Security More Solvent By Eliminating Its Funding Base  —  Television hosts who like to ask Republican Party members politically charges questions about Social Security (you know who you are) really ought to take 10-20 minutes to think about how Social Security works …
Rich Lowry / National Review:   The Big Hoss  —  You could tell Rick Perry was going to be a …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Ponzi scheme that should be fixed
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Free to Die  —  Back in 1980, just as America was making its political turn to the right, Milton Friedman lent his voice to the change with the famous TV series “Free to Choose.”  In episode after episode, the genial economist identified laissez-faire economics with personal choice and empowerment …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Where are the compassionate conservatives?
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Misstatements Shadow Bachmann in Republican Presidential Race
New York Post:
Weiner gets 'brush'off  —  By S.A. MILLER in Washington and CARL CAMPANILE in NY  —  Scrub out the stench of Weiner!  —  Newly sworn-in Republican Rep. Bob Turner's family ordered a thorough cleaning of the House office space he inherited from his disgraced predecessor, Anthony Weiner …
Justin Fishel / Fox News:
General Reported He Was Pressured on Testimony About White House-Backed Project, Sources Say  —  Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, told House members in a classified briefing earlier this month that he was pressured to change prepared congressional testimony …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems slam Obama for going ‘AWOL’ on mortgage crisis
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Allison Kopicki / The Caucus:
Approval of Congress Matches Record Low  —  Congress faces historically low approval ratings as it wades into the debate over the $447 billion jobs package proposed by President Obama, with just 12 percent of Americans now approving of the way Congress is handling its job, matching its all-time low …
Jennifer De Pinto / CBS News:
Poll: Just 12% happy with Congress
Discussion: New Deal 2.0 and The Politico
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Dakota Meyer Is Awarded Medal of Honor  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday to a young former Marine who ignored orders to stay put and fought his way five times into an ambush in an Afghan ravine, helping to rescue three dozen comrades and to recover the remains of four dead American servicemen.
Bing West / Wall Street Journal:
The Afghan Rescue Mission Behind Today's Medal of Honor
Liberty University News:
Rick Perry visits Liberty  —  For one of the first times since he announced his run for presidency, Texas Gov. Rick Perry talked about his “faith journey” today - and at no more of a fitting place than Liberty University, the world's largest Christian university.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Trump calls Rick Perry ‘Jim’
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and Washington Post
NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg predicts riots in the streets if economy doesn't create more jobs  —  Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday there would be riots in the streets if Washington doesn't get serious about generating jobs.  —  “We have a lot of kids graduating college, can't find jobs,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show.
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
House Republicans Seek Auto Industry Cuts To Cover For Disaster Relief Funds … WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out their plan to fund disaster relief in Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) district, but at the cost of almost half of remaining loans set aside to help the American auto industry.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Glenn Kessler / Associated Press:
John Boehner's misfire on pending federal regulations  —  “At this moment, the Executive Branch has 219 new rules in the works that will cost our economy at least $100 million.  That means under the current Washington agenda, our economy is poised to take a hit from the government of at least $100 million — 219 times.”
Los Angeles Times:
The law and Justice Clarence Thomas  —  The Supreme Court justice's reporting of spousal income and his ties with a real estate developer who paid for some of Thomas' air travel raise disclosure questions.  —  Two liberal groups have asked the Judicial Conference of the United States …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The BLT
Tom Ridge to endorse Huntsman at St. Anselm  —  CONCORD — Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman will announce the endorsement of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Gov. Tom Ridge Friday in an event at St. Anselm College in Goffstown.  —  Ridge, a former governor of Pennsylvania …
Investor's Business Daily:
Living Miserably  —  Economy: What's a six-letter word that describes what you get when you combine spiking jobless claims and rising inflation?  Answer: M-I-S-E-R-Y. And as new reports show, Obama is dishing out heaping portions of it.  —  The two reports out of the Labor Department are troubling enough on their own.
Discussion: Politisite
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Planning Fallacy  —  When the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman was a young man, he led a committee to write a new part of the curriculum for Israeli high schools.  The committee worked for a year, and Kahneman asked his colleagues how long they thought the rest of the project would take.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Booman Tribune
Kate Taylor / New York Times:
Koch May Test His Political Voice on National Stage  —  Former Mayor Edward I. Koch's strategy seemed almost nutty at first: ask Jewish residents in Brooklyn and Queens to vote against an Israel-loving observant Jew for Congress to send a message to President Obama.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House works to quell Dem dissent  —  Senior administration officials met with Senate Democrats for an hour and a half on Thursday to answer their complaints about President Obama's jobs bill.  —  Democratic lawmakers voiced objections to several of the president's proposals to pay …
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Must Support Israel At the U.N.  —  Obama policies have encouraged the Palestinians to avoid direct negotiations with Israel.  —  The historic friendship between the United States and Israel stretches from the founding of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
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Michael McCarthy / USA Today:
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Discussion: Sense of Events
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Resurgent Republic poll shows soft Hispanic support for Obama …
Devin Dwyer / Politics:
Obama: Election Odds Better in 2012 Than 2008
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Republicans rewriting state election laws in ways that could hurt Democrats