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3:45 PM ET, September 16, 2011


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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.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Latest Lame Obama Excuse: “Geithner Blew Me Off”
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency
Discussion: Politics
Rich Lowry / National Review:   The Big Hoss  —  You could tell Rick Perry was going to be a …
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 …
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 …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Where are the compassionate conservatives?
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Ponzi scheme that should be fixed
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 …
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 …
Nancy Pelosi /
Hoyer, Pelosi, Berman, Lowey, House Democrats Send Letter Calling on Heads of State to Oppose Unilateral Palestinian UN Effort  —  WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer Hoyer (MD) led a letter that was signed by 58 House Democrats including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi …
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Must Support Israel At the U.N.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.”
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.
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
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
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 …
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
CBS Denver:
2 Men Accused Of Taking Dead Friend Out For Night On The Town  —  DENVER (CBS4) - Two men are facing charges in a crime that has family members shocked.  —  They are accused of putting their deceased friend into a car and then heading out for a night of bar hopping.  —  Jeffrey Jarrett died last month.
Lisa Rosenberg / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Groups Call for Super Committee Members to Make Avenues of Influence Transparent  —  The drumbeat continues for the twelve members of the Committee on Deficit Reduction to step up and match their newly acquired power with a new-found commitment to transparency.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
US News:
Ford TV Ad Slams Obama Auto Bailouts  —  America is still fighting over President Obama's costly bailout of Chrysler and General Motors.  Especially the owners of Ford, the only member of Detroit's “Big Three” who rejected the government dole and emerged perfectly healthy.
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 and Hot Air
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.
Noah Rosenberg / New York Times:
Some Cabbies Given Right to Say No to Racy Ads  —  For Mohan Singh, the breaking point came last year when his granddaughter, who was 6 at the time, saw a seductive woman in an advertisement affixed to the roof of his taxicab.  She proudly announced that she suddenly knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
Discussion: and Gothamist
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Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
Disappointed Hollywood Giving Obama Cold Shoulder
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Trump calls Rick Perry ‘Jim’
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and Washington Post
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama Signs 1st Major Patent Law Change Since 1952
Discussion: CNN
Fred Malek / The Politico:
Obama should take notes on Texas
Discussion: Reuters
Los Angeles Times:
Silicon Valley gives conservative Christians a boost
Michael McCarthy / USA Today:
NFL wants pat-downs from ankles up at all stadiums
Discussion: Sense of Events
Devin Dwyer / Politics:
Obama: Election Odds Better in 2012 Than 2008