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4:55 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
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Latest Lame Obama Excuse: “Geithner Blew Me Off”
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems slam Obama for going ‘AWOL’ on mortgage crisis
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
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: CANNONFIRE and Politics
Rich Lowry / National Review:   The Big Hoss  —  You could tell Rick Perry was going to be a …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Abbas Says He Will Seek Palestinian State at the Security Council  —  The Palestinian president announced Friday that he will seek statehood through the Security Council at the United Nations next week, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the United States and likely to provoke a major conflict …
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Must Support Israel At the U.N.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Nancy Pelosi /
Hoyer, Pelosi, Berman, Lowey, House Democrats Send Letter Calling on Heads of State to Oppose …
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Perry on TARP support: No 'Ma'am'  —  After an appearance in Newton, Iowa today, Rick Perry denied to an unidentified woman that he'd ever supported the 2008 bank bailout known as TARP.  —  “No Ma'am,” he told her.  —  “I thought I saw a letter where you had written encouraging the support of TARP legislation,” he persisted.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Trump calls Rick Perry ‘Jim’
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and GOP 12
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry tells Iowans that Romneycare cost them
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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 …
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.
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
David Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court halts Texas execution
Discussion: Truthdig, Nation Now and Firedoglake
New York Post:
Devout taxi drivers allowed to veto strip-club roof ads  —  The great religious war, waged on top of yellow cabs, has ended.  —  Devout Muslim hacks — who were crouched behind their steering wheels in shame while driving with ads for strip clubs atop their taxis — won a major victory yesterday in their war on roof smut.
Noah Rosenberg / New York Times:
Some Cabbies Given Right to Say No to Racy Ads
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A dose of reality for the HPV debate  —  If Republican presidential candidates want to debate sexual health and hygiene, it would be nice if they displayed more collective knowledge and judgment than your average eighth-grade family-life class.  During the Tampa debate, a viewer longed for a blunt …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
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Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
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Fred Malek / The Politico:
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Kate Taylor / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Magazine