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6:25 PM ET, September 16, 2011


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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 …
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama Tries to Look Beyond Palestinian Bid at UN
Discussion: The Politico
Nancy Pelosi /
Hoyer, Pelosi, Berman, Lowey, House Democrats Send Letter Calling on Heads of State to Oppose …
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Must Support Israel At the U.N.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Politics
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.
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
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Uptick in Texas Jobless Rate Puts Perry on the Spot  —  The unemployment rate in Texas rose a bit in August to 8.5%, its highest rate since 1987. … That leaves the Lone Star State in the middle of the pack nationally, but it's jobless rate remains below the national rate of 9.1%.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Trump calls Rick Perry ‘Jim’
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and GOP 12
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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:   Rising GOP star Haley has own history with HPV vaccine fallout
David Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court halts Texas execution  —  Justices act on an emergency appeal for a murderer sentenced to die after jurors were told he posed a greater danger because he is black.  Gov. Rick Perry and state judges had refused to intervene.  —  Duane Edward Buck, 48, was sentenced to die …
Discussion: Truthdig, Nation Now and Firedoglake
Los Angeles Times:
The law and Justice Clarence Thomas
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The BLT
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Slate and Washington Monthly
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Wow: Ford ad blasts bailouts — and perhaps more
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.
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
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.”
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 …
Joshua Green / Business Week: Could Make a Rock Band Rich  —  Political operatives may pay top dollar for the domain name, owned by a Canadian rock band that pioneered a style called “Moroccan roll”  —  There's no hotter name in politics right now than the Tea Party.  But anyone seized with a desire …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Mediaite
Robert Shrum / The Week Magazine:
The Democrats' self-defeating crybaby chorus  —  After a special election loss in New York City, many on the Left are boneheadedly fleeing Obama — just when they should be rallying to his side  —  Before the month came thumping in on elephant feet, I wrote that each August since 2007 …
Discussion: The Page
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Extended Unemployment Benefits Not Turning Jobless Into Slackers: Study … Extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless are not a major cause of the high U.S. unemployment rate, according to a new study that comes as lawmakers debate whether to keep extended benefits beyond their slated January expiration.
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New York Post:
Muslims defy outdoor prayer ban in France
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
EPA delays its greenhouse-gas rules. Not a big deal — or is it?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Perry on TARP support: No 'Ma'am'
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Rogue's Gallery
Discussion: interfluidity and DealBook
New York Times:
Post-Grunge, Seattle Rocks On
Discussion: ArtsBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
Disappointed Hollywood Giving Obama Cold Shoulder
Investor's Business Daily:
Living Miserably  —  Economy: What's a six-letter word …
Discussion: Politisite and Hot Air
David Leigh / Guardian:
Met seek court order for Guardian sources
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama Signs 1st Major Patent Law Change Since 1952
Kate Taylor / New York Times:
Koch May Test His Political Voice on National Stage
Discussion: New York Magazine