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12:45 PM ET, September 17, 2011

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Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Obama's approval rating drops to all-time low; Public split on jobs plan  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto  —  As concerns about the struggling U.S. economy grow, a new CBS News/New York poll finds …
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New York Times:
Obama's Support Is Slipping, Poll Finds, But His Jobs Plan Is Well Received  —  President Obama's support is eroding among elements of his base and a yearlong effort to recapture the political center has failed to attract independent voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama asks Americans to read, judge his jobs plan for themselves  —  President Obama launched another wave in his assault on Congress over his jobs bill Saturday, using his weekly radio address to urge Americans contact their representatives in support of the legislation.
Discussion: The Politico
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's Solyndra scandal reeks of the Chicago Way  —  Those of us from Chicago know exactly what the Solyndra scandal smells like.  And It doesn't smell fresh and green.  —  The Solyndra scandal cost at least a half-billion public dollars.  It is plaguing President Barack Obama.
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Obama admin reworked Solyndra loan to favor donor  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers …
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Loan Was Solyndra's Undoing
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Smart money betting on stupid politicians  —  Are Republicans stupid?  —  This seems to be the question du jour.  Chris Matthews entertained this idea with guests recently, pointing to several Republican presidential candidates as evidence.  How else to explain why so many in the GOP seem proud …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Edward Harrison / Felix Salmon:
Why didn't the Fed release a statement on the dollar liquidity bailout?  —  Felix here.  I'm about to head out of town for a couple of weeks, on a mini European tour.  I'll try to check in occasionally, but I'm not sure how often that'll be, so I'm experimenting with guest postings.
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msnbc.com:
US taxpayers could be on hook for Europe bailout  —  The U.S. is coming to Europe's financial rescue.  —  So far, America's role is fairly limited.  But if the crisis continues to grow and the U.S. takes on a wider role, U.S. consumers and taxpayers could feel a bigger impact.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Bachmann makes health claims about HPV vaccine not ‘speaking as a doctor’  —  Asked about her stance against mandatory vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Friday that “it's something that could have dangerous side effects.”
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:   Rising GOP star Haley has own history with HPV vaccine fallout
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A dose of reality for the HPV debate
Steve Deace:
Rick Perry vs. Rick Perry  —  On Friday morning, our very own Rebekah Maxwell got an opportunity to do something few in the media have had the chance to do at one of Rick Perry's presidential campaign stops — ask him a serious question about his own record.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Iowa Caucuses
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Latest Texas jobs figures shows net jobs loss, unemployment highest in 24 years
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Sinners In The Hand Of An Angry Columnist  —  I was pretty surprised to see Ezra Klein recommend the conclusion of David Brooks' latest column: … That something along these lines has become something like the conventional wisdom in Washington is, to me, maddening.
Erica Goode / New York Times:
F.B.I. Chided for Training That Was Critical of Islam  —  Arab-American and Muslim groups deplored on Friday the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of training material that characterized the prophet Muhammad as a “cult leader” and linked Muslims' religious devotion to a potential for violence.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Katie Pavlich So, a Grenade and Rocket Launcher Found Near Rio Grande  —  From Fronton, Texas:  —  U. S. Border Patrol agents seized six assault rifles, one rocket launcher, a grenade launcher, and three packages of what appeared to be C-4 explosives Tuesday near the Rio Grande.
Discussion: RedState, Big Government and Doug Ross
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Book: Women in Obama White House felt excluded and ignored  —  A new book claims that the Obama White House is a boys' club marred by rampant infighting that has hindered the administration's economic policy and left top female advisers feeling excluded from key conversations.
Wall Street Journal:
It Wasn't Really an Upset  —  Another Democratic loss, another message to Obama.  This one may come too late.  —  An upset is a surprise.  The loss of Anthony Weiner's former seat to the Republicans was not a surprise.  It was the latest in a long string of referendums on the president's leadership.
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Robert Shrum / The Week Magazine:
The Democrats' self-defeating crybaby chorus
Discussion: Don Surber
The Politico:
Palestinian officials: Jews welcome  —  Palestinian officials are rolling out the welcome mat for Jews to come to a new Palestinian state.  —  Trying to tamp down a controversy over whether a Palestinian state would be Jew-free, Mahmoud Habbash, the Palestinian minister of religious affairs …
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New York Times:
Abbas Says He Will Seek Palestinian State at the Security Council
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama Tries to Look Beyond Palestinian Bid at UN
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and The Politico
 
 
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Anemona Hartocollis / City Room:
New AIDS Cases Dropped 25% This Year, City Reports
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama's a flop in states he flipped in 2008
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Republican leaders assess Obama jobs plan in memo to members
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Extended Unemployment Benefits Not Turning Jobless Into Slackers: Study
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Muslims defy outdoor prayer ban in France
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Teaparty.com Could Make a Rock Band Rich
Discussion: Mediaite and Ballot Box
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
EPA delays its greenhouse-gas rules. Not a big deal — or is it?
Discussion: ThinkProgress