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2:00 PM ET, September 17, 2011

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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
Discussion: The Politico
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Brutal: Obama's job approval — and favorable rating — hit new lows in NYT poll
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
Kara Kennedy, daughter of Teddy, dies  —  Kara Kennedy accepts the Medal of Freedom on behalf of her father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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.
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.
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
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: Big Government, RedState and Doug Ross
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
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%.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Latest Texas jobs figures shows net jobs loss, unemployment highest in 24 years
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama Tries to Look Beyond Palestinian Bid at UN  —  Facing a potentially destabilizing diplomatic clash, President Barack Obama heads to the United Nations next week already looking beyond a potential vote on Palestinian statehood and toward laying the groundwork for the resumption of stalled Middle East peace talks.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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New York Times:
Abbas Says He Will Seek Palestinian State at the Security Council
 
 
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