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5:05 PM ET, September 17, 2011

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Associated Press:
Kara Kennedy, senator's daughter, dies of heart attack  —  WASHINGTON — Kara Kennedy, the oldest child of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, died at a Washington-area health club, her brother said Saturday.  She was 51.  —  Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, said his sister died Friday.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TalkLeft
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Associated Press:
Eleanor Mondale, Daughter of Former Vice President, Dies at 51  —  Eleanor Mondale, the vivacious daughter of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale who carved out a reputation as an entertainment reporter, radio show host and gossip magnet, has died at her home in Minnesota.  She was 51.
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)
Discussion: American Power
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 …
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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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
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
CBS News:
House GOP rejects Obama jobs proposals  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders say they are rejecting President Barack Obama's jobs proposals to rebuild schools and blighted neighborhoods, and help keep state and local employees on the job.  —  In a memo to GOP lawmakers that was also issued publicly …
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
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A weak argument against the stimulus  —  Reuters' conservative economics columnist James Pethokoukis is a good read — both at his blog and on his Twitter account — so I was looking forward to his longer take on whether President Obama made the recession worse.  I was also, more selfishly, looking for ideas.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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
 
 
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Pakistan Passes Obama's ‘Religious Freedom’ Test—After Sentencing Christian to Death
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The War Against The Young: Warning From Italy and Japan
Discussion: The Other McCain
Anemona Hartocollis / City Room:
New AIDS Cases Dropped 25% This Year, City Reports
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Bachmann makes health claims about HPV vaccine not ‘speaking as a doctor’
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
It Wasn't Really an Upset  —  Another Democratic loss, another message to Obama.