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10:00 PM ET, September 18, 2011


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Steve Chapman / Chicago Tribune:
Why Obama should withdraw  —  When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was “Morning in America.”  For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine.  —  The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass …
The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: Dick Cheney ‘Sowing Discord’ With Suggestion That Hillary Run Against Obama In 2012 … On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton laughed off former Vice President Dick Cheney's suggestion that Hillary Clinton should challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.
Discussion: Power Line
David Goldstein /
Black caucus head treads line between criticizing, supporting Obama  —  WASHINGTON — As the debate over jobs turns into the latest political tug-of-war, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri walks a careful but candid line.  —  As chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus …
Wall Street Journal:
New Obama Deficit Plan  —  Half of $3 Trillion in Savings to Come From More Taxes; GOP Opposes Fresh Levies  —  President Barack Obama is expected to offer a new plan to reduce the federal deficit by about $3 trillion over a decade, roughly half of which would come from tax increases, people familiar with the proposal said.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Cleaver: If Obama wasn't president, we would be ‘marching on the White House’  —  Unhappy members of the Congressional Black Caucus “probably would be marching on the White House” if Obama were not president, according to CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jessica Yellin / CNN:   Obama to propose new tax rate for millionaires
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Michelle Le search turns up body in Sunol Canyon  —  Sunol — Ten days after Hayward police arrested a woman on suspicion of murdering a nursing student whose body has not been found, a volunteer searcher discovered human remains Saturday in rural Alameda County.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Israel: Adrift at Sea Alone  —  I'VE never been more worried about Israel's future.  The crumbling of key pillars of Israel's security — the peace with Egypt, the stability of Syria and the friendship of Turkey and Jordan — coupled with the most diplomatically inept and strategically incompetent government …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Palestinian envoy: UN petition for membership will be presented Fri.
Discussion: Reuters
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Egghead and Blockheads  —  THERE are two American archetypes that were sometimes played against each other in old Westerns.  —  The egghead Eastern lawyer who lacks the skills or stomach for a gunfight is contrasted with the tough Western rancher and ace shot who has no patience for book learnin'.
Washington Post:
Book portrays dysfunction in Obama White House  —  The book, which covers Obama's presidency through February of this year and is based on more than 700 hours of interviews, suggests that the president was not always the dominant figure in his White House.  —  Suskind cites a series of memos …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Media Matters and Lochner  —  When we last encountered the Media Matters blog, its authors reacted to a George Will column on Rehabiltating Lochner by declaring that Lochner v. New York is “in no way a liberal bogeyman.”  —  Today, reacting to a blog post of mine suggesting that the idea …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Rep. Paul Ryan Rips Obama's Jobs Plan; Herman Cain Defends His ‘999’ Tax Proposal  —  Special Guests: Rep. Paul Ryan, Herman Cain … CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.  —  President Obama takes on entitlements and wants to raise taxes on millionaires to cut the nation's debt, while continues a hard sell on his jobs plan.
Transcripts on  —  September 18: Clinton, McConnell, Granholm, Castellanos, Halperin, Cooper  —  Below:  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, the hard sell.  The president wants a jobs bill.  —  PRES. BARACK OBAMA: My question to Congress is, what on earth are we waiting for?
Discussion: Althouse and Campaign 2012
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Reinventing The HMO  —  The Stewart Community Choice health care plan concept, being launched in Massachusetts, seems like an obvious future step for a financially constrained world.  They'll be essentially offering people lower insurance premiums if they accept less choice of where they accept treatment.
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John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Living in the 70s*  —  A bunch of standard measures …
Discussion: Mother Jones and ThinkProgress
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABCNEWS:
President Clinton Says Gridlock in Washington Hurting the Economy
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Durbin: Senate likely won't act on Obama's jobs bill until Oct.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
The Masters of Hispanic Destiny
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