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2:00 PM ET, September 19, 2011


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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Deficit Plan Cuts Entitlements and Raises Taxes on Rich  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will unveil a deficit-reduction plan on Monday that uses entitlement cuts, tax increases and war savings to reduce government spending by more than $3 trillion over the next 10 years, administration officials said.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Multi-Millionaire Rep. Says He Can't Afford A Tax Hike Because He Only Has $400K A Year After Feeding Family  —  Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) appeared on MSNBC with Chris Jansing this morning to attack President Obama's new deficit reduction plan, which includes some tax increases on the wealthy.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama's debt-reduction plan: $3 trillion in savings, half from new tax revenue  —  President Obama will announce a proposal on Monday to tame the nation's rocketing federal debt, calling for $1.5 trillion in new revenue as part of a plan to find more than $3 trillion in budget savings over a decade, senior administration officials said.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Will Veto Super-Committee Plan That's All Medicare Cuts And No Tax Hikes … WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will veto a comprehensive deficit reduction package if it includes cuts to entitlement program benefits but no tax hikes on the wealthy or well-to-do corporations, senior advisers said on Sunday.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Debt Reduction Plan a Sharp Pullback from Grand Bargain Territory
Discussion: TPMDC and The Mahablog
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama defends new taxes: 'This is not class warfare, it's math'
Discussion: National Review
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Vows Veto if Deficit Plan Has No Tax Increases
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Obama Vows To Veto Medicare Cuts If Unmatched By Tax Hikes
Discussion: Firedoglake, MyDD and Mother Jones
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama's Deficit Plan Calls For $248 Billion In Medicare Savings, Changing ‘The Way We Pay For Health Care’
Discussion: The New Republic
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:   Why the White House changed course
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Greta Van Susteren: Tucker Carlson's a ‘pig’ for Palin story  —  Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is calling out Daily Caller owner Tucker Carlson as a “pig” and “purveyor of smut” for prominently posting a story with the headline: “Mike Tyson: Sarah Palin met the ‘womb shifter’.”
Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
An Explanation and Some Reflections  —  I messed up.  I owe everyone an explanation.  —  It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes.
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Tsuris  —  Barack Obama is the best thing Israel has going for it right now.  Why is that so difficult for Netanyahu and his American Jewish allies to understand?  —  The last time Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu shared each other's company, you could say that the encounter did not go well …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Mahmoud Abbas: ‘All hell has broken out’  —  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that “all hell has broken out” over his bid to seek statehood recognition at the United Nations this week over objections from the United States.  —  “Matters will be bad” as his campaign …
Discussion: Reuters and Israel Matzav
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Blockbuster Case Yields an Unexpected Result  —  WASHINGTON — People who hate Citizens United, last year's blockbuster campaign finance decision by the Supreme Court, tend to blame it for allowing secret money from corporations and unions to flood the political landscape.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's urgent jobs plan: Right now, ‘right now’ means sometime next month maybe  —  Everybody remembers the urgency of President Obama's attitude toward the awful jobs situation.  —  Back in early August, Obama said the jobs situation was so urgent that he was going to give another speech about it …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Fill In the Blanks  —  Just a few winters ago my wife and I took our daughters to witness the inauguration of a man who had campaigned on hope and embodied possibility.  We are pretty immune to political euphoria, but, circulating among the footsore pilgrims, we could imagine our country …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Extra Bonus Quote of the Day  —  “By the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over.”  — Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), in an interview on MSNBC, on why as a small business owner he can't afford a tax increase.
The Wtmj / Local:
Thompson files fundraising papers for Senate run  —  MADISON - Former Governor Tommy Thompson has said that his long consideration of a run for U.S. Senate is over, and the process to run for the Senate has begun.  —  “I've filed my corporation documents today, which allows me now to build my organization …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
When Ronald Reagan Was President, There Was A Soviet Union And A Cold War  —  Via Spencer Ackerman, Eli Lake reports on Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) acting like a complete fool who thinks the GOP congressional staffers are tiny children: … There's not much to engage with in this argument except …
Discussion: Attackerman and The Daily Beast
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Republican Calls for a More Honest Debate  —  WASHINGTON — Four months after he decided against jumping into the Republican presidential race, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana says that he has occasionally been frustrated by the discourse in the campaign and that the field could benefit …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The Last Days of the Old Parking Meter  —  Motorists' bane, magnet for thieves, and memorialized in the Beatles' “Lovely Rita,” the diminutive parking meter has led an outsize life.  But its days in New York City are about to expire.  —  The city will remove its last decommissioned single …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
JOBS AND THE G.O.P.  —  There is no truer truism in American politics than James Carville's catchphrase from the 1992 election “It's the economy, stupid.”  When people discuss Barack Obama's current approval rating, which is at its lowest level ever, they may invoke his supposed lack …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Avlon / CNN:
Christine O'Donnell: Exhibit A for getting rid of closed primaries  —  Editor's note: John Avlon is a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is the co-author of the new book, “Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns.”
NY Daily News:
Squeegees return as New York City is awash in windshield swipers in sign of (desperate) times  —  Squeegee men, the aggressive panhandlers who wash your car windows whether you want them to or not, are back.  —  Armed with buckets and $5 squeegees, a squad of men waded into stalled Times …
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Books of The Times: Ron Suskind's ‘Confidence Men’ Focuses on Obama - Review  —  The portrait of the Obama White House that the veteran journalist Ron Suskind draws in his searing new book, “Confidence Men,” is that of a young, inexperienced president lacking the leadership and managerial skills …
Seven held in Birmingham anti-terror operation  —  Specialist police teams are now searching properties in the city  —  Six men and a woman have been arrested in Birmingham in a large anti-terrorism operation, West Midlands Police say.  —  The men, aged between 25 and 32 …
Wall St. Protesters Say They're Settled In  —  (Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)  —  ABC News' Erin McLaughlin reports:  —  Protesters who vowed to “occupy Wall Street” are holding their ground in downtown New York, and say they have no plans to leave anytime soon.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
While Lobbying For Huge Tax Giveaways, Corporations Hoard Record Amounts Of Cash Instead Of Hiring  —  American corporations are holding more cash on their balance sheets than at any time in nearly a half century, as they continue to save instead of investing or hiring workers, according to a Federal Reserve report released Friday.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Survey: Seniors confused by Medicare, federal health law
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How Obama's Jobs Plan Could Trigger Another Debt Limit Fight Before Election Day
Discussion: Daily Kos
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Affliction of Comfort
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Despite Internal GOP Opposition, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Stands By His Election Rigging Scheme
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rick Perry's newbie mistake on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Bleeding Cure  —  Doctors used to believe that by draining …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
A little lizard is creating big concerns for Texas.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
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Paul A. Volcker / New York Times:
A Little Inflation Can Be a Dangerous Thing
Discussion: Paul Krugman and TheMoneyIllusion
Hindustan Times:
Police raid gay party, detain 133 for ‘indecent behaviour’
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO outlines how supercommittee can bring down debt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers

From Techmeme:

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
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