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3:15 PM ET, September 18, 2011

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Tax Plan Would Ask More of Millionaires  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday will call for a new minimum tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million a year to ensure that they pay at least the same percentage of their earnings as middle-income taxpayers, according to administration officials.
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Ever-increasing tax breaks for U.S. families eclipse benefits for special interests  —  As President Obama and congressional Republicans argue over how to rewrite the U.S. tax code, the debate has revolved around “loopholes” for corporate jets and ending “carve-outs” for well-heeled special interests.
Washington Post:
Obama to call for new minimum tax rate for millionaires  —  President Obama plans to call Monday for a new minimum tax rate on millionaires as part of a comprehensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code to force the wealthiest Americans to pay the same share of income in taxes as middle-class families.
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama to propose new tax rate for millionaires
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'.
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Rick Perry, Uber Texan  —  YOU think of Rick Perry, you think of Texas.  And more Texas.  Perry the cowboy coyote-killer, the lord of the Texas job-creation machine, the g-dropping glad-hander with a “howdy” for every stranger in the room.  He barely exists in the national mind outside of the Texas connection.
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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. pushes back hard at Suskind  —  The White House launched an aggressive response to a forthcoming book that chronicles internal dissent and second-guessing of President Barack Obama by his own staff and presents Obama as a conflicted, sometimes wavering leader.
National Post:
Rex Murphy: The media's love affair with a disastrous president  —  As the bad economic news continues to emanate from the United States — with a double-dip recession now all but certain — a reckoning is overdue.  American journalism will have to look back at the period starting with Barrack Obama's rise …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Tom Kington / Guardian:
Silvio Berlusconi wiretaps reveal boast of spending night with eight women  —  Conversations show that Italian PM resented meetings with the Pope and world leaders interfering with his partying  —  Magistrates investigating an alleged prostitution ring in Italy have published wiretaps …
Colin Moynihan / City Room:
Wall Street Protest Begins, With Demonstrators Blocked  —  For months the protesters had planned to descend on Wall Street on a Saturday and occupy parts of it as an expression of anger over a financial system that they said favors the rich and powerful at the expense of ordinary citizens.
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.
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David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
The Masters of Hispanic Destiny  —  ‘Do we want to be the next victimized minority group, or do we want to be the next successful immigrant group?’  —  Fourteen months out, it's a safe bet that Election 2012 won't hinge on immigration.  But with no major federal action on the issue since 1986 …
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Durbin: Senate likely won't act on Obama's jobs bill until Oct.
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Justice Department survey confirms downward trend in violent crime
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The myth of Palestinian peoplehood
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US links militant group to Pakistan government
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