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3:05 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.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why the White House changed course  —  President Obama's deficit-reduction plan (pdf) is most interesting for what's not in it.  It does not cut Social Security by “chaining” the program's cost-of-living increases.  It does not raise the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama defends new taxes: 'This is not class warfare, it's math'
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Vows Veto if Deficit Plan Has No Tax Increases
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Obama Vows To Veto Medicare Cuts If Unmatched By Tax Hikes
Marlene Y. Satter / AdvisorOne:
Obama Unveils Deficit Plan, Using ‘Buffett Rule’ for Tax on Wealthy
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
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’
Discussion: Reuters and Israel Matzav
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Susan Rice: Palestinians Are Delaying Creation of Their State
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rick Perry's newbie mistake on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Geithner denies book's claim that he ignored president's orders  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Monday that reports from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind's new book about the Obama administration's handling of the economic crisis “bear no resemblance to the reality” of the situation.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
The Politico:
Details on Obama's $3-trillion deficit-cutting plan  —  The White House on Monday released this “Fact Sheet: Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future - The President's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction  —  Overview: The health of our economy depends on what we do right …
Vote suppression in the US revs up  —  In recent years, the Republican Party has accelerated its efforts to make voting more difficult for Americans.  —  In the 1964 presidential elections, a young political operative named Bill guarded a largely African-American polling place in South Phoenix, Arizona like a bull mastiff.
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 …
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.
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama throws ‘class warfare’ charge back in GOP's face  —  This has to be the clearest sign yet that Obama has taken a very sharp populist turn as he seeks to frame the contrast between the parties heading into 2012.  During his remarks this morning, Obama directly responded to Republicans accusing him of …
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Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Ponders Jobs, Inflation Targets
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Rollins: Bachmann doesn't have resources to go beyond Iowa currently
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Woolsey: House liberals want ‘braver’ jobs plan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
While Lobbying For Huge Tax Giveaways, Corporations Hoard Record Amounts Of Cash Instead Of Hiring
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
NY Daily News:
Squeegees return as New York City is awash in windshield swipers in sign of (desperate) times
John Avlon / CNN:
Christine O'Donnell: Exhibit A for getting rid of closed primaries
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
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Michael Grunwald / Swampland:
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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
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
JOBS AND THE G.O.P.  —  There is no truer truism in American politics …
Discussion: Washington Monthly