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7:10 PM ET, September 19, 2011


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama defends new taxes: 'This is not class warfare, it's math'  —  President Obama defended his proposals to raise taxes on the wealthy Monday and promised to veto any deficit reduction plan from Congress that cuts entitlement programs but doesn't raise taxes on the wealthy.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Behind Obama's newfound aggressiveness: GOP fear of the ‘trigger’  —  It's probably true, as Greg wrote this morning, that Barack Obama's willingness to promote a jobs bill and now a deficit reduction package that are dead on arrival in the House — but will give the White House popular talking points …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Caucus
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama's deficit plan revs up Democrats
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberals pan benefit cuts in Obama plan
Discussion: Healthwatch and CNN
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Debt Reduction Plan a Sharp Pullback from Grand Bargain Territory
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.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Qwikster and the Dead  —  This morning I found an apology-laden missive in my inbox from Reed Hastings of Netflix, explaining that they'd really messed up the transition when they announced the end of free streaming, and that in order to fix it, they had . . . decided to more decisively split their DVD and streaming services.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Susan Rice: Palestinians Are Delaying Creation of Their State  —  The anti-Israel Barack Obama, who has strengthened America's defense and intelligence ties with Israel (despite secretly hating it, as many Republican will tell you), also appointed the secretly Israel-hating Susan Rice …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Mahmoud Abbas: ‘All hell has broken out’
Discussion: Reuters and Israel Matzav
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rick Perry's newbie mistake on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Justice Department opposes Texas Congressional map  —  The Department of Justice on Monday expressed its opposition to the congressional map devised by Texas Republicans, claiming it does not meet the requirements of the Voting Rights Act and needs to be redrawn.
Discussion: Associated Press
Aljazeera:   Vote suppression in the US revs up
Ryan J. Reilly /
DOJ: Rick Perry's Texas Congressional Redistricting Map Violates Voting Rights Act
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’.”
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Greta Van Susteren calls Tucker Carlson a ‘pig’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Gretawire
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 …
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.
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Elite team of 5 assigned to seek truth on Obama  —  Sheriff Joe picks ‘Cold Case Posse’ to investigate president's eligibility  —  Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND he has assigned a five-member “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the authenticity of Barack Obama's birth certificate.
The Daily Beast:
Bill O'Reilly's Civil War  —  The Fox News host thinks America is in dire straits—and what it needs is a history lesson.  In this week's Newsweek, he tells Peter J. Boyer about his new book and why he likes Obama.
Discussion: The Politico and Mediaite
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Perry, Romney draw support from distinct groups  —  WASHINGTON - Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, in what is becoming a battle between the candidate who excites more Republicans …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
BlueCheddar melts, pulls video confession of “beer pouring” guy (but the internet never forgets)  —  BlueCheddar is a Wisconsin “progressive” website that posted a video confession by an anti-Republican stalker who poured beer over a Republican legislator.  —  The stalker has been charged …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
Noah / Noahpinion:
Great Stagnation...or Great Relocation?  —  “I was on top of the Westin Hotel being shown the sights of [Shanghai], and I had a sudden crisis as I looked out at the extraordinary skyscrapers the architecture and the art deco.  I thought to myself, well, the mandate of heaven has passed from us and come home.”
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Boehner's “Tea Party” Challenger Is Really A Randall Terry Plant  —  Last week it was announced that a “pro-life/Tea Party activist” named David Lewis would be launching a primary against John Boehner.  Since then, most of the press coverage has focused on the “Tea Party” …
Discussion: Addicting Info and Examiner
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
Jim Efstathiou Jr / Bloomberg:
Solyndra Flop Fails to Slow Obama Team's $9.2 Billion Push for Wind, Solar  —  The Obama administration, defying congressional Republicans after the failure of solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, is working to award as much as $9.2 billion in government financing to renewable energy companies before a Sept. 30 deadline.
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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
A little lizard is creating big concerns for Texas.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
JOBS AND THE G.O.P.  —  There is no truer truism in American politics …
Discussion: Washington Monthly