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4:55 PM ET, September 20, 2011

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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries.  —  “Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires,” Obama said Monday.
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Chart of the Day: ‘Buffett Rule’ Wouldn't Bring In Much Revenue
Discussion: National Review
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AP fact check: Secretaries don't pay more taxes than their bosses
Ellen / News Hounds:
Bill O'Reilly Threatens To Quit If Higher Taxes For Millionaires Are Enacted
Discussion: Mediaite and Indecision Forever
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
If top rates return to Reagan era, O'Reilly might quit
Wall Street Journal:
The Buffett Alternative Tax
David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama Rejects Obamaism  —  I'm a sap, a specific kind of sap.  I'm an Obama Sap.  —  When the president said the unemployed couldn't wait 14 more months for help and we had to do something right away, I believed him.  When administration officials called around saying that the possibility …
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Edward Morrissey / The Week Magazine:
Has Obama quit already?  —  Judging by his plans for job creation and deficit reduction, the president has given up on policy accomplishments in favor of playing politics  —  The last few weeks of polling data have been so bad for Barack Obama that pundits have begun speculating whether …
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
Centrist Dems Already Trying To Put The Brakes On Obama's Tax Increases  —  President Obama's deficit-reduction plan—complete with tax increases on the wealthiest Americans—won high marks from his liberal base encouraged to see Obama back in fighting mode, but the plan is set to hit …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Budget analysts say Obama deficit plan is likely to miss its targets
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
The President's “balanced” misdirection
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and EconLog
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
In early Obama White House, female staffers felt frozen out  —  Friction about the roles of women in the Obama White House grew so intense during the first two years of the president's tenure that he was forced to take steps to reassure senior women on his staff that he valued their presence and their input.
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Longtime Obama aide to depart White House
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Perry Looks Better Against Romney Than Against Obama  —  Leads Romney by 10 points in “narrow down” but trails Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Rick Perry leads Mitt Romney by 31% to 24% in a new USA Today/Gallup poll of Republican presidential nomination preferences.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Perry narrowly leads Romney in SC poll
Discussion: The Politico
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Parole board denies clemency for Troy Davis  —  The state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis after hearing pleas for mercy from Davis' family and calls for his execution by surviving relatives of a murdered Savannah police officer.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jose Padilla and how American justice functions
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Dish and Politics
OccupyWallSt News:
Day 4: At least five arrested, one may be in critical condition  —  Early this morning at least five protesters were arrested by NYPD.  —  The first arrest was a protester who objected to the police removing a tarp that was protecting our media equipment from the rain.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Yahoo Appears To Be Censoring Email Messages About Wall Street Protests (Updated)
Discussion: US Politics
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Liveblog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Four, NYPD Attack Camp for Putting Up a Tarp
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Katie Pavlich Attorney General in Mexico: 200 Murders Result of Operation Fast and Furious  —  In a conference call this morning with Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, reporters were told the Attorney General in Mexico has confirmed at least 200 murders south …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Defending Decision Not To Investigate News Corp., Issa Contradicts Own Claim That He Knows Rupert Murdoch
Discussion: The Crawdad Hole and The Raw Story
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Bill Clinton scorches GOP field on climate change  —  Bill Clinton turned up the heat on the leading Republican presidential contenders Tuesday, saying their opposition to acknowledging climate change makes the country “look like a joke.”  —  “If you're an American, the best thing …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warren takes lead on Brown  —  Elizabeth Warren has had an incredibly successful launch to her Senate campaign and actually leads Scott Brown now by a 46-44 margin, erasing what was a 15 point deficit the last time we polled the state in early June.  —  Warren's gone from 38% name recognition …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Chalk up Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe's Tuesday morning actions to heroism: Roe saved a man's life with CPR after he flatlined in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport.  —  Roe, an obstetrician before he first ran for public office, was walking through the Charlotte terminal …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Roe restarts a man's heart
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
The Appraisal: A Glimpse at Bloomberg's Lavish Tastes at Home  —  He has been known to serve tuna on crackers during cocktail hour.  He prefers diners to power-breakfast spots like the Regency.  His sartorial style remains buttoned down, with a salmon-color crew neck and matching socks about as gaudy as it gets.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Santorum contacted Google, says company spreads ‘filth’  —  A Google search for Santorum has generated some inappropriate results since gay columnist Dan Savage organized an online campaign to link graphic sexual terms to the socially conservative senator's name.
Marist Poll:
9/20: 39% Approval Rating for Obama, Lowest of Presidency  —  President Barack Obama faces a litany of bad news.  The president's job approval rating, his favorability, and his rating on the economy have hit all-time lows.  To compound matters, three in four Americans still believe the nation …
Reuters:
Solyndra execs will decline to testify at hearing  —  Solyndra LLC's chief executive and chief financial officer will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and decline to answer any questions put to them at a Congressional hearing on Friday, according to letters from their attorneys obtained by Reuters.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Reid warns shutdown is possible  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday there is a chance that the government could shutter at the end of this month.  —  Criticizing House Republicans for the disaster relief provisions in their budget bill, Reid told reporters, “We're not going to cave on this.”
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
A future for drones: Automated killing  —  One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, Ga., two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search of an orange, green and blue tarp.  —  The automated, unpiloted planes worked on their own …
Discussion: Boing Boing and emptywheel
 
 
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Is Obama Becoming the President He Has to Be, Not the One He Wanted?
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Texas GOP Rep On Cuts To Family Planning: ‘Of Course This Is A War On Birth Control’
Discussion: NPR
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Dean: Employers will drop coverage under Obamacare
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Toronto Sun:
Take your secret Saudi threats and shove 'em
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The Politico:
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Perry Used Taxpayer Money To Subsidize Family Vacations, Presidential Campaign Events
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Alexander to leave GOP leadership post
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