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12:35 PM ET, September 20, 2011


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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 …
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.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Budget analysts say Obama deficit plan is likely to miss its targets  —  President Obama projects that his new plan for reducing the federal debt will save more than $3 trillion over the next decade by raising taxes on the wealthy and slashing spending on a host of government programs, from farm subsidies to federal worker pensions.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Issa to launch probe of Obama actions on Solyndra, LightSquared
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevinliptak / CNN:   Just how important is Ohio in 2012? Very!
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.
Israel Calls on Palestinians to Abandon UN Bid, Hold Talks  —  Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) — Israel called on the Palestinians to abandon their drive for United Nations recognition and restart peace talks as the U.S. and other countries try to work out a compromise aimed at avoiding a Security Council showdown.
Discussion: The Reaction
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Perry: Obama Has Isolated and Undermined Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
GOP Candidates Assail Obama on Israel
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:   Perry criticizes Obama on Middle East policy
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Alexander to leave GOP leadership post  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday announced he will step down from his post as Senate Republican Conference chairman in January.  —  Alexander made the announcement in a letter sent to his Republican colleagues in the Senate.
Discussion: CNN
Manu Raju / The Politico:   Lamar Alexander quitting leadership post in Senate
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.
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
The President's “balanced” misdirection  —  The White House is marketing the President's new deficit reduction proposals as “A Balanced Approach.” … The President argues that “balance” between spending cuts and tax increases is good.  He further argues that he achieves this desired balance …
Discussion: EconLog
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
Centrist Dems Already Trying To Put The Brakes On Obama's Tax Increases
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
The New Class of ‘Geniuses’  —  An Architect, a Percussionist and 20 Others Win $500,000 MacArthur Grants  —  CHICAGO—A radio host, a jazz percussionist and a physicist who freezes and studies atoms were among the 22 people who got a phone call or email out of the blue last week telling …
Discussion: Gothamist, Mediaite and Gawker
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Ralph Nader praises Sarah Palin  —  Ralph Nader hearts Sarah Palin?  —  We decided to call the longtime left crusader about a speech Palin gave in Iowa earlier this month, one which seemed to mark the transformation of Palin from a standard-issue movement conservative to something more independent and more reformist.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Ralph Nader wants a primary challenge for President Obama
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Joe McGinniss: Threats are the ‘Palin way’  —  Sarah and Todd Palin “scare” and “threaten” people - that's the “Palin way,” author Joe McGinniss charged on Tuesday.  —  In an interview on CNN for the release of his new book, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,” McGinniss said he spoke to …
Discussion: The Other McCain and CNN
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 …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious  —  MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — In the small towns nestled throughout the Ozarks, people like to say that everybody knows everybody's business — and if they do not, they feel free to offer an educated guess.
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 …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Eric Holder: We aim to close Gitmo before Election Day  —  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration is doing everything it can to shut down the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before the 2012 presidential elections.  —  Speaking Tuesday at the European Parliament …
The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann ‘Surprised’ By Jay Leno Interview Questions (AUDIO) … During a radio interview on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said she was “surprised” by questions presented to her during a recent appearance on NBC's “Tonight Show.”
Marcus Walker / Wall Street Journal:
Greek Crisis Exacts the Cruelest Toll  —  HERAKLION, Greece—The first time he despaired of his debts, Vaggelis Petrakis drank a poisonous brew of beer and gasoline.  —  A note he left didn't mention the financial woes of his fruit and vegetable business, of which his family was well aware.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney pummels, profits from Fannie, Freddie  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has long been critical of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, blaming the government-backed housing lenders for inducing the home-mortgage crisis and saying they have become too unwieldy.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mother Jones
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
Flings of the Waistcoat Crowd  —  Bill Keller has a column at the NYT because he can have a column at the NYT, not because anybody is clamoring to hear what he has to say.  —  Print journalism dies preening.  —  When the newly sworn-in president congratulated us all on choosing unity …
Brian Canova / Politics:
Tony Bennett on 9/11 Attacks: ‘They Flew the Plane in, But We Caused It’  —  American icon Tony Bennett took to the airwaves at Sirius Radio to promote his new album, “Duets II,” but it's what he said about war, peace, terrorism, and who was to blame for the Sept. 11 terror attacks that could get people talking.
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Paul Hammel / Omaha World-Herald:
Poll: Only 33% support pipeline
Discussion: Hotline On Call
CBS New York:
Sen. Schumer Expresses Reservations About President Obama's Tax Plan
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and National Review
Glenn Hubbard / Bloomberg:
Short-Term Stimulus Won't Help U.S. in Long Run: Glenn Hubbard
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
France's burqa ban: women are ‘effectively under house arrest’
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Did Wall St. bet on credit downgrade?
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry's Lesser-Known First Book Could Be A Distraction From Economy-Centered Message
Discussion: New York Times
Wilson Ring / The Huffington Post:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal: Navy Lt. Gary Ross, Partner Dan Swezy Wed As Military's Gay Ban Formally Ends
Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
Anti-Gay NOM Activist Maggie Gallagher Attends Staged Broadway Benefit for Team Challenging Proposition 8
Discussion: Good As You and Joe. My. God.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Day No. 972: President Obama unveils a deficit reduction plan
Discussion: Associated Press
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
House Dems outraise Republicans for Aug.
Discussion: CNN and
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Secret recordings raise new questions in ATF ‘Gunwalker’ operation

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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