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4:30 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 …
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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  —  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.
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
The President's “balanced” misdirection
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and EconLog
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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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: Indecision Forever and Mediaite
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
If top rates return to Reagan era, O'Reilly might quit
Wall Street Journal:
The Buffett Alternative Tax
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
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: The Daily Dish, CNN and Politics
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
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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Raf Casert / Associated Press:
Obama administration insists on Guantanamo closure  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Obama administration will do its utmost to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay before next year's presidential elections despite political opposition.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Holder: Hey, we're still totally going to close Gitmo
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Eric Holder: We aim to close Gitmo before Election Day
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Alleges Full Tilt Poker Was Ponzi Scheme  —  The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused poker celebrities Howard Lederer and Christopher Ferguson among other executives of a major poker website of defrauding poker players out of more than $300 million.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Hit & Run
Los Angeles Times:
Bachmann's campaign pitch is off-key  —  The GOP candidate speaks at a traffic-signal plant in Iowa, which she says would benefit from her policies.  But the firm thrives on government-funded road projects like those Obama has promoted.  —  Michele Bachmann appears at a manufacturing plant in Sheffield, Iowa.
 
 
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Reuters:
Solyndra execs will decline to testify at hearing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
CHART: Only Advanced Degree-Holders Saw Wage Gains In Last Decade
New York Times:
Afghan Peace Council Chief Killed in Attack on His Home
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Dean: Employers will drop coverage under Obamacare
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Newt Gingrich promises new Contract With America
Toronto Sun:
Take your secret Saudi threats and shove 'em
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
Moderate Democrats duck, cover on tax hikes
Discussion: Hot Air
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Perry Used Taxpayer Money To Subsidize Family Vacations, Presidential Campaign Events
Discussion: Wonkette and Firedoglake
Nathaniel Frank / The Huffington Post:
After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Meaning of Repeal to America
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
The New Class of ‘Geniuses’
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Alexander to leave GOP leadership post
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Joe McGinniss: Threats are the ‘Palin way’
 

 
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