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3:11 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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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.
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 …
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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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
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Troy Davis execution: Georgia pardons board denies plea for clemency
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.
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.
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 …
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Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
The President's “balanced” misdirection
Discussion: EconLog
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Issa to launch probe of Obama actions on Solyndra, LightSquared
Discussion: Big Government and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
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Manu Raju / The Politico:   Lamar Alexander quitting leadership post in Senate
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
If top rates return to Reagan era, O'Reilly might quit  —  Fox News' Bill O'Reilly boasted the other day that he enjoys “more power than anybody other than the president.”  —  Apparently, though, this rather extraordinary degree of influence over national affairs isn't quite enough for the conservative media personality.
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Ellen / News Hounds:
Bill O'Reilly Threatens To Quit If Higher Taxes For Millionaires Are Enacted
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Mediaite
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Perry: Obama Has Isolated and Undermined Israel  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking in New York as the United Nations General Assembly was convening, launched a broadside against President Barack Obama, asserting that the president's “naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Perry Used Taxpayer Money To Subsidize Family Vacations, Presidential Campaign Events  —  During the last slash-and-burn legislative session, presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) approved draconian budget cuts for everything from education to Medicare.
Discussion: Wonkette and Firedoglake
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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
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 …
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
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.
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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Toronto Sun:
Take your secret Saudi threats and shove 'em
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Democrats ramp up criticism of GOP spending bill
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The Politico:
Moderate Democrats duck, cover on tax hikes
Discussion: Hot Air
Nathaniel Frank / The Huffington Post:
After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Meaning of Repeal to America
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Liveblog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Four, NYPD Attack Camp for Putting Up a Tarp
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Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney pummels, profits from Fannie, Freddie
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