Palin fuels presidential fire, but at what cost? (AP)

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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2011, file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and husband Todd, greet fair goers during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Palin soon will end the will-she-or-won't-she presidential speculation that has trailed her for two years — and that she has fueled with abandon, perhaps to the detriment of her potential candidacy.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)AP – Sarah Palin soon will end the will-she-or-won’t-she presidential speculation that has trailed her for two years — and that she has fueled with abandon, perhaps to the detriment of her potential candidacy.

GOP’s Bachmann touts jobs policy on return to Iowa (AP)

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AP – Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann pivoted her focus to jobs and the economy Wednesday during her first campaign appearance in Iowa since winning the leadoff caucus state’s Republican straw poll earlier this month.

Huntsman offers tax, trade plan to create jobs (AP)

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Republican presidential candidate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman shakes hands during a campaign stop at Gilchrist Metal Fabrication, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 in Hudson, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)AP – Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman called Wednesday for sweeping tax changes and new trade agreements to help revitalize the nation’s manufacturing sector and create jobs.

US security intensifying as Sept. 11 date nears (AP)

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One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in this aerial photo, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in New York. Behind the tower are the Hudson River and New Jersey.  Sept.  11, 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)AP – As the nation prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — a date al-Qaida has cited as a potential opportunity to strike again — security is intensifying at airports, train stations, nuclear plants and major sporting arenas around the country.

Obama asks to address Congress on jobs

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President Barack Obama gestures after a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, where he urged Congress to pass a federal highway bill. Top congressional Republican John Boehner on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to delay a planned jobs speech to a joint session of Congress by a day in order to avoid “impediments.”

‘More abuse’: Warning of more waste in war spending

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The U.S. has lost billions of dollars to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan and stands to repeat that in future wars without big changes in how the government awards and manages contracts for battlefield support and reconstruction projects, independent investigators said Wednesday.

Jon Huntsman’s economic plan: Tax cuts for rich, tax increases for everyone else

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Huntsman in the before-times. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Jon Huntsman would like you to know that he has an economic plan he hopes the tea partiers will find nutty enough to support. Remember the tea partiers? The “tea” part supposedly stood for “Taxed Enough Already”? Well, if they’re truly steamed about taxes and not just pretending, they’re going to despise this, but if they’re just an astroturf-supported frontgroup for corporations and the rich, he might have a good shot at their support after all:

[Huntsman’s plan] would pay for a half-million-dollar tax break for the richest 0.1 percent of Americans with tax increases on the middle-class and new taxes on seniors, veterans, and poor families.

In an apparent attempt to eclipse all previous Republican giveaways, including the disastrous Bush tax cuts, Huntsman would drop the marginal rate paid by the richest Americans by more than a third to 23 percent — a lower rate than rich people paid during the Coolidge and Hoover Administrations or any time since. He would also eliminate all taxes on all capital gains and dividend income — the primary forms of income for the wealthiest Americans.

Huntsman says he will pay for this supply-side bonanza by eliminating all so-called “tax expenditures.”

Think Progress has a quick rundown of what his plan would mean: The short version is that it would subject most middle class Americans, as well as seniors and other groups, to tax increases in order to pay for these new tax windfalls for the top tenth-of-a-percenters.

Now that’s class warfare. And it’s a pretty bold statement of “coddle the rich, screw everyone else,” even compared to everyday Republican rhetoric—with a rate cut, a removal of the capital gains tax and making dividend income tax-free, he’s got everything in there short of personally pledging sexual favors to every individual billionaire in America.

So here’s my question: Who is this Republican “base” that actually likes this stuff? The people marching around in tricorner hats with big signs saying how overtaxed they are, then demanding their leaders raise their taxes in order to cut taxes on the wealthy yet again? How many teabaggers are out there demanding that their Social Security benefits be taxed, or that their health insurance be taxed, or that their veterans benefits be taxed, because by God we demand no taxes on dividend-based income?

Here’s hoping Huntsman promotes his new plan heavily, because I really, really want to see all the tea party reactions to it. I have no doubt the hardcore base will be able to justify it somehow, complete with bused-in FreedomWorks supporters and a bunch of hand-waving speeches about how zeroing out capital gains taxes will prevent Muslim immigrants from gay marrying our children because Sharia and evolution sucks and whatnot, but I want to personally see Huntsman and the others try to explain this stuff to their base. It would be funny.


Boehner says GOP debate should trump President Obama’s jobs speech

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Unreal:

House Speaker John A. Boehner all but rejected President Obama’s request to speak to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7 by offering an audience the following night.

Mr. Obama had asked to deliver a much anticipated speech outlining his proposals to boost employment and the economy on Wednesday, Sept. 7 — the same time as a scheduled Republican presidential debate, as it happens.

Of course, this is the same exact John Boehner who didn’t even watch the first Republican Presidential debate:

House Speaker John Boehner, the highest-ranking Republican in the country, decided not to watch Thursday night’s debate among Republican presidential contenders, the first debate of the 2012 presidential cycle.

Hotsheet spotted Boehner at Morton’s The Steakhouse on Connecticut Avenue in Washington enjoying a bottle of Cabernet – and a couple of cigarettes.

Speaking of the debate, Boehner told Hotsheet that he will “read about it tomorrow.”

Despite Boehner’s rejection of Obama’s request for the joint session, the debate sponsors have already said they would be willing to delay the presidential debate to accommodate President Obama’s address.

2:03 PM PT: By the way, Thursday night is the start of the NFL season. So not only does Boehner think the GOP debate is too precious to allow President Obama to speak to Congress about creating jobs, he thinks that the GOP’s political priorities should interrupt the start of the NFL season.

2:06 PM PT: You know, if John Boehner can’t even agree to let President Obama give a speech, there’s no way Republicans are going to agree to anything in the way of jobs creation measures. So fuck it. President Obama should go ahead and give the speech somewhere else. Take his message to the public. Screw Congress, screw John Boehner, and screw the tea party’s refusal to do a single damn thing to help put this country back to work.

2:15 PM PT (Barbara Morrill): Via Brian Beutler:

RT @thinkprogress: MT @lukerussert: House historian says public move by Boehner to tell Obama to change date is unprecedented.


Boehner rebuffs Obama; suggests new day

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First Read: After President Obama requested to hold a joint session of Congress on the same night as a GOP debate,  the House speaker suggests he do it a day later.

Huntsman to offer tax, trade plan to create jobs

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Republican Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman holds press conference at Scotty's Landing restaurant on August 10, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Struggling in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is proposing sweeping tax changes and new trade agreements as the means to stimulate new jobs.