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The Day Ahead: Tuesday, September 6

By on 9.6.11 | 7:55AM

Congress returns from recess to face a pressing agenda, including aid for cities hit by Irene, funding for transportation workers, and pending trade bills (New York Times)

Vice President Joe Biden tells the Ohio AFL-CIO to repeal the collective-bargaining bill signed by Gov. John Kasich (The Hill)

President Obama's approval ratings hit a new low (Washington Post)

"Largely symbolic" budget cuts hit Congressional office budgets (Washington Times)

Mitt Romney will unveil a jobs plan in Los Vegas, outlined in a USAToday op-ed (CNN)

Postmaster General Patrick Donohue will testify on Capitol Hill about the Postal Service's pressing fiscal problems (CNN)

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg will make his first start in more than a year for the Nationals in D.C. (Boston Globe)

President Obama previews his jobs speech in a preacher-like manner in Detroit:

On the main site:

Petraeus Reprises Sisyphus by Jed Babbin: Gen. David Petraeus will be sworn in today as CIA director -- politically his toughest mountain yet.

Economic Emetics, by Ross Kaminsky: Democrats celebrate Labor Day and the double recession, while the best -- Obama's speech -- is still to come.

Suddenly Last August, by Ben Stein: Back in L.A., achingly missing Sandpoint America.

The People's Palin, by Robert Stacy McCain: Are chants of "Run, Sarah, Run!" a populist battle cry?

Crediting the Cheney Chronicles, by Quin Hillyer: Dick Cheney pays the price for declining to kiss up to the establishment's demi-gods and demagogues.

A Wide Open Week, by Roger Kaplan: Stirrings of hope for American tennis at the great New York tournament.

Haj Amin's Jewish Palace, by John C. Wohlstetter: The first of a week-long series of letters and postcards from Israel.

Freedom Is on the March, by W. James Antle, III: Agreeing and disagreeing with Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch.

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