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)
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:
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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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