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House Republicans leaders officially put President Obama on notice -- in the kindest language possible -- that they don't intend to accept his marching orders on the jobs bill and take up the entire package all at once.

Instead, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and the rest of the the GOP leadership team, said they'd be much more amendable to the plan if it was offered to them in smaller, separate bites -- no doubt so they can push the tax cut provisions for small businesses and jettison the plan's costliest spending proposals like school renovation and extending unemployment insurance.

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Unions were breathing a sigh of relief Friday morning after House Republicans punted a contentious anti-union issue preventing funding for the Federal Aviation Administration to the end of December, providing back pay to agency workers and giving opponents more time to organize and fight GOP-backed anti-labor provisions.

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They've been flirting awkwardly and publicly for years without any culmination.

But now that they've both had legendarily terrible weeks and could really use some love, geriatric Web company AOL really wants to hook up its fellow legacy brand Yahoo, for real this time.

Bloomberg reports Friday that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is in talks with advisers at Yahoo about having it acquire his company.

Full Disclosure: I was an AOL staff blogger between January and November of 2010.

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Chris Wallace appeared on Friday's Fox and Friends and assailed NBC's Brian Williams over his question to Rick Perry about whether he ever struggled to sleep at night over the potential innocence of one of his many executed inmates, calling it an example of a "liberal bias."
"Would you ask a liberal politician about sleeping at night if they favored abortion or choice? " Wallace argued. "It is so built into the drinking water, if you will, in some of these liberal outlets that they don't even understand it happens."
Anchor Steve Doocy set up the question with a critique by conservative media critic Bernie Goldberg who said that Williams shouldn't have asked the question, which Wallace agreed with "100%".
"There were a bunch of questions that I thought that there was a left-wing bias," Wallace opined. "That's the only way you can describe it."
"If you watch that debate, it's just a different set of questions than they would've asked Democratic candidates...I just think there is a bias against conservatives in the mainstream media. I absolutely agree with Bernie Goldberg."
Watch the segment below, courtesy Fox News:

(h/t MM)





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Right now, there aren't many voters who view presidential candidates of either party in a very good light. A new poll out Friday from Public Policy Polling (D) shows the race in North Carolina to be a tight one, with President Obama locked in a dead heat with the major announced GOP candidates, but the Republicans have problems of their own: not one of them is close to having a positive favorability rating.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) doesn't want Florida to have all the fun of drug testing suspicion-less citizens before receiving state benefits.

"I so want drug testing," Haley said on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. "It's something I've been wanting since the first day I walked into office."

And now Haley is trying to make that dream come true, pushing for people applying for jobless benefits to first pass a drug test before receiving any aid, the AP reports.

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Sprint is already behind AT&T and Verizon when it comes to getting the iPhone into the hands of its wireless customers, but when it finally begins selling a new version of the device in October - supposedly the iPhone 5 -, it will reportedly offer something that neither competitor can boast: unlimited data.

According to Bloomberg, the long-awaited arrival of the iPhone on Sprint, the nation's third-largest wireless carrier, will be accompanied by an unlimited data plan at a flat fee, allowing customers to browse the web, download apps and watch streaming videos with abandon.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has a dire warning about what could happen if his newly-passed law to weaken collective bargaining for public employee unions were to be repealed in a referendum in November: It would send a message to businesses that Ohio is "slow" and "heavy", and too beholden to labor unions.

"If we don't win this, the setback is how does Ohio get labeled in the minds of companies around this country," Kasich told the Canton Repository. "Is it a slow heavy labor state? Which tends to scare decision makers, CEOs.

"It's just important we win this. I mean if we don't win, it it'll be a setback to economic growth. But I think we're going to win."

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Updated: September 9, 2011, 3:45PM

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is accusing President Barack Obama of a "double standard" because his uncle, an illegal immigrant, was released from prison after he was arrested from driving under the influence.

Obama's uncle Onyango Obama was arrested in Massachusetts last month, charged with failing to yield, operating a motor vehicle to endanger and a DUI.

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The Nielsen ratings just came out for last night’s presidential address. An astonishing 31 million viewers tuned in to listen to Obama address the joint session of Congress. In comparison, only 5.4 million viewers watched the GOP debate at the Reagan Library the previous night. Not even the opening game of the NFL season could outdraw the president; the Saints and Packers attracted 27 million ecstatic football fans.

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