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President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act yesterday at the White House, clutching a print-out bound by a paper (or binder, fine) clip. Can you even believe that he would use a clip like that? What a jerk. Wait, what?

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Rick Perry has picked up the endorsement of another fellow Republican governor: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

Sandoval announced his support forPerry in a statement late Tuesday, just a day after another governor, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, also endorsed Perry:

Our nation needs a leader in the White House who understands the role of government and our economy. Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates. As a governor, Rick Perry created a tremendous blueprint for job creation and as President, I know he will get America working again. I consider Governor Perry a friend and I am proud to endorse his campaign for President.

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A photo voter ID law signed by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is unnecessary, unfair, restrictive and intentionally discriminates against African-American and Latino voters, a coalition of civil rights groups will argue in a letter to the Justice Department on Wednesday.

Groups in the coalition want DOJ's Civil Rights Division to oppose preclearance of Texas's photo voter identification law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The Advancement Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asian American Justice Center, Southwest Workers Union, a statewide Hispanic organization and Demos say the state failed to prove that the law was enacted for a nondiscriminatory purpose and that it will have no discriminatory effect on minorities.

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We’ll be updating with live results throughout the evening for tonight’s special elections in New York’s 9th and Nevada’s 2nd district. Polls have now closed in New York. They’ll close at 10 PM eastern in Nevada.

TPM’s Benjy Sarlin will be reporting live from Queens. Those updates and more here in our Livewire. And of course you can follow the latest results at our election scoreboard .

The GOP-led House Financical Services Committee has produced a highly-stylized video, posted on YouTube, attacking the Obama administration's approach to regulation. A public interest group says the video comes pretty close to breaking House rules.

"This partisan video walks the line of the franking rules, but unfortunately may not cross it," Public Citizen's Lisa Gilbert told TPM.

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Updated 7:02 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 13 The National Transportation Security Board on Tuesday recommended that all 50 states and D.C. pass legislation banning commercial truck drivers from using mobile phones to talk and text, including hands-free devices, except in emergencies.

"Distracted driving is becoming increasingly prevalent, exacerbating the danger we encounter daily on our roadways,"said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman in a release. "It can be especially lethal when the distracted driver is at the wheel of a vehicle that weighs 40 tons and travels at highway speeds."

The independent government investigative agency, which looks into the nation's worst crashes on land, sea and air, doesn't actually have the power to impose rules of its own and instead issues recommendations to other agencies and state governments.

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Pennsylvania Republicans, who won the governorship and full majority control of the legislature in 2010, are now setting their sites on a major change -- to the state's Electoral College votes, which have been regularly won statewide by Democrats for 20 years, in the winner-take-all system used by nearly all the states.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Gov. Tom Corbett and state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi are proposing that the state divide up its Electoral College votes according to which candidates carried each Congressional district, plus two votes for the statewide winner. The system is used by Maine -- which, despite the system, has never actually split its four electoral votes -- and by Nebraska, which gave one of its five votes to Barack Obama in 2008.

Pennsylvania, however, will have 20 electoral votes in the 2012 election. What's more, the measure would give even greater meaning to the state's redistricting for the House of Representatives, giving it a powerful effect over the presidency in addition to the House.

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The Obama campaign is launching a new website for 2012 to squash “disinformation” before it takes root.

“” s modeled after the 2008 campaign’s “Fight the Smears” which rebutted popular myths about things like Obama’s religion and birth certificate. The new site tackles more general topics, however, rebutting general criticism of Obama on the economy and foreign policy, for example.