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Obama agenda: Scheduling conflict

The New York Times: “Any hopes that a kinder, gentler bipartisan Washington would surface once Congress returns after Labor Day were summarily dashed on Wednesday when President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner clashed over, of all things, the date and time of the president’s much-awaited speech to the nation about his proposal to increase jobs and fix the economy.”

President Obama agreed to make his speech before Congress Sept. 8 – next Thursday – instead of Wednesday when he requested. House Speaker John Boehner suggested changing the date, which coincided with the NBC-Politico Republican presidential debate, to a day later.

NPR reports this is the first time in history that a president’s request to speak before Congress was rejected.

The New York Daily News’ cover: “Political football: Bam OKs GOP plea to shift speech date, but now he’s up against NFL opener.”

The New York Post: “Obama backs down.”

“For the first time since the American invasion of Iraq, an entire month has passed without a single United States service member dying,” the New York Times says.

This is embarrassing for the White House… “The California solar panel manufacturer that received a high-profile $535-million Energy Department loan guarantee said it was ceasing operations, laying off 1,100 workers and preparing to file for bankruptcy protection,” the L.A. Times reports. “Solyndra of Fremont, Calif., said it had been rocked by stifling global economic conditions and faced heavy competition from Chinese firms that were undercutting it on costs. It was quite a fall from late 2009, when Solyndra received a $535-million federal loan guarantee as part of the $787-billion economic stimulus package. In May 2010, company executives hosted President Obama on a factory tour and said they expected to add employees.”

The Wall Street Journal: “Solyndra was the first company to receive funds under the Department of Energy's loan-guarantee program. On a trip last year to the company's Fremont complex, President Barack Obama touted Solyndra for creating jobs. About 3,000 construction workers were employed to build a new factory. But amid competition from larger panel makers, Solyndra subsequently laid off staff and recapitalized. The loan to Solyndra came under fire earlier this year from Republicans in Congress and sparked renewed criticism Wednesday.”