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9:30 AM ET, August 4, 2011


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tense moments at Common Purpose meet  —  Tensions between the White House and its liberal allies came to a head last night at the weekly Common Purpose meeting, where progressive leaders and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling had a tense exchange about the debt deal, two Democratic sources said.
Quinnipiac University:
DEBT DEAL DOESN'T RESCUE OBAMA FROM FLORIDA CRASH, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS; ROMNEY CLOSES GAP IN 2012 PRESIDENTIAL RACE  —  The national debt ceiling deal does not rescue President Barack Obama's crashing job approval rating in Florida as he gets a negative 44 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Thumbs down on the debt-ceiling deal  —  WASHINGTON — The hard-won, last-minute agreement to raise the debt ceiling and cut the deficit gets low ratings from Americans, who by more than 2-1 predict it will make the nation's fragile economy worse rather than better.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
LaHood blames his former GOP colleagues for FAA impasse
Discussion: Washington Post, TPMDC, Firedoglake and CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats' frustration with media begins to show in FAA fight with House
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Pressured by White House, Treasury Secretary Is Expected to Stay at Post  —  WASHINGTON — Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary and dean of President Obama's economic team, is expected to stay through the president's term after intense White House pressure, according to officials familiar with the discussions.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Santorum To Give Out Free Jelly At Ames
William Petroski / Iowa Caucuses:
Santorum makes sweet offer to Ames Straw Poll attendees
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Yahoo! News:
US borrowing tops 100% of GDP: Treasury  —  US debt shot up $238 billion to reach 100 percent of gross domestic project after the government's debt ceiling was lifted, Treasury figures showed Wednesday.  —  Treasury borrowing jumped Tuesday, the data showed, immediately after President Barack Obama signed …
Rasmussen Reports:
69% Say It's Likely Scientists Have Falsified Global Warming Research  —  The debate over global warming has intensified in recent weeks after a new NASA study was interpreted by skeptics to reveal that global warming is not man-made.  While a majority of Americans nationwide continue …
The Politico:
Obama's big drags  —  The politics of the debt fight were a drag for President Barack Obama, yanking his popularity to new lows.  Here's an even bigger drag: Obama emerges from the months-long fracas weaker - and facing much deeper and more durable political obstacles - than his own advisers ever imagined.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Judge allows American to sue Rumsfeld over torture … WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge is allowing an Army veteran who says he was imprisoned unjustly and tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq to sue former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld personally for damages.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Inside the Huntsman ‘drama’  —  A blistering internal feud in the Jon Huntsman presidential campaign is erupting into public view, with dueling camps trading charges and an exodus of campaign officials.  —  And now, a longtime family friend tells POLITICO that Huntsman's wife and father fret …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Naked Politics
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Tired of the Crazies  —  Looks like Chris Christie is sick of the nutters, too:  —  Maybe it is just me, but why don't more Democrats talk like that- forceful, in your face, etc.  I know a lot of you think Christie is a dick, and I think a lot of the time you are right, but performances like this just resonate with people.
New York Times:
Bloomberg to Use Own Funds in Plan to Aid Minority Youth  —  The administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in a blunt acknowledgment that thousands of young black and Latino men are cut off from New York's civic, educational and economic life, plans to spend nearly $130 million …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Gaffney Wonders If Norwegian Terrorist's Manifesto Was A ‘False Flag Operation’ Intended To ‘Suppress Criticism’ Of Sharia  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, CO.  —  Soon after the horrific terror act in Norway last month …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Michael Isikoff /
Firm gives $1 million to pro-Romney group, then dissolves  —  Records offer no clues who was behind mystery company that donated to ‘super PAC’  —  Below:  —  updated 2011-08-04T10:01:38  —  A mystery company that pumped $1 million into a political committee backing Mitt Romney …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sharon Jayson / USA Today:
Citing new research, psychology group supports gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON - The world's largest organization of psychologists took its strongest stand to date supporting full marriage equity, a move that observers say will have a far-reaching impact on the national debate.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:
Oregon Rep. David Wu resigns; candidates scramble to replace him  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., formally resigned from Congress Wednesday with a phone call to Gov. John Kitzhaber, capping a day of mounting speculation over when he would finally leave.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Inside the Huntsman ‘drama’  —  'Goodness will overcome the temporary difficulties and early turf-protecting," wrote the candidate.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Rivals in G.O.P. Struggle to Woo Bush's Donors  —  The calls come at least once a week these days, with growing urgency: friends of the Republican presidential candidates, aides to the candidates, and often the candidates themselves, wondering if Al Hoffman Jr. might be ready to lend a hand.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Daily Kos
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama: “We're Not Even Halfway There Yet”  —  “It's been a long, tough journey.  But we have made some incredible strides together.  Yes, we have.  But the thing that we all ought to remember is that as much as good as we have done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Al Gore: We need an American ‘Arab spring’  —  Ever since CNBC's Rick Santelli inspired the Tea Party movement's creation in early 2009, the left has been looking for a similar spark on their own side.  The earliest liberal alternative, the so-called Coffee Party, was a flop.
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Air Force Suspends Christian-Themed Ethics Training Program Over Bible Passages  —  The Air Force has suspended a course that was taught by chaplains for more than 20 years because the material included Bible passages.  —  The course, called “Christian Just War Theory” …
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Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Debt crisis in Europe: Worries grow of spread to larger economies of Italy, Spain
Discussion: Associated Press
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Louis Magazzu, Democrat New Jersey freeholder, resigns after nude photos, sexts surface
Airlines to Reap $1.3 Billion Fare ‘Windfall’ Amid FAA Limbo
Discussion: ThinkProgress and AMERICAblog News
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Food Stamp Use Surges By Most In Years As Alabama Foodstamp Recipients Double In May
A.Killough / CNN:
Top Pawlenty adviser leaves campaign
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Media Matters Puts Tax-Exempt Status in Jeopardy
Discussion: Big Journalism
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Iraq's troop decision encouraging, U.S. says
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