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7:45 PM ET, August 9, 2011

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The Politico:
Harry Reid super committee picks in place  —  In the first of what will be a closely watched selection process for a powerful new deficit panel, Democratic sources say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus (Mont.) and John Kerry …
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A.Killough / CNN:
CNN Poll: Time to clean house in Congress?  —  Washington (CNN) - Need more evidence that Americans are extremely angry at Congress?  —  Well, here you go: According to a new national survey, for the first time ever most Americans don't believe their own member of Congress deserves re-election.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Dems up, GOP down  —  The debt ceiling debate hurt Americans' view of Republicans, bolstered their opinion of Democrats, and drove the tea party's favorable ratings to a new low, a poll on Tuesday found.  —  Just 33 percent of Americans approve of the Republican Party …
The Note:
On the Defense Over the Debt Deal, McConnell Says He's ‘Very Close’ to Super Committee Picks
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Meet Your Catfood Commission, Senate Dem Edition: Murray, Kerry, Baucus
The Politico:
Obama plan: Destroy Romney  —  Barack Obama's aides and advisers are preparing to center the president's re-election campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney's character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama's 2008 Hope Morphs Into 2012 Slash-and-Burn
New York Times:
Cameron Deploys 10,000 More Police During Riots  —  By ALAN COWELL, RAVI SOMAIYA and JOHN F. BURNS  —  LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Tuesday to flood the streets of London with 10,000 extra police officers, and said that Parliament would be recalled in emergency session …
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Nina Power / Guardian:
There is a context to the riots that can't be ignored
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Impeach Obama, says Michael Burgess  —  Burgess, center, wants to impeach Barack Obama to stop him from ‘pushing his agenda.’  —  Impeaching President Barack Obama “needs to happen,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) told a local tea party group, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday.
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Aman Batheja / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Burgess meets with unhappy Tea Party group  —  KELLER — Hours after the Dow Jones industrial average closed down more than 600 points Monday, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, heard from local conservatives who were unhappy that he supported legislation that many believed led to the calamitous day on Wall Street.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:   S&P Director: GOP's Balanced Budget Amendment Would Hurt America's Creditworthiness
Dan Primack / Fortune:
About that plane over S&P  —  Who sent an aerial message to Wall Street?  —  Courtesy of NY Observer  —  Earlier today, a plane flew over S&P headquarters trailing a banner that read: … Fortune has learned that the person who paid to fly the banner is a Midwestern broker …
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Single Mother from St. Louis Flying Banner Over Lower Manhattan: 'Thanks For The Downgrade.  You Should All Be Fired.' (UPDATED)  —  YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED."  Pictures and more sightings are beginning to emerge.  Full image below:  —  The S&P offices are in the McGraw Hill building at 96 Water Street …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that economic growth so far this year has been considerably slower than the Committee had expected.  Indicators suggest a deterioration in overall labor market conditions in recent months, and the unemployment rate has moved up.
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
After Day of Tumult, Dow Closes Up 430 Points  —  Stocks rallied broadly on Wall Street on Tuesday, with most of the gains coming in late trading that followed a statement by the Federal Reserve saying it would hold short-term interest rates near zero through mid-2013.
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Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
The bullets yet to be fired to stop the crisis
Francesco Guerrera / Wall Street Journal:
Why This Crisis Differs From the 2008 Version
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Wisconsin recall vacuum  —  Wisconsin Republicans are in real danger of losing control of the state Senate in tonight's recall elections, as it looks more and more possible that they will lose at least three of the six seats that are on the ballot.  —  The losses would be cast by Democrats …
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Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Perry's South Carolina Announcement Is A Slap In the Face to Iowa Republicans
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Recall Turnout: How High Can It Go?  —  So far, so good in the Wisconsin state Senate recalls, which as of midday have, according to reports, been proceeding smoothly.  —  TPM SLIDESHOW: Mad In Madison: Wisconsin Workers Protest Against Governor's Budget Proposals
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WisPolitics Election Blog:
Clerks: Turnout steady to near presidential levels
Discussion: First Draft
Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama Smart?  —  A case study in stupid is as stupid does.  —  The aircraft was large, modern and considered among the world's safest.  But that night it was flying straight into a huge thunderstorm.  Turbulence was extreme, and airspeed indicators may not have been functioning properly.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
S&P's Chambers: Balanced budget amendment would do more harm than good  —  (Scott Eells - BLOOMBERG) House and Senate Republicans have rallied around the notion of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as a solution to the country's dire fiscal straits.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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Parker Leavitt / Arizona Republic:
McCain faces angry crowd at Gilbert town-hall meeting  —  U.S. Sen. John McCain's town-hall meeting Monday in Gilbert broke down into a shouting match at times as “tea-party” activists directed their anger and frustration toward the senator over issues ranging from his characterization of them as …
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. gay married couple loses immigration battle  —  Washington —  Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
John Derbyshire Wants To ‘Let Britain Burn’  —  It's been a while now since I've read a good old fashioned insane John Derbyshire post.  Fortunately, we've got this in today's National Review Online: … It's one thing if you want to call “deracinated moral universalism” a “sick” principle.
Discussion: National Review
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann's ‘Must-Read’ List Included A Book That Claims Blacks Were ‘Better Off In Nearly Every Way’ Under Slavery  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) has already made one slavery-related gaffe during her presidential campaign, signing a pledge produced by the Iowa FAMiLY LEADER …
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Philadelphia mayor talks tough to black teenagers after ‘flash mobs’  —  ** FILE ** In this March 20, 2010, photo, young people run down South Street during a flash mob incident that involved thousands and closed the street to traffic from Front Street to Broad in Philadelphia.
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
HAMP: Mortgage Modifications Slow To Trickle Under Obama Anti-Foreclosure Program … WASHINGTON — Fewer homeowners entered preliminary mortgage modifications under the Obama administration's signature foreclosure prevention initiative in June than in any month since April 2009, according to government data released Friday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Weigel / Slate:
I Am A Hunter.  I'm Going Hunting.  —  BOONE, Iowa — Here's one of the small cards being handed out to attendees of a packed Pawlenty town hall here.  It's another trinket in his quest to convince voters of the obvious truth that he's right on their issues, he's got no hideous problems with his record …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
A Downgrade Awakening  —  Amid the market wreckage, signs of a political turn.  —  During yesterday's market meltdown, an old friend shot us an email: “The Obama adm needs to stop trying to disarm the fire alarm and start trying to put the fire out.”  —  Good advice that …
 
 
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New York Post:
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
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Obama's penchant for speeches now sounding hollower by the word
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