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5:40 PM ET, August 9, 2011

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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
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.
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The Note:
On the Defense Over the Debt Deal, McConnell Says He's ‘Very Close’ to Super Committee Picks
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Dems up, GOP down
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Cantor pushes intransigence, hopes to prove S&P right
New York Times:
As Rioting Widens, Cameron Deploys 10,000 More Police  —  By ALAN COWELL, RAVI SOMAIYA and JOHN F. BURNS  —  LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Tuesday to flood the streets of London with 10,000 extra police officers and said 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.
New York Post:
Fanning the flames  —  An hour late and many trillions …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Obama's job approval  —  President Obama's job approval rating is 50% or higher in 16 states and D.C. Roll over each state to see how each rated Obama.  The darker the shade of the state, the higher his overall approval rating.  —  Source: Gallup  —  WASHINGTON — Another “wave” …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney, Hoekstra up in Michigan  —  Mitt Romney continues to be the favored Presidential candidate of Republican voters in Michigan, although maybe not to the extent you would expect given his long standing family ties to the state.  He's at 24%, followed by Michele Bachmann at 18% …
Discussion: GOP 12, TPMDC and Gawker
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-Low 21% Say Most in Congress Deserve Re-Election
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.
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.
Abe Sauer / The Atlantic Online:
The Day of Reckoning in Wisconsin Recall Fight  —  Outside groups, finger-pointing and acrimony have nearly eclipsed the original reason six state senators face voters today  —  Wisconsin is tired of standing.  —  First the state was told to “Stand with Walker.”  —  Ever since then, it's been “Stand with Rob Cowles.”
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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
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
The bullets yet to be fired to stop the crisis  —  Four years into the financial crisis, it is becoming increasingly clear that the biggest deficit is not in credit, but credibility.  Markets can adjust to a downgrade of global growth, but they cannot cope with a spiralling loss of confidence …
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Francesco Guerrera / Wall Street Journal:
Why This Crisis Differs From the 2008 Version
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
U.S. hits Israel on settlements  —  The State Department said Tuesday that the U.S. is “deeply concerned” by Israel's authorization of housing construction in the disputed area of East Jerusalem.  —  In a statement, the department said the U.S. has raised the issue with Israel and noted such …
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
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Associated Press:
US scolds Israel over new construction plans
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The most powerful man on Earth?  —  A familiar air of indecision preceded President Obama's pep talk to the nation.  —  The first draft of his schedule for Monday contained no plans to comment on the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor's.
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.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Mr. Cool turns cold  —  In her autobiography, Helen Gahagan Douglas recalled telling President Franklin D. Roosevelt about her visits to the camps of migrant workers.  She was especially poignant about the children and their lack of Christmas toys when the president tried to stop her.
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.
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 …
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
London riots: Theresa May rejects calls for water cannon  —  Theresa May this morning rejected growing pressure to deploy water cannon against London's rioters, insisting that “the way we police is by consent.”  —  The Home Secretary appeared to rule out sending water cannon or the Army onto …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
While the Markets Swoon ...  It's hard not to feel a certain contempt for Standard & Poor's in the wake of its downgrade of American debt.  Its sole job as a credit-rating agency is to gauge the creditworthiness of bonds, yet like its competitors, Moody's and Fitch, it has consistently fallen short.
 
 
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WisPolitics Election Blog:
Clerks: Turnout steady to near presidential levels
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and First Draft
David Weigel / Slate:
I Am A Hunter. I'm Going Hunting.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Medicare Regulation Causes Shortages of Cancer Drugs
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Briefing Skipper: Debt, Syria, Yemen, Israel, Mexico, Georgia
Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Kansas to return $31M healthcare grant
Discussion: The Politico
Joe Garofoli / SFGate:
Rick Santorum:Obama's health care “will rob America of its soul”
A.Killough / CNN:
Obama attends dignified transfer of service members from downed copter
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Nebraska AG Jon Bruning Compares Welfare Recipients To Scavenging Raccoons
Discussion: Wonkette and ThinkProgress
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Polarized Electorate Suggests Obama Win in 2012: Ramesh Ponnuru
Discussion: Eunomia
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Paul Ryan launches effort to defend budget, GOP presidential field in Iowa
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12, James Pethokoukis and Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's penchant for speeches now sounding hollower by the word
Discussion: Don Surber
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Tim Pawlenty's Extremely Weak Grasp Of Monetary Policy And International Finance
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama unveils first efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks
Yochi J. Dreazen / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Cancels Schedule to Meet Returned Bodies of Fallen Soldiers
Daily Mail:
Forced to strip naked in the street: Shocking scenes as rioters steal clothes and rifle through bags …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Pajamas Media
 

 
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