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11:00 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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Poll: GOP more unpopular than during Clinton impeachment  —  Voters are more unhappy with the Republican Party now than they were when the Republican-led House voted to impeach then-President Clinton, according to a new CNN poll released Tuesday.  —  Fifty-nine percent of voters polled …
The Note:
On the Defense Over the Debt Deal, McConnell Says He's ‘Very Close’ to Super Committee Picks
Discussion: The Hill
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Meet Your Catfood Commission, Senate Dem Edition: Murray, Kerry, Baucus
Discussion: TalkLeft
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Reading the Wisconsin Recall Vote  —  Wisconsin residents on Tuesday voted on whether to recall six Republican state senators, whose backing of Gov. Scott Walker in the dispute over collective bargaining rights this year made them targets for Democratic-aligned groups.
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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
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall elections: Results live blog  —  Protesters yell from a balcony near the the Wisconsin State Assembly Chambers as the assembly meets in the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin March 10, 2011. … 10:13 P.M. The AP, along with local networks, has called …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Wisconsin recall vacuum
David Catanese / The Politico:
Strong voter turnout in Wisconsin
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 …
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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.
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.
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Paul Krugman:
The Fed States the Obvious
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and MarketBeat
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
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.
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Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:   Flash mob attacks: Rising concern over black teen involvement
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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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:   S&P Director: GOP's Balanced Budget Amendment Would Hurt America's Creditworthiness
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Swing State Deficit Polling  —  We decided to look at public opinion on the debt deal in two swing states that could hold the key to Barack Obama's reelection, Colorado and North Carolina.  Here's what we found:  —Voters across party lines in both states think the deal will be bad for the economy.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-Low 21% Say Most in Congress Deserve Re-Election
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Michelle Obama Takes Secret Vacation to Oregon  —  First Lady Michelle Obama Slipped out of Washington unnoticed Monday for a secret trip to visit her brother, Oregon State University men's basketball coach Craig Robinson, at his home on Corvallis, Ore.  —  Mrs. Obama reportedly jetted …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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.
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Huckabee to perform with Pawlenty, Cain at Ames Straw Poll  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and businessman Herman Cain (R) have landed a big-name performer for their Ames Straw Poll tents: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).  —  Huckabee, whose political action committee HuckPAC …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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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
Brendan O'Neill / Spiked:
London's burning: a mob made by the welfare state  —  Many commentators are on a mission to contextualise the riots that have swept parts of urban London and other British cities.  'It's very naive to look at these riots without the context', says one journalist, who says the reason …
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New York Times:
Cameron Deploys 10,000 More Officers to Riots
NPR:
U.S. Credit Downgrade Leaves ‘Horrible Impact’ … Steve Inskeep talks to former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming about the S&P downgrade of U.S. credit.  Simpson has been saying that he hopes the S&P downgrade will cause lawmakers to take deficit deliberations more seriously.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
National Review: Obama Secretly Supports Violent London Rioters
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
What's Going On and What to Do About if You're Barack or Ben
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
John Derbyshire Wants To ‘Let Britain Burn’
Discussion: National Review
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gallup: Obama loses three points overnight, economic confidence plunges to 2-year low
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / Slate:
I Am A Hunter. I'm Going Hunting.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Medicare Regulation Causes Shortages of Cancer Drugs
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Kansas to return $31M healthcare grant
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
The bullets yet to be fired to stop the crisis