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9:40 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
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Poll: GOP more unpopular than during Clinton impeachment
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
WisPolitics Election Blog:
Clerks: Turnout steady to near presidential levels  —  Various clerks in the recall districts reported steady turnout so far with some projecting numbers that will rival a presidential election.  —  In the 10th SD in western Wisconsin, River Falls City Clerk Lu Ann Hecht said today's numbers …
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Swing State Deficit Polling
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama's 2008 Hope Morphs Into 2012 Slash-and-Burn
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 …
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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New York Post:
Fanning the flames  —  An hour late and many trillions …
Discussion: National Review
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
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Rick Perry to make Iowa speech on Sunday
Guardian:
Lockdown in London, while trouble flares in Nottingham and Manchester  —  A firebomb was launched at a Nottingham police station, while shops were ablaze in Manchester  —  A police station in Nottingham was firebombed late on Tuesday by a group of up to 40 men, police said …
Discussion: Daily Mail, Europe and Sky Dancing
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New York Times:
Cameron Deploys 10,000 More Officers to Riots
Nina Power / Guardian:
There is a context to the riots that can't be ignored
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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