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8:50 AM ET, August 10, 2011

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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 …
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JSOnline:
Republicans take 4 of 6 in recall elections, hold Senate  —  Both sides see victories in hard-fought contests  —  By Tom Tolan and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Democrats won two state Senate seats in Tuesday's historic recall elections, but failed to capture a third seat …
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.
JSOnline:
Walker signs legislation to redraw district boundaries  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - As elections took place Tuesday in six state Senate districts, Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation to redraw their boundaries along with the rest of legislative districts.
Tom Curry / msnbc.com:
Democrats fall short in Wisconsin recall elections  —  In massive battle of money and organizing, GOP state senators prevail in four of the six districts targeted by Democrats  —  Below:  —  updated 2011-08-10T05:50:05  —  Democrats failed late Tuesday in their effort to gain control …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Strong voter turnout in Wisconsin
Discussion: JSOnline, Politics and Washington Post
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Recall Turnout: How High Can It Go?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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:
New CNN Poll: Majority want tax increase for wealthy and deep spending cuts  —  Washington (CNN) - Most Americans want a special congressional committee tasked with drafting a long-term solution to the nation's mounting federal deficits to include tax hikes for the wealthy and businesses …
Discussion: Gallup and The Politico
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.
Kyle Leighton / TPMDC:
CNN Poll: Grand Old Party Downgrade
The Note:
On the Defense Over the Debt Deal, McConnell Says He's ‘Very Close’ to Super Committee Picks
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Jeb Bush Jr / H2012:
Jon Huntsman for President  —  In 2008, Florida and the presidency went to Barack Obama because he offered hope.  To defeat the President in 2012, we need a candidate who will offer solutions.  That man is Jon Huntsman.  —  Today at 11:15 a.m. at Scotty's Landing in Miami …
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
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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Yahoo! News:
Police calm London, but riots flare across UK  —  LONDON (AP) — Thousands of extra police officers flooded into London Wednesday in a bid to end Britain's worst rioting in a generation.  An eerie calm prevailed in the capital, but unrest spread across England on a fourth night of violence driven …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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The Politico:
For Tim Pawlenty, it's Ames or bust  —  He's spent a seven-figure sum and the bulk of his time on the campaign trail courting the Iowa grassroots.  Operatives call his expansive Iowa organization the best in the state.  —  As the only mainstream Republican candidate actively competing …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Rick Perry that Texans know  —  The biggest guessing game in Republican politics today is what kind of presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be.  Is he a heavyweight ready to contend seriously for the nomination, or someone who stumbles when he steps onto the big stage?
Robert Reich:
Why the President Doesn't Present a Bold Plan to Create Jobs and Jumpstart the Economy  —  Americans are deeply confused about why the economy is so bad - and their President isn't telling them.  In fact, the White House apparently has decided to join with Republicans and blame it on the long-term budget deficit.
Discussion: Economist's View
JSOnline:
Dem spokesman accuses GOP of dirty tricks in Waukesha vote count  —  By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel  —  A state Democratic Party spokesman accused a Republican official Tuesday night of tampering with votes in the tight 8th Senate District recall race.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
National Review: Obama Secretly Supports Violent London Rioters  —  Violent riots have swept London all week.  The Washington Post reports that last night, “Rampant looting and raging fires engulfed swaths of London on Monday as the wave of civil unrest that has gripped this sprawling capital escalated sharply.”
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 …
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
How to make the best of the long malaise  —  The only good thing about the continuing barrage of bad economic news is that it could have been worse: all three rating agencies could have downgraded the US, stock markets could have fallen further and the US could have defaulted on its debt.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Iowa tea party founder endorses Michele Bachmann for president  —  The founder and chairman of the Iowa tea party, Ryan Rhodes, has endorsed tea party sympathizer Michele Bachmann for president.  —  Although the tea party is an amorphous movement without a national leader …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Looking Like Dems Come Up Short  —  As of just after 12:30 on the east coast it's looking like Sen. Alberta Darling (R) is pulling out a win in Wisconsin's 8th senate district.  If so, that means that state Democrats picked up two recall victories but fell short of the three needed to take control of the senate.
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Honor Fallen SEALs by Questioning Their Mission  —  Joshua Foust tweets that his PBS piece “Lessons from this weekend's Afghan helicopter crash” has been called “enemy propaganda” by some critics.  That charge fundamentally misunderstands patriotism.  He's not divulging troop locations or battle plans …
 
 
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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
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Jillian Rayfield / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Bachmann camp speaks on controversial Newsweek cover
NPR:
U.S. Credit Downgrade Leaves ‘Horrible Impact’
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Michelle Obama Takes Secret Vacation to Oregon
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
S&P's Chambers: Balanced budget amendment would do more harm than good
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
John Derbyshire Wants To ‘Let Britain Burn’
Discussion: National Review
David Weigel / Slate:
I Am A Hunter. I'm Going Hunting.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker