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1:55 AM ET, August 10, 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.
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 …
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Meet Your Catfood Commission, Senate Dem Edition: Murray, Kerry, Baucus
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Note:
On the Defense Over the Debt Deal, McConnell Says He's ‘Very Close’ to Super Committee Picks
Discussion: The Hill
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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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 …
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.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Strong voter turnout in Wisconsin
Discussion: Politics and Washington Post
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
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Flash mob attacks: Rising concern over black teen involvement  —  From Milwaukee to Philadelphia to Chicago, officials are enforcing curfews and requiring chaperones for teens, after several flash mob attacks allegedly involving black youths.  —  Atlanta  —  State police are roaming …
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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 …
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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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Joshua Foust / Need to Know:
Lessons from this weekend's Afghan helicopter crash
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Perry's South Carolina Announcement Is A Slap In the Face to Iowa Republicans  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry's decision to announce his candidacy in South Carolina at the same time the Iowa Straw Poll is taking place in Ames is not only a slap in the face to Republican voters in Iowa …
Discussion: The Other McCain, Hot Air and GOP 12
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Huckabee to perform with Pawlenty, Cain at Ames Straw Poll
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
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
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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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
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