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10:45 AM ET, August 9, 2011

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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  —  Those condemning the events in north London and elsewhere would do well to take a step back and consider the bigger picture  —  Since the coalition came to power just over a year ago, the country has seen multiple student protests …
Telegraph:
London riots: BBC criticised for branding thugs as ‘protesters’  —  The BBC was criticised for its political correctness last night after continually referring to the yobs rioting across London as “protesters”.  —  Two days after a peaceful protest over the death of suspected gangster Mark Duggan …
Penny Red:
Panic on the streets of London.  —  I'm huddled in the front room with some shell-shocked friends, watching my city burn.  The BBC is interchanging footage of blazing cars and running street battles in Hackney, of police horses lining up in Lewisham, of roiling infernos that were once shops and houses in Croydon and in Peckham.
Discussion: Global Voices and First Draft
Tim Shipman / Daily Mail:
Left-wing cynics blame the Tory cuts for orgy of violence: MPs and activists line up to make excuses for thugs
Reuters:   British riots spread on third night of violence
Mary Riddell / Telegraph:
London riots: the underclass lashes out
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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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” …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Back on Stump, Romney Faults Obama on Downgrade
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com, CNN and The Caucus
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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Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Inside the Wisconsin Recall's Massive Get-Out-the-Vote Machine
Discussion: Mother Jones
Joshua Spivak / The Recall Elections Blog:
What to expect when you're expecting recalls: A guide to state legislative recalls
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.
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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama says he inherited economic problems  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday he inherited many of the country's problems with high debt and deficits when he entered the White House, sounding a theme likely to dominate his 2012 re-election campaign.
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.
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Michael Moore to Obama: ‘Show some guts,’ arrest S&P head  —  Liberal firebrand Michael Moore called on President Obama to respond to the U.S. credit downgrade by arresting the leaders of the credit-ratings agencies.  —  On his Twitter feed Monday, the Oscar-winning film director also blamed …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Cantor To House GOP: Resist ‘Pressure To Compromise On Tax Increases’ In Wake Of Downgrade
Mark Duell / Daily Mail:
Who ‘made $10bn on 10/1 bet that U.S. credit rating would be downgraded’?  —  A mystery investor or hedge fund reportedly made a bet of almost $1billion at odds of 10/1 last month that the U.S. would lose its AAA credit rating.  —  Now questions are being asked of whether the trader …
Washington Post:
How S&P downgraded the government — and itself  —  Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the United States has drawn a lot of criticism.  The White House called its performance, which included a miscalculation of about $2 trillion, “amateur hour.”  Rep. Barney Frank was even less sparing.
Discussion: New York Times
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The debt ‘super committee’: Who will serve on it?
Discussion: The Page
The Nation:
Ben Adler  —  It is clear from Standard & Poor's statement downgrading …
The Politico:
Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday  —  Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina Saturday to make clear that he's running for president, POLITICO has learned.  —  According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt …
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
The National Organization for Women defends Bachmann against Newsweek  —  One of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's major political opponents is defending her against what it says is blatant sexism on the part of Newsweek magazine.  —  Monday, the National Organization for Women …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Bachmann's political touch turns doubter into fan
Discussion: Power Line
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Conquering the Storm  —  In the coming days we'll sort through the repercussions of S&P's downgrade of our credit rating, including concerns about the impact a potential interest rate increase would have on our ability to service our suffocating $14.5 trillion debt.
Joseph E. Gagnon / PIIE Experts in the News:
Stop Sticking Our Heads in the Sand!  A Plan for Action on Jobs  —  Despite the claim that last week's jobs numbers were “better than expected,” they were in fact an abysmal indictment of US economic policy over the past two years.  The unemployment rate has remained near or above 9 percent …
Reuters:
Court allows torture lawsuit against Rumsfeld  —  (Reuters) - Two American men can go ahead with a civil lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, an appeals court said Monday, over allegations they were tortured in Iraq at the hands of the U.S. military.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Law Blog
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
The contenders and dark horses to land on debt ‘supercommittee’  —  Speculation about who will be selected to serve on the debt “supercommittee” is rampant on Capitol Hill, K Street and Wall Street.  —  The four congressional leaders of the House and Senate have until Aug. 16 to make their appointments.
 
 
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New York Times:
Tumult in Global Markets Continues
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Bloomberg:
Fed May Strengthen Stimulus Pledge on Recession Concern
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama to Announce Fuel Standards for Big Vehicles
Discussion: The Page
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Judge Foust plans to appoint special prosecutor in Wisconsin Supreme Court dispute
Julie Bolcer / Advocate:
THE CUOMO EVOLUTION  —  New York governor Andrew Cuomo talks …
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