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2:15 PM ET, August 9, 2011

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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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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’
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.
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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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
While the Markets Swoon ...  It's hard not to feel a certain contempt for Standard & Poor's in the wake of its downgrade of American debt.  Its sole job as a credit-rating agency is to gauge the creditworthiness of bonds, yet like its competitors, Moody's and Fitch, it has consistently fallen short.
Washington Post:
How S&P downgraded the government — and itself
Discussion: New York Times and Money & Company
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Wisconsin recall vacuum
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Inside the Wisconsin Recall's Massive Get-Out-the-Vote Machine
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Cantor pushes intransigence, hopes to prove S&P right
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain: Jon Kyl ‘my nominee’ for ‘supercommittee’
Discussion: The Politico
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” …
Yochi J. Dreazen / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Cancels Schedule to Meet Returned Bodies of Fallen Soldiers  —  President Obama will travel to Dover Air Force base later on Tuesday to honor the 22 Navy SEALs and eight other American troops killed in Afghanistan on Saturday when an insurgent shot down their helicopter …
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Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Obama to pay respects to copter crash victims
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Top Pentagon leaders headed to Dover
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
The bullets yet to be fired to stop the crisis  —  Four years into the financial crisis, it is becoming increasingly clear that the biggest deficit is not in credit, but credibility.  Markets can adjust to a downgrade of global growth, but they cannot cope with a spiralling loss of confidence …
Aman Batheja / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Burgess meets with unhappy Tea Party group  —  KELLER — Hours after the Dow Jones industrial average closed down more than 600 points Monday, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, heard from local conservatives who were unhappy that he supported legislation that many believed led to the calamitous day on Wall Street.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Mr. Cool turns cold  —  In her autobiography, Helen Gahagan Douglas recalled telling President Franklin D. Roosevelt about her visits to the camps of migrant workers.  She was especially poignant about the children and their lack of Christmas toys when the president tried to stop her.
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.
Daily Mail:
Forced to strip naked in the street: Shocking scenes as rioters steal clothes and rifle through bags as people make their way home  —  This is the shocking moment a young man is apparently forced to hand over all of his clothes after appearing to be stripped naked during lawless riots overnight.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Maggie's Farm
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Paul Ryan launches effort to defend budget, GOP presidential field in Iowa  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a foray Tuesday into the GOP presidential race by asking for donations to launch ads in Iowa defending his 2012 budget.  —  Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee …
Discussion: James Pethokoukis and Hot Air
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic, is the author of “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.”  He was formerly a Washington correspondent and a Middle East correspondent for the New Yorker.  —  Chris Christie Says Jersey's Safe From Shariah: Jeffrey Goldberg
Discussion: Hit & Run and Ben Smith's Blog
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Tim Pawlenty's Extremely Weak Grasp Of Monetary Policy And International Finance  —  When American Bridge sent a tracker to record this talk from Tim Pawlenty, I'm sure they were hoping he'd commit gaffes with a bit more political potency than the ones on display here.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
 
 
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Democrats Challenging Administration on Medicaid
Discussion: ThinkProgress and SCOTUSblog
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Polarized Electorate Suggests Obama Win in 2012: Ramesh Ponnuru
Discussion: Eunomia
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's penchant for speeches now sounding hollower by the word
Discussion: Don Surber
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley, archbishop at odds over same-sex marriage, letters show
Erik Wasson / Ballot Box:
Liberals outline stimulus agenda in ‘Contract for the American Dream’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama unveils first efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. McCain won't apologize for ‘Tea Party hobbits’ comment
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Charlie Rangel to Obama: Bring Congress back
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Krauthammer blasts Obama as ‘weak, plaintive and small’
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Pitchfork:
Sony/PIAS Warehouse Burnt Down in UK Riots
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Bachmann's political touch turns doubter into fan
Discussion: The Caucus, The Note and Power Line
Reuters:
Court allows torture lawsuit against Rumsfeld
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
The contenders and dark horses to land on debt ‘supercommittee’
Discussion: Sky Dancing