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4:50 PM ET, August 10, 2011

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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 …
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Washington Examiner:
Unions lose big in Wisconsin  —  Members of Wisconsin's teachers' union protested their loss of a near-monopoly on insurance contracts.  Voters were less sympathetic than was widely believed.  (AP photo)  —  An energized Democratic base was supposed to turn out yesterday.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall fight ends where it began: With a Big Lie
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Mahablog
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Perry's contrast
Discussion: Wonkette
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, a Big Recall Push Comes Up Short
David Catanese / The Politico:
Walker recall expected to proceed
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 …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Want New Debt Supercommittee to Compromise  —  Only Tea Party supporters take hard-line stance  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Six in 10 Americans say members of the new bipartisan “supercommittee” mandated to find new ways of reducing the federal budget deficit should compromise …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans play hardball.  Dems play softball.  —  Reuters released a poll today finding that Republicans and the Tea Party are “bearing the brunt of public blame” for the debt ceiling mess, after a period during which GOPers and conservatives refused to entertain any revenue hikes as part of the compromise.
The Politico:
John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's super committee picks  —  The top Republican congressional leaders have appointed six members to the deficit reduction “super committee,” naming a half-dozen lawmakers with conservative policy credentials to make up the GOP half of the panel charged reducing …
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Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
McConnell, Boehner Make Deficit Committee Appointments
The Hill:
Boehner, McConnell announce picks for deficit ‘supercommittee’
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman: 'It's criminal that you've got some corporations not paying taxes'
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
King: Probe W.H. role in Osama movie  —  House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday demanded an investigation into a report that the White House is cooperating with a film on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.  —  In a letter to the Defense Department and the CIA …
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The House Committee on Homeland Security:
King Letter to DoD/CIA on bin Laden Mission Film
Discussion: The Caucus and National Review
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Film on Bin Laden Raid Sparks GOP Call for Pentagon Probe
Discussion: Mediaite
Thomas L. Friedman / Associated Press:
The Day Our Leaders Got Unstuck  —  This is a scary economic moment.  The response we need is not easy, but it is totally obvious.  We need a Grand Bargain between America's two parties — and we need it right now.  Until you read the following news article, we'll be stuck in a world of hurt.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Tea Party Made Up of ‘Freaked Out White Men’: Whitney  —  Tea Party members are primarily “freaked out white men” who pose the greatest political threat to Democrats in 2012, according to banking analyst Meredith Whitney.  —  Speaking in the broader context of a discussion on CNBC regarding …
Francis McCabe / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Judge fines ACORN $5,000 for voter registration scheme  —  A judge Wednesday slapped the defunct grass-roots community organizing group ACORN with a maximum $5,000 fine for its role in a voter registration compensation scheme in the 2008 election cycle.  —  District Judge Donald Mosley …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Judge fines ACORN but wanted prison
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Marriage Is Like Water, Not Beer  —  Rick Santorum turned more than a few eyebrows on Monday when he explained his opposition to same-sex marriage by holding up a napkin and observing that it was not a paper towel.  On Friday, during a meeting with the Des Moines Register …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann Repeatedly Sought Stimulus, EPA, Other Government Funds … WASHINGTON — Few candidates in the Republican presidential primary field have decried the federal government with as much gusto as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).  The three-term congresswoman has belittled the stimulus package …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ron Paul busing 30 family members in to Iowa  —  Ron Paul's son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, joined him in Iowa on Wednesday for several days of campaigning ahead of the Ames straw poll.  Now the rest of the family is also on the way.  —  About 30 members of the Paul clan — sons, daughters …
Discussion: The Note and The Hill
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Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Pay Television Faces ‘Toxic Mix’ as Subscribers Cancel in Record Numbers  —  The six largest publicly traded U.S. cable and satellite-TV providers combined to lose about 580,000 customers in the second quarter, the biggest such decline in history, according to company and Bloomberg data.
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 …
Washington Post:
Matt Miller  —  Why the center-left is fed up with Obama  —  Does the president sense what the moment requires?  It helps to think like Mitch McConnell.  Once you do, you'll see there's no way Republicans will partner with Obama to do anything that matters, because they have the president right …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Withholder in Chief  —  Even the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair is not enough to sweeten the mood.  —  Three years ago, Barack Obama's unlikely presidential dream was given wings by rapturous Iowans — young, old and in-between — who saw in the fresh-faced, silky-voiced black senator …
Jocelyn Fong / Media Matters for America:
A Fox News Science Lesson  —  Those who watched Fox News over the weekend were treated to a brief but ambitious science lesson on “Why CO2 Can't Cause Warming”:  —  Oh boy.  Let's take these one at a time.  —  During the segment Fox's global warming expert, Joe Bastardi …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Poll surprise: Weiner seat in play  —  New York Democrat David Weprin holds a surprisingly narrow lead over Republican Bob Turner in the Sept. 13 special election to replace former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll.
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Wall Street Journal:
A New Strategy for Economic Growth  —  Growth is not just about economics.  Growth unleashes human potential.  —  As the economy continues to struggle, we are reminded of a course offered at Yale University titled “Grand Strategy.”  Drawing on a weighty curriculum of history and philosophy …
Adam Winkler / The Atlantic Online:
The Secret History of Guns  —  The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns.  The Founding Fathers?  They required gun ownership—and regulated it.  And no group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Rhonda Bodfield / Arizona Daily Star:
Tucsonans give McCain earful  —  If U.S. Sen. John McCain's town hall on Tuesday had a theme, it's that Greater Tucson has been dipped in a big vat of angry.  —  And the heat isn't just the domain of the tea party any more, with progressives showing up in force, just as torqued as their conservative counterparts.
Discussion: KOLD-TV and ThinkProgress
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
NYPD forms new social media unit to mine Facebook and Twitter for mayhem  —  The NYPD has formed a new unit to track troublemakers who announce plans or brag about their crimes on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook.  —  Newly named Assistant Commissioner Kevin O'Connor, one of the department's online …
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
‘The Help’: Softening Segregation for a Feel-Good Flick
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
City Says Census Missed 50,000 People in Brooklyn and Queens
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
Moody's Analytics Warns Student Loans May Be The Next Financial Bubble To Burst
Discussion: Truthdig
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Running against the GOP  —  The Democratic National Committee …
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Suspend U.N. Funding Now!
Discussion: Swampland and National Review
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Some states and cities could face stress: Moody's
Discussion: The Politico and Politics
Linda B. Blackford / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Noah's Ark theme park to get deep discount on property taxes
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Most Americans believe U.S. on wrong track: poll
 Earlier Items: 
William H. Frist / CNN:
Why Americans should care about famine in Africa
Discussion: The Huffington Post
WDRB 41 Louisville:
SEN. LUGAR: The economy is moving forward
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
U.S. Says Strike Killed Taliban Who Downed Copter
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Hogberg / Investor's Business Daily:
Pop Quiz: Why Are Tuitions So High?
Discussion: Hit & Run
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The (Real) Rent Is Too Damn High
Discussion: Foseti and Eschaton
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
How to make the best of the long malaise
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Hullabaloo