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8:05 PM ET, August 10, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Rhonda Bodfield / Arizona Daily Star:
Tucsonans give McCain earful
Discussion: KOLD-TV and ThinkProgress
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans play hardball. Dems play softball.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Walker recall expected to proceed  —  MADISON, Wis. — Democrats are forging ahead with efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next year, one day after losing four of six recall elections to oust GOP state senators.  —  The Tuesday night losses left Democrats a single seat short …
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Washington Examiner:
Unions lose big in Wisconsin
JSOnline:
Republicans take 4 of 6 in recall elections, hold Senate
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall fight ends where it began: With a Big Lie
Discussion: The Mahablog and Daily Kos
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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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
FLASHBACK: In 1990 Campaign Ad, McConnell Said ‘I Think Everyone Should Pay Their Fair Share, Including The Rich’  —  Today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) named three Republicans to the fiscal super committee that was created by the debt ceiling deal.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Simpson blasts Baucus, Murray
A.Killough / CNN:
BREAKING: Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa  —  (CNN) - After a more than two-month hiatus, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to crash the presidential party once again with a heartland-themed re-launch of her “One Nation” bus tour this week in Iowa, according to a Palin fundraising email obtained by CNN.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Romney prediction: Obama won't win Iowa in 2012
Discussion: The Politico
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ron Paul busing 30 family members in to Iowa
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.
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Two Crises And The Triumph Of Magical Thinking
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Film on Bin Laden Raid Sparks GOP Call for Pentagon Probe  —  Some Republicans on Capitol Hill are grumbling that a new movie being made on the May raid that killed Osama bin Laden smacks of politics. … Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), chairman of Homeland Security Committee …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Mediaite
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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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Obama Told Me The Affordable Care Act Eliminates Medicare  —  Demonstrating yet again her ability to fabricate information on a whim, presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly Monday that President Obama personally told her that “Obamacare” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Judge fines ACORN but wanted prison  —  A judge on Wednesday fined the defunct grass-roots community organizing group ACORN $5,000 for its illegal voter-registration program in Nevada — but said he wishes he could have put someone in prison, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Francis McCabe / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Judge fines ACORN $5,000 for voter registration scheme
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Gaffney: Chris Christie May Be Guilty Of “Misprision Of Treason”  —  After New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vocally rejected claims that by appointing Muslim lawyer Sohail Mohammed to be a judge he was abetting the rise of Sharia law, calling talk of creeping Sharia “crazy,” …
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Colorado  —  Barack Obama isn't terribly popular in Colorado.  But he has healthy leads over all of his potential Republican opponents there anyway and this is looking like one of the states he flipped in 2008 that's most likely to remain in his column for 2012.
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 …
James Orr / Telegraph:
Birmingham riots: three men killed ‘protecting homes’  —  A murder investigation has been launched after three people were killed “doing the job of the police” during widespread rioting.  —  Keen amateur boxer Haroon Jahan, 21, and two brothers were hit by a speeding car in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning,
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Jawa Report
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 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.
Charlie Butts / OneNewsNow.com:
Coulter — ‘queen of fabulous’ for gay conservatives  —  A pro-homosexual faction within the Republican Party is touting the appointment of an outspoken conservative writer to its panel of advisors.  —  Columnist Ann Coulter  —  GOProud says conservative columnist Ann Coulter will carry the title of …
Discussion: Holy Bullies …
Ruth Padawer / New York Times:
The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy  —  As Jenny lay on the obstetrician's examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen.  She didn't want to see the two shadows floating inside her.  Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them …
Derek Kravitz / Associated Press:
Gov't considers turning foreclosures into rentals … WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may turn thousands of government-owned foreclosures into rental properties to help boost falling home prices.  —  The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday it is seeking input from investors …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Suspend U.N. Funding Now!
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
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