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9:25 AM ET, August 11, 2011

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A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: 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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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Sarah Palin headed to Iowa  —  Sarah Palin is making a surprise trip to Iowa this weekend, just in time to catch the political spotlight trained on the Ames straw poll.  —  In an email to supporters Wednesday, Palin said she's accepted an invitation “to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week.”
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney prediction: Obama won't win Iowa in 2012
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Taxes key to Mitt Romney's '04 pitch to Standard & Poor's  —  Gov. Mitt Romney lobbied the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's in 2004 to raise his state's credit rating in part because Massachusetts had raised taxes during an economic downturn two years earlier.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Romney's Pitch to S&P Boasted of Revenue Raisers  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney boasted this week that when he led Massachusetts, he presided over an increase in the state's bond rating, a contrast to President Barack Obama, who saw Standard & Poor's downgrade U.S. debt.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
He Speaks  —  Video highlight: Perry says he has decided he wants to be president.  —  Video highlight: Perry on 43's advice to him. Transcript of Mark Halperin's Interview with Rick Perry  —  Halperin: Tell me what being a Texan means to you.  —  Perry: (Laughs.)
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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A.Killough / CNN:
New CNN Poll: Perry near top of pack in GOP nomination battle  —  Washington (CNN) - As Rick Perry moves closer and closer to a run for the White House, a new national survey indicates that the longtime Texas governor is close to the top of the pack in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Susan Davis / NationalJournal.com:
Boehner, McConnell Name Super Committee Members
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Simpson blasts Baucus, Murray
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
23 Polls Say People Support Higher Taxes to Reduce the Deficit  —  Can/Should the Budget Deficit Be Reduced with Spending Cuts Alone or Should There Be Some Increase in Taxes?  —  Poll  —  Date  —  Some/All Taxes  —  No Taxes/All Spending  —  Gallup  —  8-10  —  66  —  33  —  CNN
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James K. Galbraith / The New Republic:
Stop Panicking About Our Long-Term Deficit Problem. We Don't Have One.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Want New Debt Supercommittee to Compromise
Max Hastings / Daily Mail:
Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters  —  A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.
Guardian:
UK riots: Cameron statement and Commons debate - live  —  • David Cameron rejects calls to halt police budget cuts  —  • PM promises review of instant messaging services  —  • English cities were quiet overnight as calm descended  —  • Vigil in Birmingham for three killed in alleged hit-and-run
Discussion: Europe, msnbc.com and Boing Boing
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Telegraph:
Secret peace talks between US and Taliban collapse over leaks  —  Secret exploratory peace talks between the United States and the Taliban leadership have broken down after details of the negotiations were leaked, Western diplomats have told The Daily Telegraph.
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
VIDEO: Colbert launches first super PAC ad  —  Comedian Stephen Colbert's super PAC released its first ad, “Episode IV: A New Hope” paid for by Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.  —  The video takes aim at the money being spend to promote candiates before the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Ballot Box
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 …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Financial Turmoil Evokes Comparison to 2008 Crisis  —  It feels eerily familiar: Stocks are plummeting.  The economy is slowing.  Politicians are scrambling to find solutions but are mired in disagreement.  —  Many Americans are wondering whether they are in for a repeat of the financial crisis of 2008.
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: Clusterstock and Pajamas Media
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Wisc.  Results Suggest Recall of Governor Would Be Close  —  Close doesn't count in elections — just ask Al Gore or Norm Coleman.  —  It appeared as late as midnight on Tuesday that Democrats had a chance to win the three seats necessary to give them control of Wisconsin's State Senate in an unusual and expensive recall election.
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
Sorry, Guys, There Are No More Kings  —  The romance is gone.  But don't worry.  It's not him; it's you.  —  It turns out we are the ones who failed Him.  We weren't prepared for a mega-dosage of awesomeness.  We were too dimwitted to grasp the decency of central planning.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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” …
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
These riots reflect a society run on greed and looting  —  David Cameron has to maintain that the unrest has no cause except criminality - or he and his friends might be held responsible  —  It is essential for those in power in Britain that the riots now sweeping the country can have no cause beyond feral wickedness.
Garth Stapley / modbee.com:
Cardoza doesn't deny reports he may retire  —  Dennis Cardoza, who has represented the Northern San Joaquin Valley in Congress for more than eight years, is not denying reports he may retire rather than seek re-election next year.  —  His 18th Congressional District is expected to splinter Monday …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Capitol Alert
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 …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Bruce Schneier's Telepathic Takeover of the TSA  —  Bruce Schneier is a telepath of unimaginable power.  That's the only possible explanation for the stunning reversal at the top of the Transportation Security Administration.  —  For years, Schneier, the well-known security gadfly …
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll: Spreading gloom about government; most dissatisfied with political system  —  In the aftermath of the tumultuous debate over raising the debt ceiling, Americans give Washington a strong vote of no confidence, with barely a quarter saying the federal government can fix the nation's economic problems …
Discussion: The Page and The Raw Story
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Doubling Down on Zero  —  A rare Fed dissent from three regional presidents.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
It's the Economy, Dummkopf!
Discussion: Europe
New York Times:
Half-Measures From the Fed  —  It came as no surprise on Tuesday …
Joe Burns / KTVZ-TV:
Bend Soldier Back Home Amid Foreclosure Furor
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Colorado
James Orr / Telegraph:
Birmingham riots: three men killed ‘protecting homes’
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Jawa Report
 Earlier Items: 
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Stocks End Sharply Lower Amid Fears About Europe
Discussion: HBR.org and Gawker
The Atlantic Online:
‘The Help’: Softening Segregation for a Feel-Good Flick
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Matt Miller  —  Why the center-left is fed up with Obama
Discussion: Hullabaloo