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11:15 AM 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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Total recall; Update: Al Sharpton tries to cope; Update: GOP wins two three four, Dems win one two; Update: GOP holds senate  —  It's not quite literally total, but with six senate seats on the menu tonight, it's closer than any U.S. state's ever gotten.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Reading the Wisconsin Recall Vote  —  Wisconsin residents on Tuesday voted on whether to recall six Republican state senators, whose backing of Gov. Scott Walker in the dispute over collective bargaining rights this year made them targets for Democratic-aligned groups.
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Wisconsin GOP holds on to Senate  —  Wisconsin Republicans withstood a Democratic campaign to take control of the state Senate Tuesday, surviving in four of six recall elections that were sparked by Gov. Scott Walker's contentious push for public labor law reforms.
ABCNEWS:
Wisconsin Recall: GOP Retains Senate Control
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin GOP Holds On: Dems Take Two Seats In Senate Recalls, Not Magic Three
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 …
Discussion: Gallup, The Politico and ThinkProgress
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The Politico:
Harry Reid super-committee picks in place  —  In the first of what will be a closely watched selection process for a powerful new deficit panel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus (Mont.) and John Kerry (Mass.) …
Wall Street Journal:
Reid Names First Debt-Panel Picks
Discussion: Washington Wire
Susan Davis / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Murray, Baucus, Kerry on Super Committee
Molly Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner : No S&P downgrade if GOP budget had passed
Discussion: ThinkProgress and msnbc.com
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Meet Your Catfood Commission, Senate Dem Edition: Murray, Kerry, Baucus
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Note:
The Note: In Iowa, Romney Returns While Perry Pre-Empts  —  By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter)  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — To some residents of this crucial early caucus state, he's been the absentee front-runner, largely avoiding Iowa as he focuses his energies elsewhere.
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The Politico:
For Tim Pawlenty, it's Ames or bust
Discussion: Eunomia and The Other McCain
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pawlenty to headline town hall in SC
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
The Happy Warrior  —  This week's Newsweek magazine features the cover on the right, which has not too surprisingly stirred outrage from conservatives (see here and here for some reactions) saying that the liberal media are out to get Michele Bachmann.  Are they right?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Bachmann camp speaks on controversial Newsweek cover
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The (Real) Rent Is Too Damn High  —  “Incidentally, [Yglesias is] also demanding higher inflation while writing a book called, The Rent is Too Damn High.”  —  Ironic, innit?  But the issue here is that inflation raises the general economy-wide nominal price level.
Discussion: Foseti and Eschaton
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
No Plans for 2013, but an Actor Seems Focused on the Mayor's Office  —  Alec Baldwin is not running for mayor of New York — yet.  —  First, Mr. Baldwin, a 53-year-old actor and Long Island native, wants to finish his work on his television show, “30 Rock,” then go back to school and learn what the job is all about.
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 …
JSOnline:
Dem spokesman accuses GOP of dirty tricks in Waukesha vote count  —  By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel  —  A state Democratic Party spokesman accused a Republican official Tuesday night of tampering with votes in the tight 8th Senate District recall race.
Paul Krugman:
The Fed States the Obvious  —  OK, count me unimpressed by the Fed statement — although for some reason markets went wild.  —  The Fed didn't announce a new policy.  And despite what some press reports said, it didn't even commit to keeping rates low; all it did was say that if the economy stays weak …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since …
David Hogberg / Investor's Business Daily:
Pop Quiz: Why Are Tuitions So High?  —  College students and their families have struggled to pay for the rising cost of tuition, a cost that has been driven in part by swelling administrative expenses.  —  Over a 20-year period, the growth in administrative personnel at institutions …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Robert Reich:
Why the President Doesn't Present a Bold Plan to Create Jobs and Jumpstart the Economy  —  Americans are deeply confused about why the economy is so bad - and their President isn't telling them.  In fact, the White House apparently has decided to join with Republicans and blame it on the long-term budget deficit.
 
 
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