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6:05 PM ET, August 10, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Rhonda Bodfield / Arizona Daily Star:
Tucsonans give McCain earful
Discussion: KOLD-TV and ThinkProgress
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans play hardball. Dems play softball.
JSOnline:
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
David Catanese / The Politico:
Walker recall expected to proceed
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Perry's contrast
Discussion: Wonkette
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman: 'It's criminal that you've got some corporations not paying taxes'
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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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 …
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Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ron Paul busing 30 family members in to Iowa
Discussion: CNN, The Note, The Hill and GOP 12
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Perry will be in Iowa next week to challenge Obama
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
A Test for Obama's View of a One-Term Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — It was a year and a half ago when President Obama told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.  —  Now, coming off one of his worst weeks …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Running against the GOP  —  The Democratic National Committee, in a memo out shortly, points to the unpopularity of the Congressional GOP:  —  Today's Republican Party becoming less popular than during impeachment is no small feat.  After all, impeachment was a year-long circus that divided the country …
 
 
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James Orr / Telegraph:
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
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Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
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Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Stocks End Sharply Lower Amid Fears About Europe
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Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
NYPD forms new social media unit to mine Facebook and Twitter for mayhem
The Atlantic Online:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
Moody's Analytics Warns Student Loans May Be The Next Financial Bubble To Burst
Discussion: Truthdig
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Suspend U.N. Funding Now!
Discussion: Swampland and National Review
Linda B. Blackford / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Noah's Ark theme park to get deep discount on property taxes
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Most Americans believe U.S. on wrong track: poll
WDRB 41 Louisville:
SEN. LUGAR: The economy is moving forward
David Hogberg / Investor's Business Daily:
Pop Quiz: Why Are Tuitions So High?
Discussion: Hit & Run
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
How to make the best of the long malaise
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Paul Krugman