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3:40 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  —  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
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
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, a Big Recall Push Comes Up Short
David Catanese / The Politico:
Walker recall expected to proceed
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 …
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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman: 'It's criminal that you've got some corporations not paying taxes'
Discussion: ThinkProgress and GOP 12
The Hill:
Boehner, McConnell announce picks for deficit ‘supercommittee’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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: Washington Wire and The Caucus
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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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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney takes aim at 2012 Iowa caucuses  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) suggested Wednesday that he'll be spending more time in Iowa this fall, and that he's gunning for a good finish in the state's caucuses next year.  —  Romney, speaking at an economic roundtable in Pella …
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
U.S. Says Strike Killed Taliban Who Downed Copter  —  WASHINGTON — An American airstrike has killed the Taliban fighters believed responsible for shooting down a Chinook helicopter, killing 38 people including 30 American military personnel, the senior commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Yahoo! News:
U.S. kills Taliban who shot down helicopter
Discussion: The Long War Journal
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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 …
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 …
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
How to make the best of the long malaise  —  The only good thing about the continuing barrage of bad economic news is that it could have been worse: all three rating agencies could have downgraded the US, stock markets could have fallen further and the US could have defaulted on its debt.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Paul Krugman
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Quentin Peel / Financial Times:
Merkel faces revolt over eurozone deal
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Lexington Green / Chicago Boyz:
This is What Democracy Looks Like  —  GOP Retains WI Senate.
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Linda B. Blackford / Lexington Herald-Leader:
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
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