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Must Read Op-Eds For August 11, 2011

08/11/11 10:13AM

THE SMARTPHONE RIOTS?  BY ANNE APPLEBAUMWASHINGTON POSTThe rioters themselves do not wave signs... They have not sought publicity for their views, if they have any... And thus have they become the inkblot in a kind of national Rorschach test: Everyone sees in them the political issue they care about most, whether it’s welfare dependency, budget cuts, the decline of public education or — my personal favorite — the rise of a vulgar and amoral public culture. And yet it is their lack of politics that most clearly defines them. read more

Top Talker: Debt Super- Committee Picks Unveiled

08/11/11 09:00AM

The so-called debt super-committee, charged with cutting more than a trillion dollars from the deficit by the end of next year, now has almost all of its members in place.  House Speaker John Boehner, unveiled his choices, including Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who will be the bipartisan panel's co-chairman, along with fellow Michigan Congressmen Dave Camp and Fred Upton.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell named Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey and Ohio's Rob Portman. All six Republicans have signed anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist's pledge against tax hik read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 11th

08/11/11 05:44AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Financial turmoil feels like 2008, but is it?Poll: Most say US on wrong trackCandidates brace for Iowa fight nightDow Jones Industrial Average closes down 520 points, ninth worst point-loss everSoul searching lies ahead as British riots coolSuper committee lineup gives hopeTaxes key to Mitt Romney's '04 pitch to Standard & Poor'sSupport for Assad government shows signs of weakening read more

Tina Brown defends Bachmann cover, says pic wasn't from lighting test

08/10/11 10:01AM

And now it's time for Tina Brown's take on the Michele Bachmann cover controversy.Newsweek has been catching a lot of heat for the photograph of Bachmann, which was shot in Washington by Chris Buck, and the cover headline calling her "The Queen of Rage."Here's what Brown told us just a little while ago:Some people look this picture and think Michele Bachmann looks crazy. Some people look at it and think it's the next president of the United States. The fact that these two things are no longer mutually exclusive is what, I think, makes it pretty compelling. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 10, 2011

08/10/11 09:16AM

WE NEED A JOBS BILL, MR. PRESIDENT  BY KATRINA VANDEN HEUVELWASHINGTON POSTObama used to say on the campaign trail that we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome. He was right. Isn’t it high time he take his own words to heart? We don’t need the president to start talking about jobs again. We need him to start doing something about jobs — something that will capture the attention of the American people and the media, something that will change the debate in a city that has lost its way... read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, August 10th

08/10/11 05:58AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The Dow soared 429 points yesterdayThe Dems fell short in Wisconsin recallAsian stocks rally as wellHarry Reid makes his super committee picksNorth Korea and South Korea exchange fire along sea bordersAmid riots, UK police launch triple-murder probe read more

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