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Hotline Sort: Perry's Fighting Words

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. It's Election Day in Wisconsin, where the GOP hopes to pick off a seat in the final round of recalls. Meanwhile, Perry has some harsh words for Bernanke, Huntsman picks up a former TPaw aide, and Janice Hahn is on a collision course with a member of her own party. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

Ron Paul Doesn't Make the GOP 'Top Tier'; Iowa Voters Steal Money from Bachmann -- VIDEO

Jon Stewart doesn't understand why Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, isn't included in the Republican 'top tier', "You're not forgetting, I don't know anyone, say an ideologically consistent, 12-term congressman who came within less than 200 votes of winning the straw poll? Isn't anyone going to give that gentleman a little love?"

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:30, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., gets 80 percent of the votes she paid for.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

Expect Little Bitterness in Peosta, Iowa, During Obama's Visit

Expect more of President Obama's heightened criticism against Congress on Tuesday as he seeks to hold a district in Iowa that he won in 2008.

When the bus pulls into Peosta, Iowa, 12 miles west of Dubuque, the president will find himself in the eastern flank of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, once represented by Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, and which went for Obama over Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at a 58-41 clip in 2008. The same year, 65 percent of the vote went to Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, over his Republican challenger.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

Gallup: Record Low Approval Of Congress

Just 13 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing according to a new Gallup poll released early Tuesday, just the latest data point showing the American public's disgust with Washington at record levels in the wake of the contentious debate over raising the federal debt ceiling.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

Obama Sounds Like Bush on Bus Tour When Blaming Congress -- VIDEO

As President Obama tries to claw his way to a second term during dismal economic times, some observers are comparing him to President Truman, who faced, and overcame, a similar challenge. Obama's recent finger-pointing toward Congress also brings to mind another man-in-trouble from our political history: President George W. Bush.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

Compromise, or We Shoot the Pentagon

The debt-ceiling agreement reached by the Obama administration and Congress essentially released the hostage of America’s good faith and credit, only to replace it with the Defense Department. Now U.S. military leaders have gotten a good look at the faces of their captors, and the fact they recognize once reliable friends hasn’t altogether eased their fears.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

Holder Plans Meeting With 9/11 Family Members Over News Corp. Scandal

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said he will meet later this month with family members of victims of the September 11 attacks, in order to assure them he is “seriously” concerned about allegations that News Corporation reporters tried to hack the phones of their loved ones.

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:54am

Wu Resigning From Congress Tonight

The congressional career of Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., will officially end at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday night.

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:54am

Report: Perry Had Experimental Stem Cell Procedure

Texas Gov. Rick Perry—widely viewed as a 2012 presidential contender—had back surgery last month that included stem cell therapy, the Texas Tribune reported.

The procedure did not involve embryonic stem cells. Perry and other conservatives—including his predecessor in the Texas governor's office, former President George W. Bush—oppose the medicinal use of embryonic stem cells.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner called the procedure "successful."

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:54am

Wu's 2010 GOP Opponent to Run Again

As Democrats are still waiting on Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., to officially step down, Republicans got their first official candidate into the special election to replace the embattled congressman.

2010 nominee Rob Cornilles is set to announce his candidacy on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. ET at a press conference outside Bioject Medical Technologies, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:54am