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Afternoon Fix: Obama doubles down on economic agenda; Shumlin wins Dem nod for Vermont governor

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* In a press conference this morning, President Obama named Austan Goolsbee to head the Council of Economic Advisors and pressed the GOP on opposing his economic agenda. He also admitted failure on his goal of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison and praised former President Bush's perspective on Islam.

* State Sen. Peter Shumlin has defeated former Lt. Gov. Doug Racine by 203 votes in the Vermont Democratic governor's primary, after a recount was completed Friday. Shumlin faces current Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie (R) in the general election.

* The National Republican Congressional Committee has bought time in 11 House districts, including those held by Reps. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), Tom Perriello (D-Va.), Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) and Ben Chandler (D-Ky.).

* Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's (D) gubernatorial campaign is up with a full-minute ad detailing his effort to break up a domestic dispute outside the Wisconsin State Fair last year. Barrett suffered serious injuries after being hit with a tire iron.

* Former Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), who retired from Congress in 2008 after a DUI arrest and revelations that he fathered a child with his mistress, endorsed Michael Allegretti in the primary to face freshman Rep. Michael McMahon (D-N.Y.).


* Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) funny look at the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys' supposed "rivalry."

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will be in New Hampshire on Saturday for the Seacoast Republican Women's 'Chili Fest' fundraiser.

* AP speculates that Democrats could lose eight of 27 seats in New York this November, even as state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) looks like a shoo-in for governor. After Tuesday's primaries, does the Empire State emerge as "the big one" for Republicans?

* Could a potential Rahm-for-mayor run be a hazard for the White House? Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said last night that the race would "become a national campaign" if Emanuel runs.

* The U.S. Virgin Islands holds its primary Saturday, with Gov. John P. DeJongh (D) facing three opponents and Del. Donna Christensen (D) unopposed.


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By Aaron Blake  | September 10, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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