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Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* The Senate votes overwhelmingly to move the Chinese currency­­­ bill forward, 79 to 19, setting the stage for a possible confrontation with the House GOP, which won’t allow the bill to the floor despite broad bipartisan support. A summary of the bill.

* The House GOP leadership also rules out a vote on Obama’s whole jobs bill.

* And wouldn’t you know it, but amid all this gridlock and failure to act on the economy, even as Congress has succeeded in cutting spending, a new CBS poll finds that a historically high 64 percent say government has a negative impact on most people’s lives, a trend that will likely benefit Republicans.

* And CBS also finds that nearly seven in 10 don’t think Obama’s made much progress on fixing the economy. Some 64 percent support Obama’s call for raising taxes on millionaires, but Republicans are blocking that, too, and it remains to be seen if this will even matter politically in the end.

* All of which reminds me of Steve Benen’s post over the weekend about how the GOP strategy of pursuing obstruction and gridlock (as alleged by a former GOP aide) is benefitting Republicans by successfully turning Americans against government in general.

* Kevin Drum says it’s not the media’s fault: The left needs to do a better job mounting sustained protests that successfully command the nation’s attention.

* Suzy Khimm on how Occupy Wall Street could succeed.

* Great point from Roll Call:

The Obama administration has all but officially recognized gay partnerships as the legal equivalent of marriage, gradually redefining the concept through a series of changes to regulations governing benefits for federal employees.

* The Obama administration threatens a veto of the House GOP measures to weaken the EPA in the name of job creation, insisting that if the GOP is serious about jobs, it will agree to pass the American Jobs Act instead.

* Tea Partyers and Republicans are overwhelmingly confident that they'll defeat Obama next year, and a majority of Americans overall agrees.

* Guess who says he would have funded Solyndra, too, and maintains the program should continue? A former Bush administration official.

* And Evan McMorris-Santoro on what may be the first TV ad featuring an openly gay candidate — with his kid.

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