LAST TICKET: Public divided over who to blame for looming shutdown; Pawlenty staffer arrested in Iowa

Holly Bailey

Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

• Voters remain divided over who to blame for a government shutdown. (Washington Wire)

• A Tim Pawlenty staffer was arrested for public intoxication and trying to bust into a family's house in Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

• John Boehner's poll ratings have plummeted. (PPP)

• Is Stephen Harper ripping off Tim Pawlenty's campaign ads? (FrumForum)

• Fellow Dem wonders if Debbie Wasserman Schultz can handle the "strain" of the DNC job. (Miami Herald)

• Former Dallas mayor has more than $2 million in the bank for GOP Senate run in Texas. (Dave Catanese)

• "Palin" replaces "Barack" as the hot new baby name. (Today Show)

• CNN will host a 2012 GOP debate in Nevada in October. (Political Ticker)

• Karl Rove doesn't think Michele Bachmann can win in 2012. (GOP 12)

• Here's a photo of Julianne Moore dressed up like Hillary Clinton. (PopEater)