3) As observers in Wisconsin wait to see if Democratic-backed candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg will request a recount in the high stakes Supreme Court race, her GOP-aligned opponent is ramping up the pressure for her to forgo a recount. "My opponent ran a very effective campaign. But now that all 72 counties have completed their canvasses, the result of the election is not in doubt," said Justice David Prosser, who was declared the victor in the race by 7,316 votes last Friday. Jim Troupis, an attorney for Prosser's campaign, said of a possible recount, "We will take every and any step to prevent this frivolous matter going forward." Kloppenburg has until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to decide whether she will ask for a recount, and her campaign said she has not made a decision yet. 2) According to sources, Christie Vilsack, the wife of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the state's former first lady, is likely to challenge Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). She's reportedly mulling a move to Ames, which would put her in Iowa's newly drawn 4th District. 1) Standard & Poor's changed its outlook on U.S. Treasury securities from "stable" to "negative" on Monday, and both the administration and House Republicans tried to gain leverage from the change in outlook. The S&P report questioned whether the White House and Republicans would be able to agree on a plan to rein in deficits before the 2012 presidential election. Meanwhile, White House and Treasury officials questioned the report's conclusions but said it validated their efforts to broker a bipartisan deal on the debt. Many Republicans used the report to affirm their position that they would raise the debt ceiling only in exchange for addressing the deficit. -- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post
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