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Morning Links: American Moods Improving, Tea Party Losing Ground; Study Says Neanderthals Had Feelings, Too


• According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 31 percent of Americans now think the economy is improving — a big improvement since fall of 2008. Dissatisfaction with the government has eased slightly, and stats show that Democrats may be regaining some support. Meanwhile, the Tea Party is losing ground: 18 percent of voters, from 30 percent in July, say they’d be likely to support such a candidate, while opposition remains at 28 percent, and 63 percent of people don’t think Tea Party candidates can change the culture in Washington. [ABC]

• Twitter gets a new CEO. [WSJ]

• Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad faces a mandatory life term at his sentencing today in Manhattan federal court. [NBC NY]

• Queens brothers are getting a $300,000 settlement after being set up on drug charges by NYPD narcotics officers. [NYDN]

• Friday night and early Sunday gay men were attacked in separate incidents in Chelsea and the West Village, respectively, in what investigators are looking into as possible hate crimes. The West Village attack was perpetrated by two Staten Island men at landmark gay rights bar the Stonewall. [NYDN]

• Lower East Siders: Have you been awoken by the “Suffolk Street Screamer”? [Bowery Boogie]

• Despite what you might have heard, Neanderthals were really quite compassionate. So, there’s that. [Telegraph]

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