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4:00 PM ET, August 27, 2010

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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Miller says he is concerned Murkowski will ‘pull an Al Franken’  —  Joe Miller, the Republican candidate who is poised to knock off Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in a primary contest, said Thursday he is concerned she will launch a protracted legal battle to save her seat.
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
More than 20,000 ballots left untallied  —  CONSIDERING OPTIONS: There's a chance Murkowski could run as a Libertarian if Miller beats her.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  The Alaska Division of Elections said Thursday that it has more than 20,000 absentee and questioned ballots left to process from Tuesday's primary election.
Discussion: Swing State Project and Weigel
Dan / Riehl World View:
Palin Goes Rogue: Who's The Rube, Now, Murkowski?
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Miller: NRSC should be on ‘sidelines’
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie fires N.J. schools chief Bret Schundler  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie fired state education commissioner Bret Schundler this morning after Schundler refused to resign in the wake of the controversy over the state's loss of up to $400 million in federal school funding, two officials briefed on the situation said.
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Lisa Fleisher / New Jersey Online:
Schundler requested firing instead of resignation so he can collect unemployment  —  TRENTON — Ousted state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler today said he asked Gov. Chris Christie to be fired from the work he considered his “life's dream,” rather than resign, so he could receive unemployment benefits to pay his bills.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Schundler Asked to be Fired
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
This Is Not a Recovery  —  What will Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, say in his big speech Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyo.?  Will he hint at new steps to boost the economy?  Stay tuned.  —  But we can safely predict what he and other officials will say about where we are right now …
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Wall Street Journal:
GDP Growth Revised Downward
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Voters wish for other choices  —  Angle's backers indicate preference for another Republican  —  Nevadans would like a do-over.  —  Two-thirds of voters who say they back Sharron Angle wish another Republican had won the nomination, according to a poll …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle twice refuses to disavow claim that there are “domestic enemies” in Congress  —  In an interview with a conservative talk show host yesterday, Sharron Angle was given two clear chances to disavow the claim that there are “domestic enemies” within Congress, an assertion she previously expressed unequivocal agreement with.
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Mississippi Middle School Segregates Student Government Officers …
Discussion: WCBI-TV and The Smoking Gun
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Muslims Give Obama Highest Job Approval; Mormons, Lowest  —  Jews and those with no religious affiliation also give Obama above-average ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Muslim Americans continue to give President Barack Obama the highest job approval rating of any major religious group in the U.S. …
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Charles M. Blow / By the Numbers:
Obama and the Jews, Part 2
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The last refuge of a liberal  —  Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed.  Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people.  But the people have proved so disappointing.  Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat.
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
La Russa, Pujols will appear at Washington rally  —  WASHINGTON  • Cardinals first baseman and three-time NL Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols will be among several honorees at a highly publicized and potentially politically charged Saturday morning rally expected to draw more than 20,000 to The Mall.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Conservative Group Accused of Abusing Tax Status  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are charging that political commercials financed by an increasingly prominent conservative foundation with ties to the Tea Party violate the foundation's tax-exempt status by crossing the line into political campaigning.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
DCCC threatens to cut off funding
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Dem campaign chief blasts ‘conspiracy theories, rants’ on the right
Discussion: The Note
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber  —  The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing.
CNN:
Crist stumbles on health care question  —  Charlie Crist misspoke when answering a health care question, his campaign says.  —  (CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday he “misspoke” when he told a television interviewer that he would have voted for President Obama's health care reform package.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Page
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Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Senate Democrats go negative early (and often)
Cheri Jacobus / Pundits Blog:   The Obama, Meek, Crist tortuous love triangle
NY Daily News:
Nicole John, daughter of US ambassador to Thailand Eric John, dies after falling at high-rise party  —  Nicole John (far left) fell 25 floors to her death Friday morning at the Herald Towers in midtown Manhattan.  John is the daughter of U.S. ambassador to Thailand, Eric John (below).
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
The Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy  —  The annual meeting at Jackson Hole always provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the economic and financial developments of the preceding year, and recently we have had a great deal on which to reflect.  A year ago, in my remarks to this conference …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Parent Model  —  During the first half of this year, German and American political leaders engaged in an epic debate.  American leaders argued that the economic crisis was so bad, governments should borrow billions to stimulate growth.  German leaders argued that a little short-term stimulus …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
GOP plans wave of White House probes  —  If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Polling on the Spill  —  The oil spill in the Gulf may be mostly out of the headlines now but Louisiana voters aren't getting any less mad at Barack Obama about his handling of it.  Only 32% give Obama good marks for his actions in the aftermath of the spill, while 61% disapprove.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
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Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Roger Ebert, Hypocrisy, and “the Big Lie”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Won't the Fed Inflate?  —  Kevin Drum has a roundup …
Discussion: EconLog
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Jihad Watch: Hotter than Hot Air
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Official: “We Know He Needs to Be Out There to Talk …
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Opponents of same-sex marriage target Iowa judges
John / Power Line:
Who's Stupid?  —  Lately there has been a rash of news stories …
Discussion: Fox News and Wonkette