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9:55 AM ET, August 11, 2010


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John F. Harris / The Politico:
Primary night yields good news for President Obama and Democrats  —  The headline victory of the primaries belonged to Sen. Michael Bennet, who gallops to a surprisingly wide nine-point victory over challenger Andrew Romanoff.  AP  —  President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party …
Jennifer Brown / Denver Post:
Bennet wins; Buck leads  —  Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has conceded to Sen. Michael Bennet in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, an hour after polls closed tonight.  —  Supporters at Bennet's watch party at Mile High Station were giddy and shouting as election returns showed …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Colorado Race Could Reassure Obama and Democrats  —  DENVER — The predictions of doom for incumbents and establishment candidates this campaign season are proving to be more complex in the real world.  On Tuesday, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, a Democrat who had hitched his star …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Kaine to headline Colo. unity event
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sen. Bennet survives primary
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Point of No Return  —  For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate— it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president's dream of ending nuclear proliferation.  But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire …
Discussion: Think Progress
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Jeffrey Goldberg Probes Israel's Iran Strike Option: Is Netanyahu a “Bomber Boy”?
Discussion: Swampland and Guardian
Scott / Power Line:
Dirty Work  —  In the words of the old Steely Dan song: “Times are hard, you're afraid to pay the fee/So you find yourself someone to do the job for free.”  It's a song with a lover's lament for its refrain: “I'm a fool to do your dirty work.”  (The video below shows Phoebe Snow with the band at New York's Beacon Theater in 2007.)
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Ellison: ‘Gibbs Crossed The Line’
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Gibbs: People who are upset with Obama don't live in real America …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet the Prankster Brothers Behind “Jenny,” the Whiteboard-Using, Farmville-Exposing, HPOA Girl  —  Yesterday, everyone on the Internet loved Steve Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job by cursing out his passengers and bolting out of his plane using the emergency slide.
Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)  —  We received the following photos last night from a person who works with this girl.  Her name is Jenny (not confirmed) - we're working our contact for Jenny's last name.  Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ground Zero mosque spokesman to Gutfeld: Your gay bar won't build dialogue because it doesn't consider our sensibilities  —  He's got a point.  Construction projects that fail to consider local cultural sensitivities aren't very conducive to dialogue, are they?
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
American Center for Law and Justice Calls on State Department …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Harry Reid: How could Hispanics be in the Republican Party?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke to Hispanic supporters in Las Vegas Tuesday.  AP  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid questioned on Tuesday how Hispanics could be Republicans.  —  Speaking with Hispanic supporters Tuesday …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: “I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”  —  While campaigning in Nevada Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told an audience of mostly Hispanic voters: “I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay.  Do I need to say more?”
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Those With Jobs, a Recession With Some Benefits  —  One of the distinctive features of the Great Recession has been the enormous number of people who have been out of work for months on end.  Almost 45 percent of today's unemployed workers have been without a job for at least 27 weeks.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mark Dayton wins in Minnesota by 1,500 votes  —  Mark Dayton celebrates after the Associated Press calls the Democratic gubernatorial primary race for him.  AP  —  Mark Dayton narrowly won Minnesota's Democratic primary for governor, barely escaping political death and taking a large step toward a remarkable political comeback.
Discussion: The Page
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Dayton sweats out a tight primary victory
Discussion: The Blotter, MyDD and Hotline On Call
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Does The 2012 GOP Convention Logo Include A Minaret?  —  The RNC's 2012 convention logo features the Tampa Bay skyline and one of the buildings apparently represented in the logo is what was formerly the Old Tampa Bay Hotel, a prominent feature of the Florida city's skyline.
Oreo / DemConWatch:   Will Teabaggers be offended by the minaret in the 2012 RNC logo?
NY Daily News:
JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater emerges from jail, basks in new status as celebrity  —  Fired-up flight attendant Steven Slater was walking on air as he emerged from jail Tuesday night as a folk hero.  —  “I knew there was a brouhaha about this, but while I was on the inside …
Discussion: Althouse and The Awl
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
The 3 Things You Need to Know About Liberals' Favorite Religion  —  1. Islam has not been hijacked.  —  2. Striving to institute worldwide sharia law is a religious duty.  —  3. Muslims are allowed to deceive non-Muslims if it helps Islam.  —  They forgot the last one:
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Jawa Report
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Confirmed: GE CEO Immelt Scolded NBC Journalists For Reporting Negatively on Obama  —  This is criminal...  FOX Business Channel's Charles Gasparino told Bill O'Reilly tonight that GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt gathered the CNBC reporters together in early 2009 and scolded them for reporting negatively on Barack Obama.
John / Power Line:
Spin Control  —  Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation is evidently polling badly, so the administration decided to spin her visit by slipping the “inside story” of the vacation to a friendly journalist: … The hotel where Obama stayed in Marbella told the press that the Obamas reserved 60 rooms …
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Study Looks at Tax Cut Lapse for Rich  —  WASHINGTON — As debate heats up over President Obama's proposal to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy but to extend them for everyone else, a nonpartisan Congressional analysis circulated on Capitol Hill on Tuesday provides a look at the impact …
Gmathis / Georgia Elections News:
Deal stops short of declaring victory  —  Republican Nathan Deal stopped short of proclaiming victory over Karen Handel late Tuesday night in the GOP gubernatorial runoff.  —  The former congressman said he was “encouraged by the numbers.”  —  With 99 percent of the vote in, he had a lead of less than 2,500 votes.
Daily Mail:
BBC bosses lose top-ups  —  The BBC's most senior executives are to lose their pension top-ups, director general Mark Thompson has announced.  —  The move will see Mr Thompson lose £163,000 from his total £838,000 pay package - a drop of almost 20 per cent.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Dick Armey / USA Today:
Opposing view on retirement income: Let's upend Social Security  —  The nation's largest entitlement program is officially in the red.  This year, Social Security has paid out more than it receives in payroll taxes.  The Congressional Budget Office predicts that by 2039 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Cut deficit without cutting services?  Start here  —  Whenever a conservative suggests reducing the federal deficit by cutting spending rather than raising taxes, there's always someone to ask: Well, what would you cut?  Americans may say they want less government spending, the argument goes …
Discussion: The TrogloPundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rand denies ‘Aqua Buddha’ stunt  —  Speaking to Fox News's Neil Cavuto just now, Rand Paul flatly denied the GQ report that he'd abducted a teammate and tried to force her to smoke marijuana and worship strange gods in a Baylor University prank.  —  “I will categorically deny …
Discussion: CNN, Salon and Balloon Juice
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
‘Tea party’ groups plan Arizona rally against illegal immigration  —  “Tea party” groups are planning a large rally on Sunday in Arizona, near the Mexican border, to support both the state's hard-line stance on illegal immigration and the political campaign of the local talk show host who is challenging Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Discussion: 24Ahead
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Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
Fingerprinting program now includes all border counties
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Julia Whitty / Mother Jones:
The BP Cover-Up  —  Read also: The rest of this special report …
Discussion: The New Republic and Boing Boing
Adam Clymer / New York Times:
Ted Stevens, Longtime Alaska Senator, Dies at 86
Discussion: The Politico
Spain's electric car sales off target
Matiullah Mati / CNN:
Pregnant widow accused of adultery executed by Taliban
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
US-backed Iraqis defect to al-Qaida
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
McMahon wins GOP Senate nomination
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and BAGnewsNotes
Associated Press:
Bloomberg's ratings drop below 50 percent: poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Russian Fires Raise Fears of Radioactivity
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Was Rangel Doing?  —  Charlie Rangel is getting the headlines …
Discussion: The Other McCain
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican Rob Portman leads Senate race in Ohio
Discussion: The Eye and Taegan Goddard's …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since …