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5:40 AM ET, August 11, 2010

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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?
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CORDOBA HOUSE ‘COMPROMISE’ HAS SOME SERIOUS FLAWS. …
Discussion: TPMDC, RedState and The Plum Line
Javier C. Hernandez / City Room:
Paterson Would Offer New Site for Mosque Away From Ground Zero
Discussion: Salon and The Last Tradition
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Ellison: ‘Gibbs Crossed The Line’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Progressive Democrats fired back at Robert Gibbs on Tuesday, following the White House press secretary's sharp critique of what he called a “professional left” that is perpetually unsatisfied by President Obama.
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The Huffington Post:
Robert Gibbs Clarifies “Professional Left” …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Welcome Their Hatred
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
As Liberals Lose Hope, the White House is Losing Its Cool
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 …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sen. Bennet survives primary  —  Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) proved Tuesday he's capable of winning a tough race against a determined challenger.  —  The appointed senator defeated former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic primary, capturing a majority of the vote and outpacing his challenger by 8 percent.
KTUU-TV:
Stevens killed in crash near Dillingham  —  Also on KTUU.COM  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Dave Dittman, a former aide and longtime family friend of former Sen. Ted Stevens says Stevens was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham Monday night.  Nine people were on board, including former NASA Chief Sean O'Keefe.
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Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Former Senator Ted Stevens Is Killed in a Plane Crash
KTUU-TV:
Plane crashes north of Dillingham; 8 on board
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Ted Stevens, 86; longtime GOP senator showered funds on Alaska
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Weigel
theCHIVE:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
McMahon wins GOP Senate nomination  —  Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon defeated former Rep. Rob Simmons and businessman Peter Schiff to win Connecticut's Republican Senate primary Tuesday.  —  She will face state Attorney Richard Blumenthal (D) in November.
Discussion: The Politico and BAGnewsNotes
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Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:   McMahon wins CT-SEN primary
Heather Robinson / The Huffington Post:
I Was an Eyewitness to Flight Attendant Steven Slater's Rant on Jet Blue #1052  —  And I gotta say, the guy made my day.  —  The funny thing is, I was seated on this flight yesterday - JetBlue #1052, Pittsburgh to JFK - next to a lady who was scared to fly.
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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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months.  Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment …
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Saying Recovery Has Slowed, Fed to Buy U.S. Debt
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
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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Was Rangel Doing?  —  Charlie Rangel is getting the headlines he wanted, but he's not getting the news he arguably deserves: at the end of his bewildering, passionate, and attention-grabbing 37-minute speech, Rangel admitted guilt — not so much that he deliberately broke ethics rules …
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Charlie Rangel's Epic Rant: “If I Was You I May Want Me To Go Away Too”
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Economist's View
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.
Matiullah Mati / CNN:
Pregnant widow accused of adultery executed by Taliban  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — The Taliban has executed a pregnant widow accused of adultery in western Afghanistan, provincial and district officials said Monday.  —  The 47-year-old woman, Sanam Gul, also known as Sanam Bibi …
Discussion: Israpundit and THEROOT.COM
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
US-backed fighters in Iraq defect to al-Qaida  —  American allies the Sons of Iraq being offered more money by al-Qaida to switch sides  —  Al-Qaida is attempting to make a comeback in Iraq by enticing scores of former Sunni allies to rejoin the terrorist group by paying them more than the monthly salary …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican Rob Portman leads Senate race in Ohio  —  (Reuters) - Ohio Republican Rob Portman holds a narrow lead over Democrat Lee Fisher in a Senate race marked by voter worries about a stumbling economy and high unemployment, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Eye and Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Sarah Horn / Denver Post:
Race remains close between Maes, McInnis
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: “I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
Associated Press:
Bloomberg's ratings drop below 50 percent: poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CBS4Denver:
Primary Election Sees Huge Increase In Voters
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
When Asked How GOP Will Save Teacher Jobs, Pence Responds, ‘I Love Teachers!’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
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