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2:15 PM 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 …
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Georgia Elections News:
Handel concedes GOP nomination for governor to Deal  —  Yesterday, Karen Handel called Nathan Deal a “corrupt relic of Washington.”  Today, however, Handel said she is endorsing him as the GOP nominee for governor.  —  In a statement just released from the Handel campaign …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Incumbent Backed by Obama Wins Colorado Primary
First Read /
First thoughts: Tea Party wins again
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 …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Jeffrey Goldberg Probes Israel's Iran Strike Option: Is Netanyahu a “Bomber Boy”?
Matt Duss / Think Progress:   Bush mockingly referred to Kristol and Krauthammer as ‘the bomber boys.’
Rasmussen Reports:
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll  —  The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president.  Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Florida Senate  —  Florida Senate: Rubio (R) 38%, Crist (I) 33%, Meek (D) 21%  —  The race for the U.S. Senate in Florida continues to be all about Governor Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, regardless of which Democrat they face.
Rasmussen Reports:
57% of Likely Voters Describe Democratic Congressional Agenda As Extreme
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN: Reid courts Hispanics  —  GOP blocking immigration reform, senator tells Latinos  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday slammed Republicans for blocking comprehensive immigration reform and told Hispanics they shouldn't be treated differently because “their skin's a tone darker” …
Barbara Liston / Reuters:
Florida (Reuters) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sen. Harry Reid doubles down on Hispanic comment
Discussion: TPMDC and NRSC
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: “I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun Times:
Former U.S. Representative Dan Rostenkowsi has died  —  Dan Rostenkowski was the most important congressman ever to represent Chicago, “Mr. Chairman” of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, confidante of presidents, pride of the Polish community and bringer of millions upon millions …
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily, The Hill and Lynn Sweet
Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Dan Rostenkowski, congressman sent to prison, dies  —  CHICAGO - Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, the Chicago Democrat who became the leading architect of congressional tax policy in the Reagan era but later went to federal prison for corruption, died Wednesday, a family friend said.  He was 82.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
NYT On The So-Called Ground Zero Mosque.  —  The New York Times has a new piece up on Faisal Rauf and Daisy Khan, the couple behind the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero that has brought rank Islamophobia into the Republican mainstream:
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
The Government Confiscates Your Money to Build Mosques  —  Interesting news in a Washington Times editorial this morning.  It is all worth reading, including the first part, which deals with the strong evidence that, in funding Imam Feisal Rauf's sojourn to the Arabian Peninsula …
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Organizers of Muslim Center Underestimated Its Opponents
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Depressed Democratic Turnout Portends Rotten November  —  I guess Michael Bennet won his primary in Colorado yesterday, but his winning total of votes came in under both GOP contenders.  The Connecticut Governor's primary featured just 20% Democratic turnout.
The Huffington Post:
Michael Bennet Got Fewer Votes Than GOP Loser, Kaine Not Happy With Gibbs' Comments
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Fhardingj / CNN:
Americans split evenly on gay marriage  —  (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans think the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.  —  Forty-nine percent of respondents think gay and lesbian couples have the constitutional right …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Fhardingj / CNN:
Overwhelming majority oppose mosque near Ground Zero
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Politics
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 …
Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich  —  For more than a century, a point on the top of a hill in south-east London has been recognised as the centre of world time and the official starting point of each new day.  —  But now the supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged …
Mike Morris / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Crowd waiting for housing vouchers gets rowdy  —  A crowd of people hoping to get federal housing assistance became unruly Wednesday morning with reports of fights breaking out in the crowd.  —  Thousands of people were lined up at the Tri-Cities Plaza shopping center …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate will reconvene to pass border security  —  The Senate will convene briefly on Thursday for a short session to pass a border-security measure.  —  A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate would go back to work to unanimously pass a $600 million border security bill …
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Kerry: McMahon ‘roid rage attacks’ need to be stopped  —  Connecticut Senate nominee Linda McMahon's “GOP/WWE roid rage attacks” need to be stopped, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Wednesday.  —  Kerry took a shot at McMahon's past as CEO of the wrestling outfit a day after she won …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elite Isolation  —  It seems to me that this chart is the key to understanding today's political economy:  —  Virtually every single member of congress, every senator, every Capitol Hill staffer, every White House advisor, every Fed governor, and every major political reporter is a college graduate.
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.
Carmen M. Reinhart /
Debt and growth revisited  —  With the advanced economies at a critical juncture, some economists are urging more fiscal stimulus while others argue that raising debt levels will stunt growth.  This column presents the Reinhart-Rogoff findings on the relationship between debt and growth based …
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
2nd Quarter G.D.P. May Be Revised Even Lower  —  Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, via Haver Analytics  —  Thanks to more complete data coming in, it now looks like like second quarter output growth was only half as fast as initially estimated.  —  The government's preliminary estimate …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
More “Leadership” Can Be Counterproductive  —  Politico reports on the growing discontent with Barack Obama in Spanish-language media: … As readers will recall, I'm generally skeptical of claims that lack of presidential action is the cause of legislative non-outcomes.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Politico
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
NC: PHB exclusive video of NOM's Brian Brown at Raleigh rally - plus I am mistaken for a fundie (!)  —  My high-quality vid is still uploading, but I have this lower-res version for those excited to see the flopsweat on Brian Brown's brow ASAP.  So the background first — I did this on my lunch hour …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Why the GOP really wants to alter the 14th Amendment  —  As Lindsey Graham and his fellow Republicans explain it, their sudden turn against conferring citizenship on anyone born in the United States was prompted by the mortal threat of “anchor babies” — the children of foreigners who scurry …
Paul Wiseman / USA Today:
Feds rethink policies that encourage home ownership  —  Just how much should Uncle Sam do to help Americans buy their own homes?  —  For 70 years — and for the last 15 in particular — the answer has been: Whatever it takes.  —  Now, policymakers are pausing to reconsider.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Riehl World View
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The case for the Bush card
‘Barak wanted to avenge border incident, attack Lebanon’
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Anti-Stimulus Crusader Mark Sanford Quietly Accepts Funds He Pledged To Reject
Discussion: New York Times, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
The Making of Andrew Cuomo
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Omar Khadr travesty
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Burger leaves SEIU; Hansen to lead Change to Win
Discussion: The Fix
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Low Approval of Congress Not Budging, Now 19%
Colin McDonald / Politics Daily:
Long-Term Options Popular on Sirius XM Radio
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: ‘I know how to politick pretty good’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Larry O'Connor /
Hugh Hewitt Lacerates Lib Talkers
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN UNLIKELY LAME-DUCK CRITIC.... Republican activism in opposition …
Discussion: The Fix, NRSC and The Hill