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10:55 AM ET, August 11, 2010


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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 …
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 …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Jeffrey Goldberg Probes Israel's Iran Strike Option: Is Netanyahu a “Bomber Boy”?  —  In an important article titled “The Point of No Return” to be published in The Atlantic tomorrow, national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg recounts something many people didn't realize at the time and still have a hard time believing.
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” …
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
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Reid: I don't know how any Hispanic voter could be a Republican
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times and AmSpecBlog
Washington Times:   Tax dollars to build mosques
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Why the GOP really wants to alter the 14th Amendment
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
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?
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.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What's the actual problem in the labor market?
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)
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
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
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: The Daily Beast, Althouse and The Awl
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Connecticut Senate Race Poses a Test for Democrats  —  Richard Blumenthal, the longtime Democratic attorney general of Connecticut, has been winning elections handily in the state for nearly two decades and seemed destined for higher office.  But the woman who emerged from the Republican Senate primary …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
McMahon wins GOP Senate nomination
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and BAGnewsNotes
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Rand Paul Denies Kidnapping, Says He Can't Remember The Rest (VIDEO)  —  Rand Paul said on Fox News today that his lawyers would be all over GQ magazine if it wasn't for that pesky First Amendment.  But he didn't completely deny yesterday's crazy tale of his college years published by the magazine …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rand denies ‘Aqua Buddha’ stunt
Discussion: CNN, Salon and Balloon Juice
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 …
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Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Goldman Sachs could be largely unaffected by financial overhaul
Discussion: Clusterstock and DealBook
Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
Fingerprinting program now includes all border counties
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
‘Tea party’ groups plan Arizona rally against illegal immigration
Discussion: 24Ahead
Julia Whitty / Mother Jones:
The BP Cover-Up  —  Read also: The rest of this special report …
Discussion: The New Republic and Boing Boing
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Matiullah Mati / CNN:
Pregnant widow accused of adultery executed by Taliban
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
US-backed Iraqis defect to al-Qaida
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
The 3 Things You Need to Know About Liberals' Favorite Religion
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Jawa Report
Gmathis / Georgia Elections News:
Deal stops short of declaring victory