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3:55 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  —  Update 2:49 p.m.: Gov. Sonny Perdue has now weighed in as well.  While it was long rumored that he would support Karen Handel for the nomination, the outgoing governor stayed cautiously on the sidelines in the primary and the runoff.
First Read /
First thoughts: Tea Party wins again
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Incumbent Backed by Obama Wins Colorado 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 …
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
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
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
Keith Schneider / New York Times:
Dan Rostenkowski, Lawmaker Touched by Scandal, Is Dead  —  Dan Rostenkowski, who mastered the craft of brokering and compromise to become one of the nation's most influential congressmen but whose imprisonment on fraud charges came to symbolize the excesses of power, died Wednesday at his vacation home on Benedict Lake in Wisconsin.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: Rand Paul's accuser clarifies “kidnapping”  —  The woman who sparked a national firestorm by recounting Rand Paul's  —  youthful indiscretions to GQ magazine is now clarifying her account: She says she was not kidnapped nor forced to do drugs by Paul.
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs Stands By His ‘Professional Left’ Critique, Expects Liberals To Vote In 2010  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Speaking publicly for the first time since he disparaged the “professional left,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he stands by his comments, has no plans to resign …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House spokesman stands by comments on ‘professional left’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Foundry
The Huffington Post:
Michael Bennet Got Fewer Votes Than GOP Loser, Kaine Not Happy With Gibbs' Comments
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Depressed Democratic Turnout Portends Rotten November
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” …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Americans split evenly on gay marriage  —  Americans are split on the issue of same-sex marriage, according to a new CNN poll.  —  (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.
Discussion: LGBT POV, Hot Air and AMERICAblog Gay
Jonathan Rauch / NY Daily News:
The radical gay rights ruling: Leading supporter of same-sex …
Discussion: Commentary
Fhardingj / CNN:
Overwhelming majority oppose mosque near Ground Zero
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Politics
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
The Obsolescence of Barack Obama  —  The magic of 2008 can't be recreated, and good riddance to it.  —  Not long ago Barack Obama, for those who were spellbound by him, had the stylishness of JFK and the historic mission of FDR riding to the nation's rescue.
Discussion: Nice Deb
Tracy Alloway / FT Alphaville:
Hamp - it's worse than we thought  —  So the US Treasury's centrepiece mortgage modification programme — Hamp — is something of a failure.  That much we knew already.  —  But Laurie Goodman over at Amherst Securities brings up another point.  —  The programme actually has a lower success rate …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Fox News:
Democrats, Advocacy Groups Blast Cuts to Food Stamps to Fund $26B Aid Bill  —  Some Democrats are upset and advocacy groups are outraged over the raiding of the food-stamp cupboard to fund a state-aid bailout that some call a gift to teachers and government union workers.
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Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
U.S. Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Widens to $49.9 Billion in June
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New York Times:
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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
The Hill:
Senate will reconvene to pass border security
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
More “Leadership” Can Be Counterproductive
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
The Making of Andrew Cuomo
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: ‘I know how to politick pretty good’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
NC: PHB exclusive video of NOM's Brian Brown at Raleigh rally …
Sandra Guy / Chicago Sun Times:
Desiree Rogers named CEO of Johnson Publishing
Discussion: Politics Daily and driftglass
Paul Wiseman / USA Today:
Feds rethink policies that encourage home ownership