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1:40 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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN UNLIKELY LAME-DUCK CRITIC.... Republican activism in opposition …
Discussion: The Hill
The Huffington Post:
Michael Bennet Got Fewer Votes Than GOP Loser, Kaine Not Happy With Gibbs' Comments
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Bennet says he'll ‘have to see’ whether he wants Obama on the trail
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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
Washington Times:
Tax dollars to build mosques
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?
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rubio: Reid's Comment on Hispanics “Outrageous,” “Ridiculous”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
CBS News:
Ex-WWE Exec Linda McMahon Wins CT Senate Primary
Discussion: CNN and SportsGrid
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 …
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?
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: The Hill
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Anti-Stimulus Crusader Mark Sanford Quietly Accepts Funds He Pledged To Reject  —  Last year, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) led a group of governors in a high-profile war against President Obama's stimulus package, claiming that accepting the $700 million for which his state was eligible …
Discussion: The State and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rangel's rambling floor speech has House Dems wishing they didn't recognize him  —  The Democrats, at long last, had strung together a good day.  They forced House Republicans to return, grumbling, from summer vacation for votes that allowed Democrats to show support for teachers, cops and strong borders.
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Discussion: Daily Kos
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