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2:40 AM ET, August 11, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House unloads anger over criticism by ‘professional left’  —  The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.  —  During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office …
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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.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Dear swing voters, you suck. Love, The White House
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Tribalism is the Last Refuge of Political Scoundrels, Including Robert Gibbs
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  —  Former United States Senator Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska on Monday night.  Five of the nine people on board the small plane headed to a remote fishing lodge were killed in the crash, Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska said.
KTUU-TV:
Plane crashes north of Dillingham; 8 on board
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Plane, possibly with ex-Alaska senator, , crashes
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Ted Stevens, one of the most powerful congressmen of his generation, dies at 86
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Weigel
CBS News:
Ted Stevens, Longest-Serving GOP Senator, Dead
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse and Hit & Run
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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 …
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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.
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012ers on the mosque  —  As I noted yesterday, the Republican Party's posture toward Islam will ultimately be shaped by its presidential candidates and its nominee.  —  The first test issue, though perhaps an impefect test, is the planned mosque two blocks from Ground Zero …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CORDOBA HOUSE ‘COMPROMISE’ HAS SOME SERIOUS FLAWS. …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Plum Line and RedState
Javier C. Hernandez / City Room:
Paterson Would Offer New Site for Mosque Away From Ground Zero
Discussion: Salon and The Last Tradition
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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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
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Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:   McMahon wins CT-SEN primary
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
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.
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”
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
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: Salon, CNN and Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Federal workers earning double their private counterparts  —  At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.  —  Federal workers have been awarded …
 
 
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Sarah Horn / Denver Post:
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
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Associated Press:
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