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11:35 AM ET, August 11, 2010


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Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Colorado Race Could Reassure Obama and Democrats  —  DENVER — The predictions of doom for incumbents and establishment candidates this campaign season are proving to be more complex in the real world.  On Tuesday, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, a Democrat who had hitched his star …
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” …
Discussion: The Politico
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Reid: I don't know how any Hispanic voter could be a Republican
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Harry Reid: How could Hispanics be in the Republican Party?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Why the GOP really wants to alter the 14th Amendment
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Times:
Tax dollars to build mosques
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?
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?
CBS News:
Ex-WWE Exec Linda McMahon Wins CT Senate Primary  —  Political Newcomer Readies for General Election Battle with Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal  —  (CBS/AP) After winning the early rounds of her first political fight, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon said she's …
Discussion: CNN and SportsGrid
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Connecticut Senate Race Poses a Test for Democrats
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 …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mark Dayton wins in Minnesota by 1,500 votes  —  Mark Dayton celebrates after the AP calls the Democratic gubernatorial primary 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
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN UNLIKELY LAME-DUCK CRITIC.... Republicans activism in opposition to a lame-duck session on the Hill this year has been pretty strong of late.  The notion that the Democratic majority might try to legislate after the November elections — the way the GOP has in years past …
Discussion: The Fix and The Hill
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 …
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
With the passage of a $26 billion aid package Tuesday to help states pay for Medicaid and teacher salaries, most state budgets will get some help in paying for education programs, but states not facing massive teacher layoffs and cutbacks are also set to receive millions in federal money.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and protein wisdom
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.
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: Riehl World View
Sandra Guy / Chicago Sun Times:
Desiree Rogers named CEO of Johnson Publishing  —  Plans expansion for Ebony, Jet mags and cosmetics line  —  Desiree Rogers, President Obama's former White House social secretary, said Tuesday after being named CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. that she intends to expand Ebony and JET magazines' licensing …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.)
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
The 3 Things You Need to Know About Liberals' Favorite Religion  —  1. Islam has not been hijacked.  —  2. Striving to institute worldwide sharia law is a religious duty.  —  3. Muslims are allowed to deceive non-Muslims if it helps Islam.  —  They forgot the last one:
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog and Nice Deb
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?
John Nichols / The Nation:
Left Owes a Very Big Thank You to Robert Gibbs  —  Progressives should, of course,thank White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for the small favor of distinguishing the Obama administration from the left.  —     —  In what he admitted was an “inartful” diatribe …
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Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
California Roundup: Jobs! Jobs!! Jobs!!!
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elite Isolation  —  It seems to me that this chart is the key …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Pushers  —  The latest bailout for public unions and spendthrift states.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rangel's rambling floor speech has House Dems wishing they didn't recognize him
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
The Magma Chart  —  Read any introductory economics textbook …
Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Goldman Sachs could be largely unaffected by financial overhaul
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
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Matiullah Mati / CNN:
Pregnant widow accused of adultery executed by Taliban
Gmathis / Georgia Elections News:
Deal stops short of declaring victory