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9:10 AM ET, August 25, 2010


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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller holds slim lead in early Senate vote  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was battling for her political life against Republican challenger Joe Miller in early primary election returns on Tuesday night.  —  Miller was leading Murkowski with nearly 52 percent of the vote to her 48 percent …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Murkowski Is Locked in a Tight Senate Race in Alaska  —  Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, whose family has held a decades-long grip on one of the state's two Senate seats, was in a surprisingly tight race Wednesday morning against an insurgent candidate, a Tea Party favorite who received the backing of Sarah Palin.
Discussion: CNN and Freedom's Lighthouse
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski faces possible upset  —  In what could become one of the biggest political upsets of the year, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski trailed her tea party-backed opponent by a small margin Wednesday in Alaska's GOP primary with thousands of votes yet to be counted.
Discussion: Power Line, Hotline On Call and Hot Air
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Murkowski trails Tea Party-backed challenger as Alaska votes counted  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is in danger of becoming the third incumbent senator to lose in the 2010 election cycle.  —  Attorney Joe Miller appears on the verge of a stunning upset in Alaska's Republican Senate primary …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
David Catanese / The Politico:
McCain wins by wide margin  —  PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain routed former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the Arizona Republican primary Tuesday night after a contentious campaign marked by stinging attacks and McCain's attempts to burnish his own conservative credentials.
Discussion: The Fix and The Page
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Scott shocks McCollum in Fla. governor's race  —  Multimillionaire health care executive Rick Scott narrowly captured the GOP's nomination for governor of Florida Tuesday night, shocking both Republican and Democratic insiders who believed the free-spending newcomer's fortunes had taken …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Scott upset ripples beyond Florida  —  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Millionaire businessman Rick Scott's surprise win in the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday left both parties scrambling over how to cope with a candidate who possesses both glaring flaws and considerable assets.
Meek thanks supporters in e-mail
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Primaries test establishment vs. outsiders in Florida, Arizona and Alaska
Discussion:, New York Times and Daily Kos
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
GOP Turnout Way Ahead in Florida?
Discussion: GayPatriot
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rubio back on top  —  Democrats will get their stronger candidate …
Scott Whitlock /
Andrea Mitchell Lectures U.S. on Ground Zero Mosque: America Needs to Be ‘More Sensitive to Minority Communities’  —  Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday fretted that the “angry voices” protesting against the Ground Zero mosque will hurt Barack Obama's attempts to reach out to the Muslim world.
Fox News:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam: America Killed More Innocents Than Al Qaeda
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
McCain defeats conservative primary challenger  —  PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain routed conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth on Tuesday in the Republican primary in what could be the final campaign for the former GOP presidential nominee.  —  McCain spent more than $20 million to beat …
Discussion: Mediaite and
Arizona Republic:
John McCain beats J.D. Hayworth in GOP Senate race
Discussion: Wonkette and The Remmers Report
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg: Caring about Muslims is a hate crime against Real Americans  —  Jonah Goldberg, whose columns are apparently published in grown-up newspapers for consumption by literate adults, uses today's to expand on a theme that he first toyed with at The Corner last week …
Los Angeles Times:
Islamophobia?  Not really  —  The supposed anti-Muslim backlash …
Discussion: The Mahablog and National Review
US general: Afghan deadline ‘giving enemy sustenance’  —  General James Conway said troops in southern Afghanistan were likely to have to remain for a few years  —  A senior US general has warned President Barack Obama's deadline to begin pulling troops out of Afghanistan is encouraging the Taliban.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Biased BBC
Nathan Hodge / Washington Wire:
Conway: U.S. Withdrawal Deadline Boosts Taliban in Afghan War
The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Launches Another Impassioned Defense Of Cordoba House  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In a rousing address before a predominantly Muslim audience Tuesday night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reaffirmed his commitment to the controversial Islamic cultural center near the former site of the World Trade Center.
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Amnesty Int'l Finland: Israel scum state  —  Exclusive: In Jpost interview, Frank Johansson stands by his words.  —  Talkbacks (51)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Discussion: Solomonia and RubinReports
Greene escorted from campaign event  —  South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene was escorted from an event on Saturday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Embattled Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene was escorted from a meeting of the Oconee County Democratic Party on Saturday …
Associated Press:
Alvin Greene Kicked out of S.C. Restaurant
Martin Luther King III / Washington Post:
Still striving for MLK's dream in the 21st century  —  Forty-seven years ago this weekend, on a sweltering August day often remembered simply as the March on Washington, my father delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.  A memorial to him is being erected at the Tidal Basin …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
MoJo for President: The Fantasy Continues  —  Joe Scarborough, former congressman from Florida and co-host of MSNBC's agenda-setting wake-up show Morning Joe, has protested, kindly and loudly (he is kind and loud), when speculation arises about his presidential ambitions.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Salon
Rachel Maddow Show on  —  Guests: Eugene Robinson, Kent Jones, Suhail Khan, Gail Hillebrand  —  RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: Good evening, Lawrence.  Thanks very much for that.  —  And thanks for you—thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economy Caught in Depression, Not Recession: Rosenberg  —  Positive gross domestic product readings and other mildly hopeful signs are masking an ugly truth: The US economy is in a 1930s-style Depression, Gluskin Sheff economist David Rosenberg said Tuesday.
The Huffington Post:
Alan Simpson: Social Security Is ‘A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Alan Simpson believes that Social Security is “like a milk cow with 310 million tits,” according to an email he sent to the executive director of National Older Women's League Tuesday morning.
Avanbenschoten / Kentucky Politics:
Gov. Haley Barbour to headline Rand Paul fundraiser in NKY  —  UNION - One of the biggest names in Republican politics will headline a fundraiser in Northern Kentucky next month for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour - head of the Republican Governors Association …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Jeff Mapes / Jeff Mapes on Politics:
Bruun claims poll shows him in tight race with Schrader  —  Republican Scott Bruun has released a new poll taken for his campaign by pollster Bob Moore that claims to show him in a tight race with Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.  —  The survey shows Bruun with 41 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Schrader.
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