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12:15 PM 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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Lisa Murkowski (might have) lost  —  1. The stunning news that developed over night in Alaska — with 98 percent of precincts reporting, attorney Joe Miller (R) leads Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) 51 percent to 49 percent — reveals the depth of anti-incumbent sentiment in the country …
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.
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.
First Read /
First thoughts: Anger trumps accomplishments  —  Stunning development: Murkowski trails Miller by 1,960 votes in AK GOP Senate primary... We might not know the final result for days... How to explain why McCain easily won in AZ but Murkowski is in trouble: Anger is trumping accomplishments …
TRENDING: Palin also a big winner Tuesday  —  Palin campaigned with John McCain in March, one of the three statewide candidates she backed ahead of Tuesday who went on to win their race.  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin's endorsement slump has come to a screeching halt, with all three …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
‘Embarrassing defeat for Sarah Palin will happen at any moment (fingers crossed)’
Discussion: Melanie Morgan, Instapundit and Weigel
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Murkowski trails Tea Party-backed challenger as Alaska votes tallied
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sink starts out ahead  —  Rick Scott's an unpopular candidate with a divided party and because of that Alex Sink begins the general election for Governor in Florida with a 7 point lead.  Sink has 41% to 34% for Scott and 8% for Bud Chiles.  —  Sink is doing well because she has a higher degree …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care suits didn't save AGs
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Primaries test establishment vs. outsiders in Florida, Arizona and Alaska
Courtney Schlisserman / Bloomberg:
Sales of U.S. New Homes Dropped to Record Low in July  —  Sales of U.S. new homes unexpectedly dropped in July to the lowest level on record, signaling that even with cheaper prices and reduced borrowing costs the housing market is retreating.  —  Purchases fell 12 percent from June …
Calculated Risk:
New Home Sales decline to Record Low in July
Discussion: Free exchange and FT Alphaville
Alan Zibel / Associated Press:
Sales of new homes hit slowest pace on record
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
A city cab driver is in the hospital after being stabbed by a passenger who allegedly asked if he was Muslim, police tell NY1.  —  Investigators with the New York City Police Department say it all began Monday night when a 21-year-old man hailed a cab at 24th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan.
Michigan added to list of states facing salmonella-related egg recall  —  No further egg recalls are expected.  The Egg Safety Center has a complete list of recalled eggs, their expiration dates, and brands.  Here are safety tips and a list of affected states.
Discussion: This Just In and The Agonist
William Neuman / New York Times:
U.S. Rejected Hen Vaccine Despite British Success
Flathead Beacon:
Libby Residents Relate Gains, Drawbacks of Asbestos Aid  —  LIBBY - Though the visit by Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to this Lincoln County community was brief, it is possible she gained some insights Monday afternoon into what residents here want and need - and how those forces are opposed in some ways.
Julie Appleby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Colleges say new health law may imperil student policies
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.
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.
Schoolgirls and teachers sick from poison gas in Afghanistan  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Dozens of schoolgirls and teachers were sickened Wednesday by poison gas in Afghanistan, medical and government officials said.  —  The latest incident, this one at a high school …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Baucus suggests he did not read entire health bill  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the chief authors of the healthcare law, suggested Tuesday he did not read the entire piece of legislation.  —  Speaking at a forum in his home state …
New York Times:
Job Losses Over Drilling Ban Fail to Materialize  —  WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration called a halt to virtually all deepwater drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon blowout and fire in April, oil executives, economists and local officials complained …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Green and Prairie Weather
Jason Kuznicki / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
Cash for Clunkers, Indeed  —  It wasn't so long ago that everyone just loved Cash for Clunkers.  People thought I was a total crank when I scoffed.  Even some of my fellow ideologues wavered.  —  On my now-defunct blog, I wrote, … No, the appropriate course would be to generalize …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters  —  This story was reported by Sabrina Shankman and Tom Jennings of Frontline, Brendan McCarthy and Laura Maggi of The New Orleans Times-Picayune and A.C. Thompson of ProPublica  —  In the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Shakesville
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.
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Ugly report on existing home sales is latest setback for Democrats  —  Democrats are finding little success in their nearly two-year campaign to ease the nation's housing woes.  —  Since coming into office, President Obama has undertaken a series of policy initiatives intended to stabilize home prices …
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Obama makes cash appeal for House Dems
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John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Where Are the New Jobs?  —  “Corporate profits are soaring.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Facebook deletes alleged North Korean accounts
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Intel CEO: U.S. faces looming tech decline
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and RedState
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
GOP Turnout Way Ahead in Florida?
Los Angeles Times:
Islamophobia?  Not really  —  The supposed anti-Muslim backlash …
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