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4:15 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 …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
‘Embarrassing defeat for Sarah Palin will happen at any moment (fingers crossed)’ … From a no-doubt-bewildered Becky Bohrer at the Associated Press, just minutes ago: … Note to self: No matter what you think you know about an upcoming election and how much you want one candidate or the other to lose …
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
DNC spokesman can't name Alaska Dem running for Senate  —  Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames.  —  Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee spokesmen were on ABC's “Top Line” Wednesday with dueling messages coming out of last night's primary.
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 …
Palin also a big winner Tuesday
Discussion: The Fix, The Politico and Taylor Marsh
Elena Isella /
If Joe Miller Wins in Alaska, it will be a colossal upset, Huckabee says
Discussion: Mike Huckabee
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Alleged anti-Muslim attacker works at pro-Park51 group  —  The apparent anti-Muslim assault on a New York city cabbie by a man shouting “Assalamu Alaikum.  Consider this a checkpoint” produced an immediate round of recriminations over its connection to opposition to a New York Islamic Center and an apparent rising tide of Islamophobia.
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.
Karen Zraick / City Room:
Man Is Held in Anti-Muslim Stabbing of Cabdriver  —  A cabdriver was attacked by a knife-wielding passenger who made anti-Muslim remarks on Tuesday evening, the police said.  —  The passenger, Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, N.Y., hailed the cab at Second Avenue and East 24th Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the police said.
New York Post:
Driver claims his throat was slashed after telling passenger he was Muslim  —  A drunk upstate man who had recently returned from Afghanistan where he was filming the Marines took his anger out on a cabbie — asking the driver if he was a Muslim before brutally attacking him with a knife, authorities said.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
‘Are You Muslim?’: Passenger Stabs NYC Muslim Cab Driver
Discussion: The Reaction
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.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Social Security Group Calls on Simpson to Resign After ‘Sexist’ Remark
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
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
Discussion: Politics Daily
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie blames Washington bureaucracy for state's failed ‘Race to the Top’ application  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie this morning acknowledged the state made a clerical error that blew its chance at winning $400 million in federal money for schools, but he blamed Obama administration bureaucrats …
New Jersey Online:
Error on ‘Race to the Top’ application costs N.J. $400M in federal funds
Discussion: The Hill and Metropolis
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Breaking: Major Garrett Leaving Fox News (UPDATED)  —  Mediaite has learned that Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett is leaving the network effective September 3rd to return to his roots in print journalism.  White House correspondents Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will assume joint coverage of the WH beat for Fox News.
Media Decoder:
National Journal Hires Major Garrett From Fox News
Nat Hentoff / Jewish World Review:
Am I also a bigot?  Pols clueless on Ground Zero mosque  —  If one of her sleuths knocks on my door, this opponent will readily state that I need no outside funding as a reporter who is deeply investigating the motivation of Imam Rauf's choice of this site of mass murder for the mosque.
Discussion: Solomonia
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New Forecast Shows Democrats Losing 6 to 7 Senate Seats  —  The Democratic majority is in increasing jeopardy in the Senate, according to the latest FiveThirtyEight forecasting model.  The Democrats now have an approximately 20 percent chance of losing 10 or more seats in the Senate …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
More House Dems fleeing (and bashing) Obama and Pelosi  —  Little by little, we're starting to see more House Dems running ads distancing them from President Obama and Nancy Pelosi — and even directly taking them on.  Some of the spots bash the Obama/Dem agenda in ways that echo GOP talking points.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ted Nesi / Blogs:
Chris Young's surprise marriage proposal  —  Chris Young, Rhode Island's perennial gadfly candidate, was relatively well-behaved in tonight's mayoral debate.  (And as Dan McGowan points out, sometimes he makes good points.)  But he managed to steal the show toward the end when he used …
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 …
Jack Minor / Greeley Gazette:
Bennet Says We Have Nothing to Show For All of Our Debt, Will Not Commit to Position on Card Check  —  Sen. Michael Bennet D-Colo. explains the reasons for the $13 trillion debt  —  Michael Bennet, D-Colo,at a town hall meeting in Greeley last Saturday, Aug 21 said we had nothing to show …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Senate Democrat suggests that he didn't read entire healthcare reform 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 …
Sean Penn / The Huffington Post:
Third Person Once Removed  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  As Wyclef Jean announces his regrettable turn-about to contest Haiti's electoral rule of law (a law he has no previous record of dissension toward), his PR team is mobilizing.  See Ms. Marian Salzman's recent blog on the Huffington Post (August 23, 2010).
Discussion: Speakeasy
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“The False and ‘Seedy’ Claim That Obama Is Muslim.”  —  Get it?  “Seedy”?  The Nation quotes Franklin Graham: … When religionists talk about semen...  Is the author of this piece — Leslie Savan —paying enough attention the the way she is expressing contempt for Muslim beliefs?
Discussion: alicublog
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
ObamaCare Threatens College Health Plans  —  Kaiser Health News reports that those cheap, stripped down college health plans offered to students may be imperiled by Obamacare: … (H/T Jonathan Adler)  —  I imagine that the administration has been blindsided by this one.
Pastor says armed militia to protect church during Quran-burning event  —  (CNN) — An armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will protect a church that is planning to host an “International Burn a Quran Day” on the ninth anniversary of September 11, the church's pastor said on Tuesday.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama breaks from vacation to phone Geithner, Summers  —  President Obama took a break from his Martha's Vineyard vacation on Wednesday to phone his economic advisers, including Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers.  —  The call came one day after House GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Hill
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NY's cut of bagel ‘dough’
Discussion: The Foundry and National Review
Jennifer Levitz / Wall Street Journal:
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama plans second Oval Office address
Discussion: CNN and D.C. Now
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
Research Desk: Where would unemployment and GDP growth be without the stimulus?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
More than 3M seniors may have to switch drug plans
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Romney: Sylvester Stallone is ‘right,’ the U.S. ‘does apologize too much’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniels draws a contrast with Palin
Discussion: The Hill
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Where Are the New Jobs?  —  “Corporate profits are soaring.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Intel CEO: U.S. faces looming tech decline
Courtney Schlisserman / Bloomberg:
Sales of U.S. New Homes Dropped to Record Low in July
Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
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