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9:15 PM ET, August 25, 2010


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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.
City Room:
Student Arraigned in Anti-Muslim Stabbing of Cabdriver  —  The man charged with the anti-Muslim slashing and stabbing of a cabdriver was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime …
NY Daily News:
Muslim cab driver slashed by boozed-up bigot just back from filming Marines in Afghanistan: cops  —  A boozed-up bigot who just returned from filming U.S. Marines in Afghanistan used a pocket knife to slash a cabbie - just because the driver was Muslim, police said Wednesday.
Discussion: Colorlines and New York Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Enright made ‘nonsensical’ statements to cops; no warning signs at work  —  The alleged anti-Muslim cabbie stabber made “nonsensical” statements to police after his arrest, a law enforcement source told me just now, adding to the puzzle over what drove Michael Enright to the apparent hate crime.
Intersections International:
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Runnin' Scared
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay  —  Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.  —  Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview.
Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Palin Foe Mulls Third-Party Run  —  There's a new wrinkle in Alaska's hotly contested GOP Senate primary.  With Senator Lisa Murkowski trailing Palin-endorsed insurgent Joe Miller, a source inside Murkowski's campaign tells The Daily Beast the senator may abandon the GOP for a third party run.
Anchorage Daily News:
Miller on verge of toppling Murkowski  —  U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is battling for her political life this morning against Republican primary challenger Joe Miller, the tea party-backed candidate who has a slim lead as ballots continue to be counted.  —  Miller, a Fairbanks attorney …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller holds slim lead in early Senate vote
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Lisa Murkowski (might have) lost
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Palinization  —  First, give the Sage of Wasilla credit.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Weigel
An unknown Democrat in the last frontier
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
John Dickerson / Slate:   All the candidates Sarah Palin backed had a great night.
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.
Paul Krugman:
Fire Alan Simpson  —  I always thought that the deficit commission was a bad idea; it has only looked worse over time, as the buzz is that Democrats are caving in to Republicans, leaning ever further toward an all-cuts, no taxes solution, including a sharp rise in the retirement age.
Ashley Carson / National Commission …:
Sen. Simpson apologizes to OWL for his remarks
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
Enough with the Pink Panthers Bit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Simpson apologizes: 'When I make a mistake, it's a doozy'
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 …
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: Weekly Standard and Solomonia
Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
Ground Zero Mosque Developer: Mosque Could Accommodate 1,000 Worshippers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Some House Dems Run TV Ads Heralding Opposition to President Obama …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Media Decoder:
National Journal Hires Major Garrett From Fox News  —  Major Garrett, the chief White House correspondent for Fox News, is quitting his job at the cable news channel after eight years.  He is joining National Journal as a Congressional correspondent.  —  Mr. Garrett's surprise departure comes …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Breaking: Major Garrett Leaving Fox News (UPDATED)
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Quayle overcomes embarrassing episode  —  After a cascade of accusations and ever-shifting denials that he wrote for a raunchy website under the name of a fictional porn star, it seemed even Ben Quayle thought he was going to lose a 10-way Republican primary in Arizona.
Discussion: CNN
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Ben Quayle hammers Obama in victory speech
Discussion: Mediaite
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
A Bit of Faint Praise for Florida's Rick Scott from Jeb Bush  —  In his victory Tuesday night, Florida GOP gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott delivered an unusual political defeat to the state's popular former Republican governor, Jeb Bush.  Bush had campaigned for Scott's establishment opponent, state Attorney General Bill McCollum.
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 …
(Updates with details from statement)  —  Mass., Aug 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama held a conference call with his top economic advisers on Wednesday to discuss recent data reports, global markets and economic growth, the White House said.  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism”, 2 Feb 2010  —  This CIA “Red Cell” report from February 2, 2010, looks at what will happen if it is internationally understood that the United States is an exporter of terrorism; 'Contrary to common belief, the American export …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid rips Sharron Angle over “domestic enemies”  —  Yesterday I reported here that Sharron Angle agreed with a talk show host's claim that we have “domestic enemies” within the “walls of the Senate and the Congress.”  —  Now Harry Reid is personally calling on Angle to name names.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
VANDAL WHO FIREBOMBED CARNAHAN'S OFFICE IDENTIFIED - He's a Dem Operative & Disgruntled Employee ...Update: Carnahan Confesses  —  Last Tuesday August 17, 2010, Rep. Russ Carnahan's office was reportedly vandalized and “firebombed” at 2 AM in the morning.  Hours later police arrested a suspect …
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Vilsack offered to resign over flap
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Another ‘Moderate’ GZ Mosque Supporter Can't Bring Himself …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Breaking News: President Obama Says “I'm Having a Great Time” On Vacation
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Vacationing President to Press: “We're Buying Shrimp, Guys.  Come On.”
Los Angeles Times:
Why California should just say no to Prop. 19
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
For Liberals, It's Not About The Size Of Government.
WKOW 27:
Johnson's company got government loan
Discussion: Daily Kos
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
John McCain, your country is calling
Discussion: Balloon Juice, and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Yes, Cut the Budget, Says a Progressive
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show:
“Time To Speak Up”: Former Adviser Ken Adelman Calls on Bush …
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
How Arabs view the anti-mosque movement
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Atlantic Online
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“The False and ‘Seedy’ Claim That Obama Is Muslim.”
Discussion: alicublog
Ted Nesi / Blogs:
Chris Young's surprise marriage proposal