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11:40 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 …
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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.
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 …
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 / msnbc.com:
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 …
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: msnbc.com, The Page and National Review
CNN:
TRENDING: Palin also a big winner Tuesday
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care suits didn't save AGs
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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Alan Zibel / Associated Press:
Sales of new homes hit slowest pace on record  —  Unexpected 12.4 percent drop in July latest sign recovery is fading  —  WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month to the slowest pace on record, the latest sign that the economic recovery is fading.
Discussion: msnbc.com
MiamiHerald.com:
Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist to face off for Senate  —  Overlooked and underestimated on the campaign trail for nearly two years, Miami Congressman Kendrick Meek on Tuesday easily beat back a profligate challenge from real estate mogul Jeff Greene to run away with the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
GOP Turnout Way Ahead in Florida?
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Primaries test establishment vs. outsiders in Florida, Arizona and Alaska
Discussion: msnbc.com, New York Times and Daily Kos
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
McCain defeats conservative primary challenger
Discussion: Mediaite and Philly.com
William Neuman / New York Times:
U.S. Rejected Hen Vaccine Despite British Success  —  Faced with a crisis more than a decade ago in which thousands of people were sickened from salmonella in infected eggs, farmers in Britain began vaccinating their hens against the bacteria.  That simple but decisive step virtually wiped out the health threat.
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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.
Los Angeles Times:
Islamophobia?  Not really  —  The supposed anti-Muslim backlash among Americans is mostly a myth.  —  ByJonah Goldberg  —  Here's a thought: The 70% of Americans who oppose what amounts to an Islamic Niketown two blocks from ground zero are the real victims of a climate of hate, and anti-Muslim backlash is mostly a myth.
Discussion: The Mahablog and National Review
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg: Caring about Muslims is a hate crime against Real Americans
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
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.
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CNN:
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
BBC:
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.
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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
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Facebook deletes alleged North Korean accounts  —  Facebook took official precautions against two accounts thought to be maintained by the North Korean government but later discovered be run by regime supporters in China and Japan.  —  “If a person poses as a person or entity …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes cash appeal for House Dems  —  After gripes from some House Democrats that he wasn't doing enough to support them on the stump, President Obama sent a fundraising appeal on their behalf Wednesday, saying his “Democratic partners” on the Hill have made progress toward economic recovery possible.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Durable Goods Orders Rise Less Than Forecast in U.S.  —  Orders for U.S. durable goods increased less than forecast in July, a sign that one of the few remaining bright spots in the economy is cooling.  —  Bookings increased .3 percent, compared with the 3 percent median estimate …
 
 
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