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6:05 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:
Palin-Backed Joe Miller Poised to Overthrow Murkowski Dynasty …
Discussion: Salon and Progressive Alaska
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Lisa Murkowski's Campaign Hurt by Lack of Offensive, Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Note, Gawker and TPMDC
John Dickerson / Slate:
All the candidates Sarah Palin backed had a great night.
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Palinization  —  First, give the Sage of Wasilla credit.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Weigel
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.
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.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Was the Muslim Cab Driver Slashing the First “Ground Zero Mosque” Hate Crime?  (Updated)  —  ​A cab driver picked up a 21-year-old fare yesterday in Murray Hill on 24th and Second around 6 p.m. The fare — “visibly drunk” — gets in the cab, and reportedly asks the driver: “Are you a Muslim?”
NY Daily News:
Muslim cab driver slashed by boozed-up bigot just back from filming …
Discussion: New York Magazine, Colorlines and Salon
Intersections International:
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Runnin' Scared
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Simpson apologizes: 'When I make a mistake, it's a doozy'
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Social Security Group Calls on Simpson to Resign After ‘Sexist’ Remark
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
Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
Ground Zero Mosque Developer: Mosque Could Accommodate 1,000 Worshippers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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
(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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama breaks from vacation to phone Geithner, Summers
Discussion: The Swamp and The Hill
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)
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
John McCain, your country is calling
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Yes, Cut the Budget, Says a Progressive
Discussion: 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
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NY's cut of bagel ‘dough’
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“The False and ‘Seedy’ Claim That Obama Is Muslim.”
Discussion: alicublog
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
Jason Kuznicki / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
Cash for Clunkers, Indeed