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9:45 AM ET, August 26, 2010

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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.
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Former G.O.P. Leader Says He Is Gay  —  Ken Mehlman, President George W. Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has revealed to family and friends over the last few months that he is gay, he said in an interview Wednesday.
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller's lead slims; Murkowski awaits absentees  —  Joe Miller's lead over U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski slightly narrowed to 1,668 votes with all the election precincts counted Wednesday.  A stunned Murkowski said she is not giving up hope until absentee ballots are counted starting next week.
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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 …
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Murkowski won't ditch GOP yet
CNN:   An unknown Democrat in the last frontier
The Politico:
Democrats privately fear House prospects worsening  —  Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day.
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.
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City Room:
Student Arraigned in Anti-Muslim Stabbing of Cabdriver
NY Daily News:
Muslim cab driver slashed by boozed-up bigot just back from filming …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Enright made ‘nonsensical’ statements to cops; no warning signs at work
Paul Bedard / US News:
Tea Party Group Hit With Death Threats  —  One of Washington's principal supporters of the Tea Party movement, former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, has been receiving death threats and profanity-laced phone calls as it gets involved in the fall elections.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Shaping Tea Party Passion Into Campaign Force  —  WASHINGTON — On a Saturday in August when most of the political class has escaped this city's swelter, 50 Tea Party leaders have flown in from across the country to jam into a conference room in an office building on Pennsylvania Avenue …
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.
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New York Times:
Key Karzai Aide in Corruption Inquiry Is Linked to C.I.A.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.
Stephen Prothero / CNN:
TRENDING: New York's Bloomberg: We are all Muslims  —  Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of “God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World,” is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.  —  By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN
The Politico:
Party-less Charlie Crist faces harsh reality  —  WEST MIAMI, Fla. — First, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was supposed to be the Republican nominee for Senate.  Then he seemed on track to be the de facto Democratic candidate.  Now, following Rep. Kendrick Meek's victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Tom Murse / LancasterOnline.com:
Corbett, Toomey leading, poll says  —  F&M poll director says the only question is how badly Democrats will lose in November election  —  Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era  —  Republicans Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett are running far ahead of their Democratic opponents in congressional …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Quayle surprises even himself  —  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
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Ben Quayle hammers Obama in victory speech
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
CNN:
10 week to-do list: Your ideas for Obama, Republicans  —  (CNN) — Strategists on both sides of the political aisle weighed in this week on what President Obama and Republicans must do before the November midterms to give their parties a boost.  —  The 10-week to-do lists resulted in thousands …
Discussion: This Just In and Right Wing News
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck rally will be a measure of the tea party's strength  —  When Fox News and talk radio host Glenn Beck comes to Washington this weekend to headline a rally intended to “restore honor” to America, he will test the strength - and potentially expose the weaknesses …
New York Times:
Despite Reform, Banks Have Room for Risky Deals  —  When Congress passed a new financial regulation bill last month, it sought to prevent federally insured banks from making speculative bets using their own money.  But that will not stop banks from making bets that some critics deem risky …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Stimulus assessments overly optimistic  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration claimed this week that $100 billion invested in innovative technologies under the economic stimulus law is “transforming the American economy” by putting the nation on track for technological breakthroughs …
Discussion: Hot Air, Time and Riehl World View
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Adopts New Measures to Facilitate Director Nominations by Shareholders  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2010-155  —  Washington, D.C., Aug. 25, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted changes to the federal proxy and other rules to facilitate the rights of shareholders …
Douglas H. Shulman / Z STREET:
Z STREET v IRS Commissioner  —  IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA  —  Z STREET,  —  Plaintiff,  —  v.  —  IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS  —  COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,  —  Defendant.  —  COMPLAINT  —  COMES NOW the Plaintiff …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
African-American leaders and intellectuals express dissatisfaction with President Obama  —  With President Barack Obama's approval ratings dipping below 50%, members of his strongest voting bloc have also started to voice displeasure with the way he has chosen to govern.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Another ‘Moderate’ GZ Mosque Supporter Can't Bring Himself to Call Hamas a Terrorist Organization  —  Last night, I was on David Asman's Fox Business Channel show, Scoreboard, debating Imam Dawoud Kringle of the New York State prison system, a GZ mosque supporter.
 
 
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Todd Starnes:
Is “Happy Birthday” Song Insensitive?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and theblogprof
CBS New York:
Letterman Knocks Obama For Latest Vacation
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and American Glob
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Cutbacks force police to curtail calls for some crimes
Discussion: Gawker
Townhall.com:
For the Left, Opponents Cannot Have Decent Motives: The Ground Zero Example
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Martin / CBS News:
C.I.A. Drones May Target Yemen Terrorists
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Vacationing President to Press: “We're Buying Shrimp, Guys.  Come On.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Byline
Los Angeles Times:
Why California should just say no to Prop. 19
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
More House Dems fleeing (and bashing) Obama and Pelosi