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4:20 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.
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.
Discussion: The Politico and GayPatriot
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 …
An unknown Democrat in the last frontier  —  If Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski is defeated in the GOP primary, her only option is to run as a write-in candidate.  —  Washington (CNN) - Democrats are already moving to quickly define Alaska Republican and Senate hopeful Joe Miller …
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Murkowski won't ditch GOP yet  —  Trailing attorney Joe Miller by less than 1,500 votes—and with at least 8,000 more still to be counted—Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday at a press conference she would wait until all Republican primary absentee votes were counted before making any decisions about how to proceed.
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Enright made ‘nonsensical’ statements to cops; no warning signs at work
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: The Caucus, Daily Kos and HotAirPundit
The Huffington Post:
Alan Simpson: Social Security Is ‘A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits’
The Huffington Post:
Enough with the Pink Panthers Bit
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
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.
Nat Hentoff / Jewish World Review:
Am I also a bigot? Pols clueless on Ground Zero mosque
Discussion:, Weekly Standard and Solomonia
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Quayle overcomes rocky 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 and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Jeff Passan / Yahoo! Sports:
Marlins' profits came at taxpayer expense  —  The swindlers who run the Florida Marlins got exposed Monday.  They are as bad as anyone on Wall Street, scheming, misleading and ultimately sticking taxpayers with a multibillion-dollar tab.  Corporate fraud is alive and well in Major League Baseball.
This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.  —  i'm sure i would have caused an “incident” dude needed tea bagged for sure  —  He made such a compelling argument for the mosque, my eyes have been opened!
Sebastian / Snowflakes in Hell:
EPA Considering Banning Lead Ammunition  —  NSSF is springing into action, as the public comment period opens on EPA considering a regulation that will ban all traditional lead ammunition.  This would basically end the shooting sports as we know it.  Remember this is a no-win situation for us …
Los Angeles Times:
Why California should just say no to Prop.  19  —  Taxing marijuana sales wouldn't bring in much money because homegrown is tax free, drug officials say.  Besides, any revenue would be wiped out by increases in healthcare and criminal justice costs.  —  This commentary was written by Gil Kerlikowske …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
For the Left, Opponents Cannot Have Decent Motives: The Ground Zero Example  —  I recently wrote about leftists' hatred for conservatives as people, not merely for conservative ideas.  Demonization of opponents is a fundamental characteristic of the left.  It is not merely tactical; they believe people on the right are bad.
Discussion: Firedoglake
CBS New York:
Letterman Knocks Obama For Latest Vacation  —  NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — A storm that curtailed outdoor activities for much of President Barack Obama's vacation was forecast to end Wednesday, but he said he's been able to fight off cabin fever.  —  Not only has he been able to sneak in two rounds of golf …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and American Glob
Nick Rowe / Worthwhile Canadian Initiative:
Why “everyone” should be forced to take Intro Economics  —  The reason is not what you are expecting.  It's because maybe if he had been forced to take Intro Economics, the 12th President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago …
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 …
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Cutbacks force police to curtail calls for some crimes
Discussion: Gawker
Jim Morrrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Myrick: ‘Homegrown’ terrorists are working within U.S.
Discussion: Doug Ross
Michael J. Totten / Pajamas Media:
The Perfect Iranian Storm on the Horizon
Brian Schneider / The Daily Caller:
OPINION: Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism …
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
A Bit of Faint Praise for Florida's Rick Scott from Jeb Bush
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Vacationing President to Press: “We're Buying Shrimp, Guys.  Come On.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Byline
(Updates with details from statement)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
For Liberals, It's Not About The Size Of Government.
 Earlier Items: 
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
John McCain, your country is calling
Discussion: Balloon Juice and
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
More House Dems fleeing (and bashing) Obama and Pelosi
Discussion: Outside the Beltway