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7:55 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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murkowski trailing Tea Party-backed challenger in early returns  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is in danger of becoming the third incumbent senator to lose in the 2010 election cycle.  —  Attorney Joe Miller appears on the verge of a stunning upset in Alaska's Republican Senate primary …
Discussion: The Page
David Catanese / The Politico:
McCain wins by wide margin
Discussion: New York Times and The Page
Scott Whitlock /
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.
Fox News:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam: America Killed More Innocents Than Al Qaeda
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
Meek thanks supporters in e-mail
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rubio back on top  —  Democrats will get their stronger candidate …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
GOP Turnout Way Ahead in Florida?
Discussion: GayPatriot and The Fix
Nathan Hodge / Washington Wire:
Conway: U.S. Withdrawal Deadline Boosts Taliban in Afghan War  —  The top U.S. Marine general said President Barack Obama's announced July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan had given “sustenance” to the Taliban.  —  “We know the president was talking to several audiences …
Discussion: YID With LID, Hot Air and NO QUARTER
US general: Afghan deadline ‘giving enemy sustenance’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Biased BBC
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg: Caring about Muslims is a hate crime against Real Americans  —  Jonah Goldberg, whose columns are apparently published in grown-up newspapers for consumption by literate adults, uses today's to expand on a theme that he first toyed with at The Corner last week …
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
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
McCain defeats conservative primary challenger  —  PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain routed conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth on Tuesday in the Republican primary in what could be the final campaign for the former GOP presidential nominee.  —  McCain spent more than $20 million to beat …
Discussion: Mediaite and
Arizona Republic:
John McCain beats J.D. Hayworth in GOP Senate race
Discussion: Wonkette and The Remmers 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.
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Amnesty Int'l Finland: Israel scum state  —  Exclusive: In Jpost interview, Frank Johansson stands by his words.  —  Talkbacks (51)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Discussion: Solomonia and RubinReports
Martin Luther King III / Washington Post:
Still striving for MLK's dream in the 21st century  —  Forty-seven years ago this weekend, on a sweltering August day often remembered simply as the March on Washington, my father delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.  A memorial to him is being erected at the Tidal Basin …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
MoJo for President: The Fantasy Continues  —  Joe Scarborough, former congressman from Florida and co-host of MSNBC's agenda-setting wake-up show Morning Joe, has protested, kindly and loudly (he is kind and loud), when speculation arises about his presidential ambitions.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Salon
Rachel Maddow Show on  —  Guests: Eugene Robinson, Kent Jones, Suhail Khan, Gail Hillebrand  —  RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: Good evening, Lawrence.  Thanks very much for that.  —  And thanks for you—thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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.
Greene escorted from campaign event  —  South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene was escorted from an event on Saturday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Embattled Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene was escorted from a meeting of the Oconee County Democratic Party on Saturday …
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Inhofe criticizes McCain on election day  —  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe attacked fellow Republican John McCain of Arizona on Tuesday as a closet liberal who “gets elected because of one thing - earmarks.”  —  Specifically, Inhofe was criticizing McCain's opposition to earmarks, which Inhofe said are simply appropriations.
Scott / Power Line:
A question too far...  ...for Obama's counterrorism adviser John Brennan, who has declared jihad a legitimate tenet of Islam.  Pressed on the issue by Washington Times editorial writer James Robbins — author of the terrific forthcoming book This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive …
Jeff Mapes / Jeff Mapes on Politics:
Bruun claims poll shows him in tight race with Schrader  —  Republican Scott Bruun has released a new poll taken for his campaign by pollster Bob Moore that claims to show him in a tight race with Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.  —  The survey shows Bruun with 41 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Schrader.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Discussion: Boston Herald
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
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Discussion: National Review, CNN and The Page
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: Ballot Box and Gallup.Com
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Discussion: Commentary
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
‘Race to the Top’ winners chosen
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and AmSpecBlog
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Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Right Wing News
Steve Goldstein / MarketWatch:
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