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5:10 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 …
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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 / 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 …
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.
CNN:
Palin also a big winner Tuesday
Discussion: The Politico, The Fix and Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Palinization  —  First, give the Sage of Wasilla credit.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Weigel
John Dickerson / Slate:
All the candidates Sarah Palin backed had a great night.
Elena Isella / FoxNews.com:
If Joe Miller Wins in Alaska, it will be a colossal upset, Huckabee says
Discussion: Mike Huckabee
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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NY1:
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Social Security Group Calls on Simpson to Resign After ‘Sexist’ Remark
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Senate Democrat suggests that he didn't read entire healthcare reform bill  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the chief authors of the healthcare law, suggested Tuesday he did not read the entire piece of legislation.  —  Speaking at a forum in his home state …
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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 …
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New Jersey Online:
Error on ‘Race to the Top’ application costs N.J. $400M in federal funds
Discussion: The Hill and Metropolis
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Breaking: Major Garrett Leaving Fox News (UPDATED)  —  Mediaite has learned that Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett is leaving the network effective September 3rd to return to his roots in print journalism.  White House correspondents Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will assume joint coverage of the WH beat for Fox News.
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Media Decoder:
National Journal Hires Major Garrett From Fox News
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 …
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
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.
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
Ted Nesi / WPRI.com 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 …
Wikileaks:
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 …
Jason Kuznicki / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
Cash for Clunkers, Indeed  —  It wasn't so long ago that everyone just loved Cash for Clunkers.  People thought I was a total crank when I scoffed.  Even some of my fellow ideologues wavered.  —  On my now-defunct blog, I wrote, … No, the appropriate course would be to generalize …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“The False and ‘Seedy’ Claim That Obama Is Muslim.”  —  Get it?  “Seedy”?  The Nation quotes Franklin Graham: … When religionists talk about semen...  Is the author of this piece — Leslie Savan —paying enough attention the the way she is expressing contempt for Muslim beliefs?
Discussion: alicublog
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Elin Nordegren Speaks: ‘I Feel Stronger Than I Ever Have’  —  Her divorce is final and she's ready to talk.  Elin Nordegren breaks her nine-month silence in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine.  —  “I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief …
 
 
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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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama breaks from vacation to phone Geithner, Summers
Discussion: The Swamp and The Hill
Jennifer Levitz / Wall Street Journal:
Coffins Made With Brotherly Love Have Undertakers Throwing Dirt
 Earlier Items: 
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
Sean Penn / The Huffington Post:
Third Person Once Removed
Discussion: Speakeasy
Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
Obama assist crashes Jerry Brown's website [Updated]