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11:15 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.
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.
David Catanese / The Politico:
McCain wins by wide margin  —  PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain routed former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the Arizona Republican primary Tuesday night after a contentious campaign marked by stinging attacks and McCain's attempts to burnish his own conservative credentials.
Discussion:, The Page and National Review
First Read /
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 …
TRENDING: Palin also a big winner Tuesday
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Lisa Murkowski (might have) lost
Discussion: Hawaii News
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.
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
GOP Turnout Way Ahead in Florida?
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Primaries test establishment vs. outsiders in Florida, Arizona and Alaska
Discussion:, New York Times and Daily Kos
Meek thanks supporters in e-mail
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Courtney Schlisserman / Bloomberg:
Sales of U.S. New Homes Dropped to Record Low in July  —  Sales of U.S. new homes unexpectedly dropped in July to the lowest level on record, signaling that even with cheaper prices and reduced borrowing costs the housing market is retreating.  —  Purchases fell 12 percent from June …
Discussion: The Page and Sweetness & Light
Alan Zibel / Associated Press:
Sales of new homes hit slowest pace on record  —  Unexpected 12.4 percent drop in July latest sign recovery is fading  —  WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month to the slowest pace on record, the latest sign that the economic recovery is fading.
Michigan added to list of states facing salmonella-related egg recall  —  No further egg recalls are expected.  The Egg Safety Center has a complete list of recalled eggs, their expiration dates, and brands.  Here are safety tips and a list of affected states.
Discussion: This Just In and The Agonist
William Neuman / New York Times:
U.S. Rejected Hen Vaccine Despite British Success
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.
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.
Schoolgirls and teachers sick from poison gas in Afghanistan  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Dozens of schoolgirls and teachers were sickened Wednesday by poison gas in Afghanistan, medical and government officials said.  —  The latest incident, this one at a high school …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
New York Times:
Job Losses Over Drilling Ban Fail to Materialize  —  WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration called a halt to virtually all deepwater drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon blowout and fire in April, oil executives, economists and local officials complained …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Green and Prairie Weather
US general: Afghan deadline ‘giving enemy sustenance’  —  General James Conway said troops in southern Afghanistan were likely to have to remain for a few years  —  A senior US general has warned President Barack Obama's deadline to begin pulling troops out of Afghanistan is encouraging the Taliban.
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.
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 and National Review
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg: Caring about Muslims is a hate crime against Real Americans
Associated Press:
Alvin Greene Kicked out of S.C. Restaurant  —  Democratic Senate Candidate Showed up at Party Meeting Uninvited, Cops Say, Prompting Officials to Call Police  —  (AP) Longshot U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was kicked out of a South Carolina restaurant after police say a woman accompanying …
Greene escorted from campaign event
Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
Obama assist crashes Jerry Brown's website [Updated]  —  An appeal by President Obama to his supporters seeking help for Jerry Brown's candidacy would seem like a godsend for the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.  —  But within minutes of Obama's e-mail, so many people clicked the link that Brown's website crashed.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Facebook deletes alleged North Korean accounts  —  Facebook took official precautions against two accounts thought to be maintained by the North Korean government but later discovered be run by regime supporters in China and Japan.  —  “If a person poses as a person or entity …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Ugly report on existing home sales is latest setback for Democrats  —  Democrats are finding little success in their nearly two-year campaign to ease the nation's housing woes.  —  Since coming into office, President Obama has undertaken a series of policy initiatives intended to stabilize home prices …
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Durable Goods Orders Rise Less Than Forecast in U.S.  —  Orders for U.S. durable goods increased less than forecast in July, a sign that one of the few remaining bright spots in the economy is cooling.  —  Bookings increased .3 percent, compared with the 3 percent median estimate …
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Intel CEO: U.S. faces looming tech decline
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Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
A record backlog in immigration courts
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Big Unions to Pool Money for Fall Elections
Mike Shepard / Political Economy:
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Avanbenschoten / Kentucky Politics:
Gov. Haley Barbour to headline Rand Paul fundraiser in NKY
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