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1:05 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
TRENDING: Palin also a big winner Tuesday  —  Palin campaigned with John McCain in March, one of the three statewide candidates she backed ahead of Tuesday who went on to win their race.  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin's endorsement slump has come to a screeching halt, with all three …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Murkowski on the Ropes in Alaska Senate Primary
Discussion: TPMDC, Weigel and Sweetness & Light
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sink starts out ahead  —  Rick Scott's an unpopular candidate with a divided party and because of that Alex Sink begins the general election for Governor in Florida with a 7 point lead.  Sink has 41% to 34% for Scott and 8% for Bud Chiles.  —  Sink is doing well because she has a higher degree …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care suits didn't save AGs
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:   ‘Are You Muslim?’: Passenger Stabs NYC Muslim Cab Driver
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.
The Huffington Post:
Enough with the Pink Panthers Bit
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, TPMDC and Firedoglake
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 …
Calculated Risk:
New Home Sales decline to Record Low in July
Discussion: Free exchange and FT Alphaville
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Petraeus stays out of mosque debate  —  America's top commander in Afghanistan is staying out of the debate raging back home over a proposed Islamic community center and mosque to be constructed blocks from Ground Zero.  —  David Petraeus, speaking with Fox News Channel's Jennifer Griffin …
Discussion: D.C. Now
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
ObamaCare Threatens College Health Plans  —  Kaiser Health News reports that those cheap, stripped down college health plans offered to students may be imperiled by Obamacare: … (H/T Jonathan Adler)  —  I imagine that the administration has been blindsided by this one.
Flathead Beacon:
Libby Residents Relate Gains, Drawbacks of Asbestos Aid
William Neuman / New York Times:
U.S. Rejected Hen Vaccine Despite British Success  —  Faced with a crisis more than a decade ago in which thousands of people were sickened from salmonella in infected eggs, farmers in Britain began vaccinating their hens against the bacteria.  That simple but decisive step virtually wiped out the health threat.
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.
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 …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Top Marine Says Afghan Deadline May Help Taliban  —  WASHINGTON — The commandant of the Marine Corps said Tuesday that President Obama's July 2011 deadline to begin American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan was “probably giving our enemy sustenance.”  —  The remark was by far …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Indecision Forever
US general: Afghan deadline ‘giving enemy sustenance’
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 …
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 …
After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters  —  This story was reported by Sabrina Shankman and Tom Jennings of Frontline, Brendan McCarthy and Laura Maggi of The New Orleans Times-Picayune and A.C. Thompson of ProPublica  —  In the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina …
Discussion: Shakesville and TPMMuckraker
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
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Where Are the New Jobs?  —  “Corporate profits are soaring.  Companies are sitting on billions of dollars of cash.  And still, they've yet to amp up hiring or make major investments.”  —  So writes The Washington Post about the recession's stubborn refusal to go away.
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