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1:45 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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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 / 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 …
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.
CNN:
TRENDING: Palin also a big winner Tuesday
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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: Pajamas Media
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Petraeus stays out of mosque debate
Discussion: D.C. Now
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 …
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Calculated Risk:
New Home Sales decline to Record Low in July
Discussion: FT Alphaville and Free exchange
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 …
Washington Post:
CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen  —  For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, CIA analysts see one of al-Qaeda's offshoots - rather than the core group now based in Pakistan - as the most urgent threat to U.S. security, officials said.
Discussion: The Nation and Reuters
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Weighs Expanded Strikes in Yemen
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
How the Minerals Management Service's partnership with industry led to failure  —  Two weeks after BP's Macondo well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government's Minerals Management Service finalized a regulation intended to control the undersea pressures that threaten deepwater drilling operations.
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.
CNN:
Pastor says armed militia to protect church during Quran-burning event  —  (CNN) — An armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will protect a church that is planning to host an “International Burn a Quran Day” on the ninth anniversary of September 11, the church's pastor said on Tuesday.
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Eduwonk and Cafe Hayek
New Jersey Online:
Error on ‘Race to the Top’ application costs N.J. $400M in federal funds
Discussion: The Hill
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
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CNN:
Schoolgirls and teachers sick from poison gas in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Unions to Pool Money for Fall Elections
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ProPublica:
After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters
Los Angeles Times:
Islamophobia?  Not really  —  The supposed anti-Muslim backlash …
Discussion: Salon, The Mahablog and National Review