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1:55 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 …
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
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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Eric Lach / TPMMuckraker:
NYPD Charges Man With Hate Crime After He Allegedly Stabbed Muslim Cab Driver  —  The New York Police Department has confirmed to TPM that a cab driver in Manhttan was allegedly stabbed by a passenger who asked if the cabbie was Muslim, and says the incident is being treated as a hate crime.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:   ‘Are You Muslim?’: Passenger Stabs NYC Muslim Cab Driver
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care suits didn't save AGs
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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The Huffington Post:
Enough with the Pink Panthers Bit  —  What's Your Reaction: … Today is the first meeting of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  Some of us have been paying very close attention to the discourse leading up to this momentous occasion.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Romney: Sylvester Stallone is ‘right,’ the U.S. ‘does apologize too much’  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. and potential 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney (R) took a cue Wednesday from Sylvester Stallone when he tweeted: “Stallone is right.  US does apologize too much.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
New Jersey Online:
Error on ‘Race to the Top’ application costs N.J. $400M in federal funds  —  TRENTON — After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of receiving “Race to the Top” funding, in part because of an error …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Daniels draws a contrast with Palin
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Eduwonk and Cafe Hayek
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
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CNN:
Schoolgirls and teachers sick from poison gas in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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ProPublica:
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Los Angeles Times:
Islamophobia?  Not really  —  The supposed anti-Muslim backlash …
Discussion: Salon, The Mahablog and National Review