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11:40 AM ET, August 26, 2010


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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay  —  Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.  —  Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Former G.O.P. Leader Says He Is Gay  —  Ken Mehlman, President George W. Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has revealed to family and friends over the last few months that he is gay, he said in an interview Wednesday.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Tuesday's tutorial: a GOP too far right  —  Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection.  Democrats are not.  This vast gulf between the situations of the two parties — not some grand revolt against “the establishment” or “incumbents” — explains the year's primary results …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller's lead slims; Murkowski awaits absentees  —  Joe Miller's lead over U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski slightly narrowed to 1,668 votes with all the election precincts counted Wednesday.  A stunned Murkowski said she is not giving up hope until absentee ballots are counted starting next week.
Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Palin Foe Mulls Third-Party Run
CNN:   An unknown Democrat in the last frontier
The Politico:
Democrats privately fear House prospects worsening  —  Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day.
Hotline On Call:
Why Democrats Will Keep The House  —  House Republicans are measuring the drapes in preparation for big gains in the lower chamber, convinced that Minority Leader John Boehner is going to become the next Speaker of the House.  On a macro level, that wouldn't be a bad guess …
New York Post:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz goes bonkers  —  MSNBC talk show screamer Ed Schultz had a meltdown in the network's 30 Rock newsroom, shouting at staff, “I'm going to torch this [bleep]ing place.”  —  The hot-tempered anchor of “The Ed Show” lost it during a phone call in the packed studio and slammed down the phone before exploding.
N. R. Kleinfield / New York Times:
Rider Asks if Cabby Is Muslim, Then Stabs Him  —  It was the first fare of the cabdriver's shift.  A young man hailed him at the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street, wanting to go to 42nd and Second.  It was 6 p.m. on Tuesday; the traffic was dense.
New York Post:
‘Bigot’ slashes Muslim cabby
NY Daily News:
Muslim cab driver slashed by boozed-up bigot just back from filming …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Far From Ground Zero, Obscure Pastor Is Ignored No Longer  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If building an Islamic center near ground zero amounts to the epitome of Muslim insensitivity, as critics of the project have claimed, what should the world make of Terry Jones, the evangelical pastor here who plans …
Discussion: Guardian, ACS Blog, Gawker, The Lede and The Awl
For the Left, Opponents Cannot Have Decent Motives: The Ground Zero Example
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Union leader will blast Sarah Palin, calling her rhetoric ‘poisonous’  —  In a speech Thursday, a prominent labor official will blast former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) for recent anti-union rhetoric.  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a speech from Anchorage, Alaska …
CNN:   Union president slams Palin on her home turf
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck rally will be a measure of the tea party's strength  —  When Fox News and talk radio host Glenn Beck comes to Washington this weekend to headline a rally intended to “restore honor” to America, he will test the strength - and potentially expose the weaknesses …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Tea Party Group Hit With Death Threats  —  One of Washington's principal supporters of the Tea Party movement, former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, has been receiving death threats and profanity-laced phone calls as it gets involved in the fall elections.
The Politico:
Party-less Charlie Crist faces harsh reality  —  WEST MIAMI, Fla. — First, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was supposed to be the Republican nominee for Senate.  Then he seemed on track to be the de facto Democratic candidate.  Now, following Rep. Kendrick Meek's victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Stephen Prothero / CNN:
TRENDING: New York's Bloomberg: We are all Muslims  —  Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of “God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World,” is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.  —  By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN
South Union Street:
Eggs and Issues: Bright's Comments about Pelosi Draw Laughter  —  U.S. Congressman Bobby Bright was heard having a little fun at U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's expense during his recent participation in the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues.
Todd Starnes:
Is “Happy Birthday” Song Insensitive?  —  A ban on singing “Happy Birthday” lasted all of four days at Chesterfield Elementary School in Missouri after angry parents bombarded the school with complaints.  —  “Singing is not permitted due to the sensitivity of all student beliefs,” …
Tad DeHaven / Cato @ Liberty:
Government's Unwelcome Economic Distortions  —  A couple of weeks ago, David Boaz discussed the Old Testament story in which the people of Israel ask Samuel for a king to rule over them.  God's instructions to Samuel can be summed up as “tell them to be careful of what you wish for.”
New York Times:
Key Karzai Aide in Corruption Inquiry Is Linked to C.I.A.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.
Kathleen Lucadamo / NY Daily News:
Forget the Obama slam: Rep. Charles Rangel is now President's BFF  —  Rep. Charles Rangel calls himself one of President Obama's ‘best friends.’  —  Two days after ripping President Obama, Rep. Charles Rangel took a more respectful tone on Wednesday night, calling himself one of Obama's “best friends.”
New York Times:
Kim Jong-il Leaves North Korea as Carter Visits  —  SEOUL, South Korea — A special train believed to be carrying the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, entered China around midnight on Wednesday, South Korean officials said, setting off speculation over what might have compelled him to travel …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
LA GOPer: November A Choice Between An Atheist Society And A Christian Nation  —  Appearing before the Republican Women of Bossier with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) cast the November elections as a choice between godlessness and Christianity.  He also called bipartisanship impossible.
Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Anthem Blue Cross is allowed to move ahead with rate hikes  —  State regulators find that the firm's proposal meets the requirement that 70% of premiums go for medical care.  As a result, they can't stop the increases, which average 14%.  Blue Shield also is cleared to raise its rates.
Discussion: NPR Topics and AMERICAblog News
Jason Pinter / The Huffington Post:
Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner Speak Out On Franzen Feud: HuffPost Exclusive  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  With the publication of Jonathan Franzen's fourth novel, Freedom, which was extensively covered in the New York Times while Franzen himself appeared on the cover of TIME magazine …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Gawker
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
In the Mideast, the peace process is only a mirage
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David Nowak / Associated Press:
Putin fires darts at gray whale from crossbow
Dionne Searcey / Law Blog:
Weight Discrimination Suit at Hooters Proceeds
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Stimulus assessments overly optimistic
Discussion: Hot Air, Time and Riehl World View
New York Times:
Despite Reform, Banks Have Room for Risky Deals
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CBS New York:
Letterman Knocks Obama For Latest Vacation
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and American Glob
David Martin / CBS News:
C.I.A. Drones May Target Yemen Terrorists
Discussion: Hot Air
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Quayle surprises even himself
Discussion: CNN
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Another ‘Moderate’ GZ Mosque Supporter Can't Bring Himself …
Paul Krugman:
Fire Alan Simpson