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4:30 PM ET, August 26, 2010

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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 …
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The Politico:
Democrats privately fear House prospects worsening
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Dark outlook for Midwestern Dems …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
How Ken Mehlman's ‘open secret’ stayed hidden  —  Ken Mehlman says he only recently concluded that he's gay.  The media seems to have reached that conclusion years ago.  —  The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz is one of several journalists to quickly follow up on Mehlman's announcement Wednesday …
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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.
South Union Street:
Eggs and Issues: Bright's Comments about Pelosi Draw Laughter  —  U.S. Congressman Bobby Bright, the first-term Democrat and former mayor of Montgomery, 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.
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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.
msnbc.com:
Drunk shouts ‘terrorists,’ urinates on mosque rugs  —  Some worry NYC mosque controversy could lead to more attacks  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  NEW YORK — In the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim incidents over the last two days, an intoxicated man entered a mosque …
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New York Post:
‘Drunk’ desecration at mosque
Michael Grunwald / Time:
How the Stimulus Is Changing America  —  New juice Obama, right, tours a huge solar array in Nevada.  Catching rays is easy; storing and shipping solar energy is harder.  —  John Locher / Getty Images  —  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — President Obama's $787 billion stimulus …
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Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Stimulus assessments overly optimistic
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Honey, I Shrunk My Approval Ratings
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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican lawyer heads to Alaska for Lisa Murkowski  —  Alaska attorney Joe Miller leads Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state's Republican Senate primary.  AP photo  —  Sean Cairncross, the general counsel of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is headed to Alaska at the request …
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
WATCH: Glenn Beck's egomania reaching comical proportions  —  At long last, Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” self-aggrandizement festival is almost upon us.  In Beck's words, the rally will mark a “turning point” in American history, where “miracles” will happen.
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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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
President Obama, It's Time to Can the Catfood Commission … Pete Peterson, the hedge fund billionaire who made his money by not paying his fair share of taxes, has pursued a decades-long quest to destroy Social Security and has pledged $1 billion to achieve that goal.
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Embattled Democrat Joins Call for Treasury Secretary Geithner To Go  —  First it was House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, making his pitch to the electorate to be made House speaker in part by calling for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to be fired.  —  Now embattled Democrats are getting into the act.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Perriello supports call for Geithner's ouster
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barbour hits speaking circuit for RGA [UPDATED]  —  It's quite unusual for sitting elected officials to give paid speeches, and even a party official, Michael Steele, raised eyebrows for cashing in on his position.  —  But Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is on the speaking circuit …
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 …
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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: NRSC and Taegan Goddard's …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New Reid ad: Sharron Angle is a dangerous maniac  —  Okay, that headline is an exaggeration, but not much of one.  Harry Reid's latest ad strings together a host of Angle-isms to paint her as, well, a dangerous psychopath:  —  What's interesting is that even though Angle did say all these things …
Ted Mann / The Day newspaper:
Dead wrestler's father blasts McMahon, WWE  —  ‘Lance Cade’ saga underscores issue of wrestling empire  —  Harley McNaught was planning to stay silent and grieve.  Then he saw what Linda McMahon said about his dead son.  —  McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama in the Swing States  —  Barack Obama expanded the map in 2008 but for the most part you're still going to find Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania as the most important states at the Presidential level because of their size and competitiveness and Obama's numbers in those places right now are brutal.
Discussion: Riehl World View and GOP 12
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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