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6:50 PM ET, August 26, 2010


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Lawyer Says Alleged Cab Driver Stabber Was Not Motivated By Anti-Muslim Hate  —  Michael Enright, 21, Is Charged With Attempted Murder and Hate Crime For New York Knife Attack  —  The attorney for Michael Enright, the New York City college student charged with attempted murder as a hate crime …
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Drunk shouts ‘terrorists,’ urinates on mosque rugs  —  Some worry NYC mosque controversy could lead to more attacks  — 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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Another Failed Eliminationist Narrative
New York Post:
‘Drunk’ desecration at mosque
N. R. Kleinfield / New York Times:
Rider Asks if Cabby Is Muslim, Then Stabs Him
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.
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 …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Former G.O.P. Leader Says He Is Gay
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.
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 …
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 …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Honey, I Shrunk My Approval Ratings
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 …
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Comedy Gold: Moonwalking Idol Contestant Indicted for Terror  —  Best terrorism story evah?  It's like watching a real life Da Ali G show.  Only, you know, funny.  —  His name is Khuram Sher and apparently he's the third wheel in a pretty serious domestic terror plot in Canada:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
Third terror suspect was ‘Canadian Idol’ contestant
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Crist nightmare?  Rubio agrees to seven debates  —  Soon after Charlie Crist agreed to participate in an Oct. 24 debate presented by CNN and the St. Petersburg Times, Marco Rubio upped the ante by agreeing to that debate - and six more.  The first would be on NBC's Meet the Press Sept. 5.
Discussion: The Page
The Politico:
Party-less Charlie Crist faces harsh reality
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and NRSC
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.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck rally will be a measure of the tea party's strength
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.
Daniel Foster / National Review:
How Vindictive Is This Administration?  —  I'm not usually the conspiratorial type, but watch Gov. Chris Christie explain how the Obama administration disqualified the state of New Jersey from hundreds of millions in education funds because some clerk in Trenton turned in the wrong excel spreadsheet:
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Power Line
Blagojevich to be retried in 2011; charges dropped against brother  —  Chicago, Illinois (CNN) — Prosecutors have dismissed all four charges against Robert Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, defense attorney Michael Ettinger said Thursday.  —  “I was in shock and still am,” Ettinger said.
Discussion: Hot Air
Chicago Breaking News:
Charges dropped against Blago's brother ‘in interests of justice’
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPMMuckraker
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 …
Kristin Dos Santos / E! Online:
Exclusive: Bristol Palin Is Coming to Dancing With the Stars  —  It's the Dancing With the Stars casting that no one saw coming!  —  We can report to you exclusively that Sarah Palin's 19-year-old daughter Bristol Palin has been cast on the 11th season of DWTS, set to premiere Sept. 20, according to sources.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Mediaite, Hot Air, Gawker and GOP 12
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 …
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: GOP 12 and Riehl World View
Stephen Power / Washington Wire:
Obama Stance on Climate Suit Stuns Allies  —  The Obama administration has riled up environmental groups by siding with big utilities in a lawsuit over whether states can sue power plant operators for contributing to climate change.  —  It isn't that the Obama administration is in favor of unfettered emissions.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Climate Progress
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 …
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 …
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Bloomberg to headline fundraiser for Reid
Nicholas Confessore / City Room:
Paterson Misled Investigators Over Tickets, Report Says
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New York Times:
Save-the-Senator Program  —  Senator Blanche Lincoln …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trumka: Palin will ‘go down in history like McCarthy’
Gabriel Nelson / New York Times:
Obama Admin Urges Supreme Court to Vacate Greenhouse Gas ‘Nuisance’ Ruling
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 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Dark outlook for Midwestern Dems …
Irshad Manji / Wall Street Journal:
A Muslim Reformer on the Mosque
Discussion: Hot Air
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
Jason Pinter / The Huffington Post:
Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner Speak Out On Franzen Feud: HuffPost Exclusive
Discussion: The Awl, Politics Daily and Gawker
Stephen Prothero / CNN:
New York's Bloomberg: We are all Muslims