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2:40 PM 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.
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
On Ken Mehlman  —  The announcement that former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman is gay is garnering a fair amount of attention in the political world.  —  I suppose that's predictable.  He is, after all, the most powerful Republican ever to identify himself as gay.
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Dark outlook for Midwestern Dems …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Conservative Dem lawmaker jokes about Speaker Pelosi dying
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.
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.
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 …
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Stimulus assessments overly optimistic
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Honey, I Shrunk My Approval Ratings
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Perriello joins in call for Geithner's ouster
Discussion: Weigel
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 …
Trending: Union president slams Palin on her home turf
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 in pursuit of that goal.
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 …
Stephen Prothero / CNN:
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
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
New York Times:
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.  —  Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration …
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.
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 …
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