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9:35 PM ET, August 26, 2010


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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 …
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
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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Another Failed Eliminationist Narrative
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
NY official: Stabbing suspect had war journals
New York Post:
‘Drunk’ desecration at mosque
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 …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Meet Joe Miller: The Alaska Tea Partier Who Has Dems Licking Their Lips  —  If Joe Miller ultimately prevails in Alaska's Republican primary and unseats Sen. Lisa Murkowski, you can expect the Democratic Party to go after him with gusto and paint him as an extremist.
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Miller: NRSC ‘meddling’ in Alaska race
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.
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
An Irksome Arrangement: Glenn Beck Uses Charitable Donations To Pay For Restoring Honor Rally  —  This Saturday, the polarizing Fox News pundit Glenn Beck is hosting his Restoring Honor Rally in Washington, DC.  Even though conservative celebrity and “potential 2012 presidential candidate” …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck rally will be a measure of the tea party's strength
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
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 …
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
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:
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
Third terror suspect was ‘Canadian Idol’ contestant
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
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.
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:
Eleison Group:
National Church Leaders Condemn Misrepresentations of President Obama's Christian Faith  —  Washington, DC (August 25, 2010)—Over 70 prominent Christian leaders and denominational heads from across the ideological spectrum joined together today to call for a stop to the misrepresentation of President Obama's Christian faith.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trumka: Palin will ‘go down in history like McCarthy’  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, speaking to the Alaska AFL-CIO in Anchorage today, will take a swipe at Palin for her employment of the term “union thugs,” according to prepared remarks.  —  Palin, he said, has come …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Union leader will blast Sarah Palin, calling her rhetoric ‘poisonous’
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 …
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
Nathan Burchfiel /
Chris Cuomo: Christians Shouldn't Condemn Jihad Because of Crusades  —  Is it a case of removing the plank from your own eye before removing the speck from your brothers - or political correctness run amok?  —  In a tweet Aug. 26, ABC “20/20” anchor Chris Cuomo told his 987,000 followers …
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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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Bloomberg to headline fundraiser for Reid
Nicholas Confessore / City Room:
Paterson Misled Investigators Over Tickets, Report Says
New York Times:
Save-the-Senator Program  —  Senator Blanche Lincoln …
Stephen Power / Washington Wire:
Obama Stance on Climate Suit Stuns Allies
Discussion: Wonk Room and Climate Progress
Gabriel Nelson / New York Times:
Obama Admin Urges Supreme Court to Vacate Greenhouse Gas ‘Nuisance’ Ruling
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Discussion: Economist's View
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New Reid ad: Sharron Angle is a dangerous maniac
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Embattled Democrat Joins Call for Treasury Secretary Geithner To Go
Irshad Manji / Wall Street Journal:
A Muslim Reformer on the Mosque
Discussion: Hot Air
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Building a Nation of Know-Nothings