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3:10 PM ET, August 27, 2010

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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Miller says he is concerned Murkowski will ‘pull an Al Franken’  —  Joe Miller, the Republican candidate who is poised to knock off Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in a primary contest, said Thursday he is concerned she will launch a protracted legal battle to save her seat.
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
More than 20,000 ballots left untallied  —  CONSIDERING OPTIONS: There's a chance Murkowski could run as a Libertarian if Miller beats her.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  The Alaska Division of Elections said Thursday that it has more than 20,000 absentee and questioned ballots left to process from Tuesday's primary election.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Palin Goes Rogue: Who's The Rube, Now, Murkowski?
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Miller: NRSC should be on ‘sidelines’
Discussion: The Page
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie fires N.J. schools chief Bret Schundler  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie fired state education commissioner Bret Schundler this morning after Schundler refused to resign in the wake of the controversy over the state's loss of up to $400 million in federal school funding, two officials briefed on the situation said.
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Lisa Fleisher / New Jersey Online:
Schundler requested firing instead of resignation so he can collect unemployment  —  TRENTON — Ousted state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler today said he asked Gov. Chris Christie to be fired from the work he considered his “life's dream,” rather than resign, so he could receive unemployment benefits to pay his bills.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Schundler Asked to be Fired
Discussion: Hot Air
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Voters wish for other choices  —  Angle's backers indicate preference for another Republican  —  Nevadans would like a do-over.  —  Two-thirds of voters who say they back Sharron Angle wish another Republican had won the nomination, according to a poll …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle twice refuses to disavow claim that there are “domestic enemies” in Congress  —  In an interview with a conservative talk show host yesterday, Sharron Angle was given two clear chances to disavow the claim that there are “domestic enemies” within Congress, an assertion she previously expressed unequivocal agreement with.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
This Is Not a Recovery  —  What will Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, say in his big speech Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyo.?  Will he hint at new steps to boost the economy?  Stay tuned.  —  But we can safely predict what he and other officials will say about where we are right now …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Won't the Fed Inflate?  —  Kevin Drum has a roundup …
Discussion: EconLog
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Weak GDP raises stakes for Obama, Fed
John R. Parkison / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Spells KKK, Rights Leader Says  —  Black Leaders Outraged Over ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally  —  A civil rights activist and former congressman equated the Tea Party with the Ku Klux Klan today as he blasted a conservative rally planned in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
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Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
La Russa, Pujols will appear at Washington rally
Alveda King / Christian Science Monitor:
Glenn Beck 8/28 rally: It's a matter of honor
Discussion: Politics Daily and Townhall.com
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Muslims Give Obama Highest Job Approval; Mormons, Lowest  —  Jews and those with no religious affiliation also give Obama above-average ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Muslim Americans continue to give President Barack Obama the highest job approval rating of any major religious group in the U.S. …
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Charles M. Blow / By the Numbers:
Obama and the Jews, Part 2
msnbc.com:
Want to be class president?  Not if you're black, in one Miss. school  —  Mother moves her family after learning about segregation in class elections  —  If you're black and a student at one public middle school in Mississippi, you can't run for president - only whites need apply.
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Mississippi Middle School Segregates Student Government Officers …
Discussion: WCBI-TV and The Smoking Gun
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber  —  The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The last refuge of a liberal  —  Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed.  Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people.  But the people have proved so disappointing.  Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat.
NY Daily News:
Nicole John, daughter of US ambassador to Thailand Eric John, dies after falling at high-rise party  —  Nicole John (far left) fell 25 floors to her death Friday morning at the Herald Towers in midtown Manhattan.  John is the daughter of U.S. ambassador to Thailand, Eric John (below).
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Snapshot of economy about to get a lot bleaker  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is about to confirm what many people have felt for some time: The economy barely has a pulse.  —  The Commerce Department on Friday will revise its estimate for economic growth in the April-to-June period …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
The Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy  —  The annual meeting at Jackson Hole always provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the economic and financial developments of the preceding year, and recently we have had a great deal on which to reflect.  A year ago, in my remarks to this conference …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
DCCC threatens to cut off funding  —  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen sent a cold-blooded message Friday to under-performing party candidates: Get your act together, or you're on your own.  —  Facing a perilous political environment that has left …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Dem campaign chief blasts ‘conspiracy theories, rants’ on the right
Chris Pizzello / Associated Press:
Levi Johnston takes back his apology to Palin … ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandson, says he wishes he hadn't apologized for telling lies about the former Alaska governor because he's “never lied about anything.”  —  Johnston said in an interview on CBS' …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Among Democrats, economic pressures are changing tax-cut dynamics  —  With the economy rapidly weakening, some senior Democrats are having second thoughts about raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest families and are pressing party leaders to consider extending the full array …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Parent Model  —  During the first half of this year, German and American political leaders engaged in an epic debate.  American leaders argued that the economic crisis was so bad, governments should borrow billions to stimulate growth.  German leaders argued that a little short-term stimulus …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
GOP plans wave of White House probes  —  If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Official: “We Know He Needs to Be Out There to Talk About the Economy Next Week”  —  President Obama's golf-filled vacation in Martha's Vineyard neared its close on Friday with more bad news on the economic front, as the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysts revised …
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Opponents of same-sex marriage target Iowa judges  —  DES MOINES - Politics is as much a mainstay of the Iowa State Fair as the deep-fried food and the cows sculpted out of butter.  But the crowds searching for a remote corner under the grandstand this week were not headed for one of the presidential hopefuls who routinely drop by.
 
 
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