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6:45 AM ET, September 1, 2010

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Fox News:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race to Tea Party Candidate  —  In a major upset, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has conceded her GOP Senate primary race to Tea Party Express favorite Joe Miller, who had the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  “I don't see a scenario in which the primary …
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William Yardley / New York Times:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Defeat  —  ANCHORAGE — Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska conceded late Tuesday in her Republican primary race against Joe Miller, a lawyer from Fairbanks who was backed by Tea Party activists, Sarah Palin and other conservatives.
Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski concedes GOP Senate race to Miller  —  Incumbent Lisa Murkowski has conceded to challenger Joe Miller in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.  —  Speaking at a news conference broadcast on live television from her campaign headquarters in Anchorage, Murkowski said …
Discussion: TPMDC
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Counting of absentee ballots begins  —  From Sean Cockerham at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage —  Joe Miller's lead over Lisa Murkowski just grew slighly with absentee and questioned ballots from the Mat-Su.  —  Miller now leads Mukowski by 1,460 votes.
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race
Discussion: Salon and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Publius / Big Government:
Joe Miller Set to Win Alaska Senate Primary
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Washington Wire
Kkeckcnn / CNN:   Murkowski concedes Alaska GOP Senate primary
CNN:
Murkowski campaign: We could know tonight
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN: Murkowski considering conceding Alaska race? …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Murkowski concedes GOP Senate race in Alaska
Discussion: Macsmind and iOwnTheWorld.com
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Lisa Murkowski Faces Her Fate
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
President Obama's Oval Office speech on Iraq — text  —  Oval Office Remarks by President Obama, as provided by the White House  —  Good evening.  Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “nobody-could-have-known” excuse and Iraq  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The predominant attribute of American elites is a refusal to take responsibility for any failures.  The favored tactic for accomplishing this evasion is the “nobody-could-have-known” excuse.
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Obama's Iraq Speech  —  One way or another, Absolut Victory will be declared tonight.  —  4:53PM Tonight, after 18 tumultuous months in office, President Obama faces his toughest challenge yet: To claim credit in Iraq without driving a thankful nation to laughter and tears, but mostly laughter.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Sister Toldjah
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Note to My Fellow Hawks  —  President Obama opposed the war in Iraq.  He still thinks it was a mistake.  It's therefore unrealistic for supporters of the war to expect the president to give the speech John McCain would have given, or to expect President Obama to put the war in the context we would put it in.
Discussion: National Review and Swampland
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Barack Obama: ‘Turn the page’
Discussion: The Swamp, CNN and Politics
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama declares it's time to turn page on America's combat mission in Iraq
Discussion: Reuters, Gawker, CNN and The Reaction
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama on Iraq, and the economy
Discussion: The Foundry
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” Rally Crowd Estimate Explained  —  As part of our coverage of Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” rally Saturday, CBS News commissioned the company AirPhotosLive.com to offer an independent estimate of how many people showed up for the event.
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
In Sean Hannity's World, There Was No Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally  —  Bill O'Reilly spent his entire show Monday night talking about Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally.  Fox & Friends talked about it.  So did Megyn Kelly, and Bret Baier, and Greta Van Susteren.  But Sean Hannity didn't mention it.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Libtalker: I Could EASILY Out-Draw Glenn Beck!  —  GREEN WITH ED-VY  —  Libtalker Burning Up Over Rally Turnout Figure  —  In the insecure world of show business, there's nothing worse than the feeling of being upstaged.  That's why for libtalker Ed Schultz, the thought …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ed Schultz: I could draw 300,000 people to the Mall like Beck did
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Glenn Beck Is Not Malcolm X.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Did Democrats Get Here?  —  We talked this morning about the Democrats' poor electoral position — already shaky, it is probably now deteriorating further — but we haven't talked as much about why they're in this predicament.  This is for a good reason: once you get past the premise …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Health Care Bill Nobody Wants to Talk About
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Jo Piazza / Fox News:
John Cusack Calls for ‘Satanic Death’ of Fox News, GOP Leaders  —  During the 2008 election, Cusack spoke out against John McCain for MoveOn.org.  —  Actor John Cusack went on a caustic Twitter rampage Sunday evening, attacking former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Fox News.
The Huffington Post:
Steve Schmidt, Former McCain Campaign Chief, On Mehlman Fundraiser: Same-Sex Marriage Becoming Conservative Cause  —  What's Your Reaction: … A major same-sex marriage fundraiser hosted by former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman and other Republicans provides one of the sharpest illustrations …
 
 
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CNN:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
3 Congressmen May Face Further Inquiry
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