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The Florida GOP is facing some serious problems in the wake of former health care executive Rick Scott's upset victory in Tuesday night's gubernatorial primary. As it stands now, the party and its voters face division, bad poll numbers, financial troubles and scandal -- and Scott starts the general election cycle trailing Democratic nominee Alex Sink.

Scott spent $50 million on the race to take down the party establishment's choice, state Attorney General Bill McCollum -- much of it on attack ads against McCollum. And so far, McCollum is not endorsing Scott. His campaign said that McCollum's endorsing Senate nominee Marco Rubio and other GOP candidates, but isn't mentioning Scott.

In fact, McCollum's written concession statement didn't even name Scott -- McCollum only acknowledged his own defeat, and thanked everyone who supported his campaign. "This race was one for the ages. No one could have anticipated the entrance of a multi-millionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records and spent more in four months than has ever been spent in a primary race here in Florida," McCollum wrote. "While I was disappointed with the negative tone of the race, I couldn't be more proud of our campaign and our supporters for fighting back against false and misleading advertising when we were down by double-digits."

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1||August 14: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama cheer on daughter Sasha's hole-in-one while playing miniature golf at Pirate's Island Golf in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Here are more pictures from August with the Obamas...||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||August 9: Obama jokingly puts his toe on the scale as Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, unaware of the president, weighs himself as the presidential entourage passed through the volleyball locker room at the University of Texas.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||August 6: The President visits with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in the Blue Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||August 13: President Obama greets Military Aide Lt. Col. Dave Kalinske and his family in the Oval Office, during Kalinske's departure ceremony.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||August 14: The President, the First Lady, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus hold a roundtable discussion with business owners and officials at the United States Coast Guard district office in Panama City, Florida.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||August 13: Obama delivers remarks during an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House. ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||August 15: The Obamas order ice cream at Bruster's in Panama City Beach, Florida.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||August 11: Obama talks with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in the Green Room of the White House, following the Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 signing ceremony.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||August 10: The President greets Ambassador Alieu Momodou Ngum, of Republic of The Gambia, and his family before the start of an ambassador credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||August 15: Barack and Sasha Obama steer the Bay Point Lady during a tour of St. Andrews Bay off Panama City Beach, Florida.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||August 5: Obama waits to be introduced at a luncheon for Illinois Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

12||August 3: The President talks with Members of Congress after signing the Fair Sentencing Act in the Oval Office. From left, Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

13||August 3: Obama and personal aide Reggie Love stand in a hallway of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House after dropping by an African Growth and Opportunity Act meeting.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

14||August 4: The President jokes with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), left, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) following lunch with Senators in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

15||August 15.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

Friends and classmates say Michael Enright, the 21-year-old aspiring filmmaker who was arraigned on a hate crimes charges this afternoon for allegedly slashing a NYC cab driver because he was a Muslim, had a serious drinking problem. But a representative of one of the country's predominant Muslim groups told TPMMuckraker that the incident should serve as a warning to those using inflammatory rhetoric about those who practice Islam.

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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.

"We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle -- one is going to have to win," Fleming said.

We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like western Europe and create, I guess really a godless society, an atheist society. Or we're going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation. So we're going to have to win that battle, we're going to have to solve that argument before we can once again reach across and work together on things.

Fleming contended that the Republicans might take 60 seats in November, and argued that the road to economic recovery is to rescind new banking regulations and make the Bush tax cuts permanent across the board. "We've got to change the way we do things," he said. "We need to restore the Bush tax cuts, or actually make them permanent. We need to cut the capital gains tax, we need to take regulations off the backs of business and allow banks to once again lend. And I got a strong feeling that our economy will snap back very quickly."

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This story is just begging for some sarcastic 'strange bedfellows' remark.

Last week World Net Daily made headlines after it announced it was dropping Ann Coulter at the keynote speaker at their "Taking Back America" conference following news that she would be headlining GOProud's Homocon 2010. WND CEO Joseph Farah expressed 'concern' that by appearing she was supporting the idea that "that sodomy is just an alternate lifestyle."

Ann Coulter responded in typical Coulter fashion by calling Farah variously as "swine" and a "publicity whore" and later called WND "fake Christians."

Caught up? The latest development, according to the Daily Caller, is that Farah has taken to radio shows hosted by gay personalities to further skewer Coulter. From the DC:

Farah appeared on The Steve Yuhas Show Sunday and then gave an interview to host Michelangelo Signorile on Sirius' gay themed channel, "OutQ" the next day. Farah told Signorile that he was fed up with the conservative movement, and criticized conservatives for embracing members of the gay community who share beliefs on issues like taxes, health care and the role of government. "This is my beef with conservatism: it's always losing ground," Farah told Signorile. "That's why I don't consider myself a conservative."

So Farah is quitting the conservative party (quitting appears to be the new getting a job). But his appearance on gay radio is in no way hypocritical nor similar to Coulter's appearance at GoProud. Here's why.

"Talking to homosexuals and engaging them on the issues of the day is one thing. Accepting paid speaking assignments from homosexual activist lobbying groups promoting same-sex marriage, open homosexuality in the U.S. military ranks and hate crimes legislation is quite different," Farah said in the email. "...I [do not] believe GOProud has a conservative agenda at all on taxes, health care and the role of government. GOProud is, as its chairman has stated, 100 percent about the promotion of a radical, anti-American, anti-freedom homosexual agenda."

One can only look forward to Coulter's appropriately sound-bitey (emphasis on bite) response.

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Michael Enright was arraigned this afternoon in Manhattan criminal court, but entered no plea for the three charges: attempted murder in the second degree as a hate crime, assault in the first degree as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

The judge ordered him held without bond. His next court date is Monday, Aug. 30.

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Morgan Stanley have published a report titled "Ask Not Whether Governments Will Default, But How" (via Zero Hedge) and while it makes some interesting points about who is going to get hit when sovereigns begin to exact "Financial Oppression" on creditors what we're most interested in is the discussion of debt to GDP ratios.

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Intersections International, the interfaith group "dedicated to promoting peace and understanding" between cultures which has a volunteer named Michael Enright, said today they hope their volunteer is not the same man who allegedly slashed a cab driver last night after asking if he was Muslim.

"I am deeply distressed if this is the Mike Enright that we know," the group's executive director, the Rev. Robert Chase, told TPMmuckraker.

"Especially, or sadly, ironic, is that our work is about building bridges between different faiths, different ethnicities, different cultures," Chase said. "This is exactly the opposite of what we stand for."

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