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A Bessemer, Ala., mayoral candidate put a picture of her and Coach Saban on a campaign poster. It looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.The city council member of the suburb of Birmingham is running for mayor, and you know what they say about Alabama politics: Roll Tide, Roll to victory at the polls. (I don't know. They probably say that.)






So Dorothy Davidson had the above photo printed up, slapped on her campaign flyers, and handed out around town. Who could say no to voting for a woman that has Nick Saban standing beside her? Well, standing behind her, really. Actually, we're not really clear on the depth perceptions and focal lengths at play here. Something seems odd. By odd, we of course mean photoshopped. The Birmingham News did a little legwork, and found this three-year-old photo of Saban, giving a ringing endorsement to his wife.



Davidson's campaign manager insists the endorsement was real, and that the University gave permission to alter the photo. The athletics department says Saban doesn't do political endorsements, and that they've never heard from this crazy lady who claims she's Nick Saban's favorite future mayor.





Photoshop is a wonderful tool, isn't it? The imagination boggles at the candidates who could receive an endorsement from Saban via this method...(First commenter to photoshop him with Ahmadinejad gets a star.)

Bessemer mayoral candidate Dorothy Davidson claims Nick Saban endorsement, passing out fliers with altered photo [Birmingham News]

The original version of the story appears here: http://deadspin.com/5615787/alabama-candidate-uses-horrible-photoshop-to-gain-nick-sabans-endorsement

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The new Quinnipiac poll of the Florida Senate race shows independent Gov. Charlie Crist continuing to lead Republican Marco Rubio -- and the ex-GOPer Crist is picking up more Democratic voters than the actual Dem candidates.

The poll has Crist leading Rubio by 39%-32%, with Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek far behind at 16%. With businessman Jeff Greene as the Dem nominee, Crist leads Rubio Greene by 40%-32%-15%. The survey of registered voters has a ±3% margin of error. In the previous Quinnipiac poll from three weeks ago, Crist led Rubio and Meek by 39%-33%-13%, and he led Rubio and Greene by 37%-32%-17%.

From the pollster's analysis: "Crist is getting more support from Democrats than either Greene or Meek. The key for Crist will be whether he can hold this many Democrats once the party's nomination is settled and keep his half of the independent voters."

The TPM Poll Average has Crist leading Rubio and Meek by 36.0%-33.8%-16.8%, and Crist leading Rubio and Greene by 38.0%-33.9%-15.9%.

The Florida primary is August 24.

The number of Americans who say President Obama is a Muslim has nearly doubled since March 2009, according to a new poll from Pew out today. The poll finds that 18% of Americans say the president -- who, it should be said for the record, is a practicing Christian -- is a Muslim. That's up from 11% who said the same thing in March of last year.

At the same time, a new poll from Time magazine shows a widespread distrust of Islam among Americans, and an overwhelming opposition to the Cordoba House project in Manhattan. The Time poll also found that 24% of Americans say Obama is a Muslim.

No group is more convinced of the president's Muslim faith than conservative Republicans. The Pew poll found 34% of them say Obama is a Muslim, which is an increase from 18% in the March 2009 survey. The number is not that much different from Republicans overall -- 31% of all Republicans surveyed by Pew said Obama practices Islam, and 24% of "moderate and liberal" members of the GOP said the same thing.

But the mistaken view of Obama's faith is up among Democrats, too. Ten percent of Democrats surveyed said Obama is a Muslim, up from 7% in March 2009. The breakdown of those numbers: 12 percent of "conservative and moderate" Democrats say Obama is Muslim (up from 9% last year) and 6% of liberal Democrats do (up from 5%).

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AP Poll: BP Image Recovering From Spill, Still Low The Associated Press reports: "BP's image, which took an ugly beating after the Gulf oil spill, is recovering since the company capped the well, though the oil giant's approval level is still anything but robust. A majority of Americans still aren't convinced it is safe to eat seafood from parts of the Gulf or swim in its waters, a new AP poll shows."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart from the White House at 12:35 p.m. ET, and depart form Andrews Air Force Base at 12:50 p.m. ET. He will arrive at 2 p.m. ET in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and will arrive at 2:15 p.m. ET in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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Somewhere between approving a massive tax cut plan with an expiration date and President Obama's election, Republicans seem to have decided that it's Obama's fault the tax cuts aren't permanent.

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS this week detailed the "seven public policy initiatives" that will be most important for Congress next year. The group runs ads against Democrats across the country.

On the list at No. 1: "Stop the Obama tax hike time bomb scheduled to detonate on January 1, 2011."

That's not a typo. Rove's group is claiming that Obama set the timer on that so-called "bomb."

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It seemed like a brilliant idea: provide a way for tea party-conscious consumers and tea party-sympathetic businesses to join forces and, well, support their local tea party. It ended in disaster, hurt feelings and more than a few accusations of flim-flammery.

Over the past week or so, the Dayton Daily News has been cataloging the rise and fall of the Tea Party Exchange, one Ohio tea party leader's plan to use capitalism to the movement's favor. The plan was simple: tea party supporters in Ohio would obtain a "TPX-Great American card" which entitled them to discounts at participating businesses who agreed to share some of their profits with a local tea party group. The Exchange tweeted on June 20 that it was up and running. Here's how it worked, according to the paper on Aug. 13:

The TPX card is "similar to a customer-loyalty card consumers can attach to key rings -- and show it at a participating business can get a discount on the company's services. The local merchant then gives 5 percent of the sale revenue to the local Tea party chapter to help fund rallies."


The man behind the plan is Donald Hutchinson, a "human resources consultant" who said he planned to debut the Exchange system at the big September tea party rally in DC. Ohio was meant to be "the test market" for the program, according to what's left of the Tea Party Exchange website.

It appears that things didn't work out the way Hutchinson planned.

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An investigation into whether any officials from the U.S. Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement improperly disclosed the legal status of the aunt of then-Sen. Barack Obama shortly before the 2008 election will come to a conclusion shortly, TPMMuckraker has learned.

The Office of Professional Responsibility at ICE is expected to make a recommendation in the coming days and weeks, a Department of Homeland Security official speaking on condition of anonymity told TPMMuckraker.

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The Democratic National Committee raised $11.5 million in the month of July and has nearly $11 million the bank with less than three months to go before the crucial midterm elections. TPM has learned that DNC Chairman Tim Kaine will announce the fundraising figures later today at the party's meeting in St. Louis.

A Democratic official offered an early preview: $11.5 million raised, $10.8 million cash on hand and $3.5 million in debt. It's the second best month of the cycle, and the official believes it will be the fifth consecutive month the DNC outraised the RNC.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Wednesday urged the Department of Justice to investigate last year's efforts by the White House to convince Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) to abandon his Senate campaign against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA).

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Steele wrote that the public had "heard several different versions of whether or not Congressman Joe Sestak was offered a job or appointment if he were to forgo his campaign for the United States Senate," CNN reported.

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Another very prominent Democrat now says the planned Cordoba House Muslim community center in New York City should be moved away from the vicinity of Ground Zero: Former Democratic National Committee chairman and ex-presidential candidate Howard Dean.

"I've gotta believe there has to be a compromise here," Dean said during a radio interview. "This isn't about the right of Muslims to have a worship center, or Jews or Christians or anybody else to have a place to worship, or any place around Ground Zero. This is something we ought to be able to work out with people of good faith. And we have to understand that it is a real affront to people who've lost their lives -- including Muslims. That site doesn't belong to any particular religion, it belongs to all Americans and all faiths. So I think a good, reasonable compromise could be worked out, without violating the principle that people ought to be able to worship as they see fit."

Dean said that after having met so many objections, the center should be moved somewhere else, but that this should be done with the cooperation of its organizers. He also said: "I think it's great to have mosques in American cities. There's a growing number of American Muslims. I think most of those Muslims are moderate. I hope that they'll have an influence on Islam throughout the world, because Islam is really back in the 12th century in some of these countries like Iran and Afghanistan where they're stoning people to death. And that can be fixed. And the way it's fixed is not by pushing Muslims away, it's by embracing them and have them become just like every other American -- Americans who happen to be Muslims."

Perhaps Dean is right, and the Muslim center could be moved to South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, North Dakota, or New Mexico. Or it could go to California or Texas, or somewhere else in New York. Or perhaps it could go to South Dakota, or Oregon, or Washington or Michigan -- or even to Washington, D.C. Yeah.

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