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Danny Tarkanian, the businessman and former UNLV basketball player who lost the Republican Senate primary in Nevada to Sharron Angle, is getting back in the game to campaign against Senate Majority Leader Reid.

Tarkanian came in third place in the June 8 primary with 23% of the vote, behind Angle at 40% and Sue Lowden with 26%. Now he has set up a new committee, called "1001 Reasons to Vote Against Harry Reid," and a web site called He said in a statement: "The voters of Nevada are hard working, smart people. I believe that once they are presented with the facts, they will say 'No' to Sen. Reid's cynical spin and elect someone new to represent our great state in the U.S. Senate."

Interestingly, this comes after Tarkanian's mother, Lois Tarkanian, revealed after the primary that she is a Democrat and is now campaigning for Reid against Angle.

The TPM Poll Average currently puts Reid ahead of Angle by 46.4%-43.8%.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a new TV ad attacking his Republican opponent Sharron Angle -- and rolling a whole bunch of her crazy statements into one theme.

"What do you call a candidate who says the way things are going, the time may be coming for Second Amendment remedies -- an armed response to our government?" the announcer says. "Who says a teenage rape victim should be forced to have the baby? Who proposed a Scientology massage program for prisoners? And who says that Medicare and Social Security violate the Ten Commandments? What do you call that candidate? Extreme. Sharron Angle -- just too extreme."

The TPM Poll Average currently puts Reid ahead by 46.4%-43.8%.

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Jon Stewart reported on the Arizona Republican primary last night, and described how Sen. John McCain managed to "hold off a challenge from flesh covered right-wing ventriloquist dummy J.D. Hayworth. Seen here en route to his all-puppet production of 'Guys and Dolls.'"

Stewart added: "McCain trounced Hayworth by standing strong on principle. Mainly the principle that he would like to die in his Senate seat."

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Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi was on the scene in Tennessee to report on local opposition to a planned mosque in Murfreesboro. "Opponents say building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero is simply too close," Mandvi said. "But did you know that 18,000 blocks is also too close?"

Mandvi found out that there was already a mosque in the town that had been there for about 30 years. So he asked a local Muslim woman: "Thirty years? What is taking so long? I mean, let's go people. I mean, you're not a sleeper cell. You're a comatose cell!"

When she contended that all they want is a place to worship, Mandvi replied: "A few good apples like you could really ruin it for the rest of us, you know that?"

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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. Miller (R-AK) seems to be a more polished candidate than his fellow GOP candidates Sharron Angle and Rand Paul in Nevada and Kentucky, respectively, but his positions on several issues are on par with theirs.

Among Miller's views: He wants to eliminate the Department of Education, believes the government shouldn't pay for unemployment insurance and says of climate change on his campaign site that it "may not even exist." Among the more mainstream GOP positions he's taken: Miller would cut welfare; eliminate health care for the poor by scrapping Medicaid; and the Anchorage Daily News reported that he has has called for sweeping cuts to Medicare and Social Security with a goal of phasing them out entirely in favor of total privatization.

Miller's strong performance in Tuesday's primary -- which will likely remain undecided through Sept. 8 until thousands of outstanding absentee ballots can be counted -- is seemingly thanks in large part to an abortion measure with which he shared the ballot. It forces minors to inform a parent before getting an abortion, and passed 55%-44%. Miller also opposed President Obama's decision to alter the Mexico City Policy (also known as the Global Gag Rule) to allow federal funding to go international NGOs that offer or make referrals for abortion to women abroad.

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Pastor Terry Jones' "International Burn a Koran Day" approaches! And surely his fear of Islam is based on a deep understanding of the Koran, right? Nope: "I have no experience with it whatsoever. I only know what the Bible says."
The Times' Damien Cave caught up with Pastor Jones at his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, where the he wore jean shorts and had a .40 caliber pistol strapped to his hip. In Jones' "dank, dark office" a poster from Braveheart hangs on the wall, along with a portrait of former President GW Bush. And just like fellow Freedom lovers William Wallace and Bush, Pastor Jones says he and his church are being persecuted. Oh, those poor, extremist right wing Christians. But this will not stop Jones from hosting his "International Burn a Koran Day" on September 11, because he needs to "send a message to Islam and the pushers of Shariah law: that it is not what we want."

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Trumka To Blast Palin's 'Poisonous' Rhetoric On Unions The Hill reports that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will deliver a speech today in Anchorage, Alaska, slamming former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) for anti-union rhetoric. "And down in Tyler, Texas, she's talking about -- and I quote -- 'union thugs.' What? Her husband's a union man. Is she calling him a thug? Sarah Palin ought to know what union men and women are," Trumka will say. "That's poisonous. There's history behind that rhetoric. That's how bosses and politicians in decades past justified the terrorizing of workers, the murdering of organizers."

Biden's Day Ahead Vice President Biden will travel this morning to Manchester, New Hampshire, to promote the stimulus program. He will deliver remarks at 11:15 a.m. ET, joined by Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter. Afterwards, he will return to Washington.

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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&&