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Afternoon Fix: Palin to Iowa in September; Pawlenty orders state to decline federal health care cash

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* Businessman Bud Chiles (I) is reportedly calling supporters to tell them he's ending his Florida gubernatorial bid and is expected to withdraw from the race on Thursday.

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has ordered all state agencies not to submit applications for any federal funding related to the national health care overhaul. The DNC shot back in a release that Pawlenty's directive to state employees "might as well have read, 'You will henceforth work for my Presidential ambitions instead of the people of Minnesota.'"

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is up with a new TV ad hitting former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) for saying that she wouldn't have voted to extend unemployment benefits.

* Crossroads GPS, the 501(c)4 arm of the conservative group American Crossroads, is up with a new TV ad tying Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) to President Obama and the national health care overhaul.


* At 8 p.m. Eastern, Obama delivers his Oval Office address marking the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq. The Fix will be live-blogging it here. And The Post's Dan Balz will be online at 8:30 p.m. to field questions here.

* The Alaska ballot count continues. Final results won't be available for some time, but today's count should give a good idea of whether Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) stands a chance of overcoming attorney Joe Miller's (R) lead. With about 5,300 ballots counted today, Murkowski has gained 208 votes and trails by 1,460.

* Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) hold their first Senate debate tomorrow evening at 10 p.m. Eastern. C-SPAN will be carrying it live. Will Boxer continue her effort to turn Fiorina's "so yesterday" comment against her?

* Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine holds an event with gubernatorial nominee and former Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow - on the heels of a new poll showing Dayton tied with state Rep. Tom Emmer (R).


It's Traficant time.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | August 31, 2010; 5:34 PM ET
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