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4:25 PM ET, September 2, 2010

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Associated Press:
Gulf oil platform explodes, burning off La. coast  —  GRAND ISLE, La. - An offshore petroleum platform exploded and was burning Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles off the Louisiana coast, west of the site where BP's undersea well spilled after a rig explosion.
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Coast Guard: Platform on fire in Gulf; 13 workers rescued  —  [Updated at 2:14 p.m.] For continuing coverage of the incident involving a production platform on fire in the Gulf read the full story here.  —  [Updated at 2:08 p.m.] U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Elizabeth Bordelon tells CNN …
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
iReport: Did you see the explosion?  Share images  —  [Updated at 12:31 p.m.] All thirteen people aboard a production platform that exploded in the Gulf are accounted for and safely on a commercial vessel according to initial information, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
WDSU-TV:
Oil Rig Explodes In Gulf Of Mexico  —  13 Workers Accounted For; At Least 1 Injured  —  NEW ORLEANS — At least one person was injured after a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay, the U.S. Coast Guard said.  —  It happened around 9 a.m. …
Leslie Eaton / Wall Street Journal:
Oil Platform Fire Still Burning in Gulf
msnbc.com:
Mile-long sheen after Gulf oil platform explodes
Discussion: Wonkette
WWL-TV:
Coast Guard: Mile-long sheen spreading from burning platform
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:   BREAKING: Another rig catches fire in the Gulf
CNN:
Workers safe after oil platform fire
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dept. of stage fright  —  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's opening statement in last night's debate reflects either an amazing lack of preparation, or sheer panic.  —  (The video caption isn't mine.)
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BREWER'S PAINFULLY LONG PAUSES.... I've seen politicians freeze on the air when confronted with a tough question for which they're unprepared, but going blank during a debate's opening statement?  This is a new one.  —  Ben Smith reported, “Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's opening statement …
Discussion: Think Progress and Balloon Juice
CNN:
Brewer takes heat for not addressing beheading claim
Discussion: Washington Post
FOX 10 News:
Brewer, Goddard Exchange Blows in Debate
Arizona Republic:
Brewer, Goddard spar over immigration, state budget
Discussion: Salon
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Economist Christina Romer serves up dismal news at her farewell luncheon  —  Lunch at the National Press Club on Wednesday caused some serious indigestion.  —  It wasn't the food; it was the entertainment.  Christina Romer, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers …
New York Post:
Dodge Charger owner upset vehicle crushed by suicidal fall  —  Tweet  —  Her car was crushed — and so is she.  —  A New Jersey woman is devastated that her precious sports car — just repaired and fully gassed up — was wrecked by a suicidal man's 40-story attempted death leap on the Upper West Side.
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Jennifer Gould Keil / New York Post:
Sketchy tax break for GZ imam ‘prayer pad’
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Who Is Christine O'Donnell?  —  In the wake of Joe Miller's upset over Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's GOP Senate primary, there's been a lot of buzz for Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who is challenging moderate GOP congressman Mike Castle in the September 14 primary.
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David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats unlikely to repeal tax cuts for the rich  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are poised to play a leading role this month in thwarting their party's effort to raise income tax rates on the wealthy.  —  Tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 expire at the end of this year.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence says Republican majority would move first to extend Bush tax cuts
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Sixty Days to Go  —  The Crystal Ball's Labor Day Predictions  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  For decades I've advised students to let the facts speak for themselves, while avoiding the indulgence of shouting at the facts.  In other words, we should take in …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Warren fuels speculation by dropping class  —  When fall classes began Wednesday at Harvard Law School, Elizabeth Warren was scheduled to be teaching contract law to first-year students.  But something happened on the way to the chalkboard.  —  “I'm writing to let you know that Professor Jerry Frug …
The Note:
Sen. McConnell: ‘We Can Do Business’ with Obama if He Moves to Center  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had his first one-on-one meeting with President Obama a few weeks ago, shortly before Congress broke for its summer recess.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABCNEWS
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Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Tim Cahill lashes out at Deval Patrick over remarks on Glenn Beck
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sues Arizona Sheriff Over Policing Probe  —  The Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County, accusing him and his agency of stonewalling a probe into policing practices that some call discriminatory against Hispanics.
Discussion: National Review and Gateway Pundit
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Justice Department sues Sheriff Joe
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Michael Scherer / Time:
How Barack Obama Became Mr. Unpopular  —  The Barack Obama that most Hoosiers remember voting for can still be found on YouTube.  He stands before a cheering Elkhart high school gymnasium in August 2008, tireless, aspirational, promising a new America of jobs and hope.
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
It's Important To Be Right  —  I previously expressed hope that Markos Moulitsas' American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right would be better than the publicity material suggested.  Jamelle Bouie read it for The American Prospect and reports back that it isn't.
Vanity Fair:
Rupert Murdoch's War On The New York Times  —  “I read the Journal a little less now.  I find that I can skim it in a way I couldn't before.  If the Journal is gaining market share I'd guess it is more at the expense of USA Today than the Times,” New York Times executive editor Bill Keller tells Vanity Fair writer Sarah Ellison.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The profound mystery of the “enthusiasm gap”  —  I'm somewhat pressed for time today, but wanted to note the following items, all of which are significant in their own right and, taken together, make an important point:  —  (1) Huffington Post's Sam Stein notes the increasing number …
The Right Scoop:
Sarah Palin has tough words for the MSM  —  In the first half this interview with Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin says that Republicans must ensure that the public understands that cutting taxes and getting the government out of the way is the best way to fix our economy and that they must communicate …
 
 
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Eyes on Hillary Clinton as She Leads Mideast Peace Talks
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Barbour To GOP: ‘Quit Acting’ …
Washington Post:
Karzai's brother calls for U.S. to shore up Kabul Bank as withdrawals accelerate
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ezra Klein:
Vacation cont'd  —  “It's true that American[s] have fewer …
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Outlook Dimming for Democrats
Discussion: Pundits Blog and Commentary
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CBS News Fires Back At “Perverse Hobby” Of “Ridiculous” Collapse Predictions
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
What Beck's up to  —  Per Glenn Beck, this post is by “The ONLY guy to actually get it!”
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obi-Wan: 'This Election Is Not About Obama. …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Cao: ‘I love the president’
The Huffington Post:
DGA Files Complaint Against Fox News For Illegal Contribution To GOP Candidate
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Sarah's Amazing Race
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog