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Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Coast Guard: Platform explodes in Gulf; 13 workers rescued  —  [Updated at 12:48 p.m.] David Reed, a paramedic on board the Rowan Gorilla II oil rig located 14 miles from the platform that exploded told submitted an iReport saying he saw all thirteen workers rescued from the water.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Mediaite
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Associated Press:
Coast Guard Reports Blast on Rig in Gulf of Mexico  —  NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — An offshore petroleum rig exploded and was burning Friday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay.  —  The Coast Guard says no one was killed in the explosion, which was reported …
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. …
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.
WAFB-TV:
Oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico
Discussion: Firedoglake
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: Balloon Juice
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 …
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Tim Mak / FrumForum:
Romer: My Plan Failed
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and National Review
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Chief economist calls on Congress to ‘finish the job of economic recovery’
Discussion: Wonk Room and Firedoglake
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 …
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Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Tim Cahill lashes out at Deval Patrick over remarks on Glenn Beck
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’
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 …
Categories / WGMD.COM:
Dan Gaffney Audio: Christine O'Donnell for Senate Interview  —  With just days left before her primary election day challenge against Mike Castle (R) here is the complete interview with Christine O'Donnell (R) from today's Dan Gaffney Show.  —  2 Responses  —  O'Donnell Can't Take the Spotlight : Delaware Liberal says:
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Tea Party Express' First TV Ad in Delaware
Discussion: Boot Mike Castle
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Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Will the media call the Silver Spring/Discovery Channel gunman …
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.
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: CNN, Hot Air and The Page
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
Obama is Not a Muslim  —  The nonsense about President Obama being a Muslim has got to stop.  I rise to defend him from this absurd accusation by pointing out that he is obviously an atheist.  —  Leave aside Obama's fanatical opposition to allowing Illinois hospitals to save the lives …
Discussion: Macsmind, Hot Air and Shakesville
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David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama is too a Christian  —  Ann Coulter's column today argues …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Instapundit
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Sec. Clinton warns of ‘setbacks’ as Middle East peace talks begin  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States will be “an active and sustained” partner in helping Israelis and Palestinians make peace, as direct talks between the two sides began Thursday morning at the State Department.
Discussion: The Politico
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Quinnipiac University:
Lazio Up 12 Pts.  In New York GOP Primary For Governor, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dems Still Don't Know Who's Running For Attorney General  —  Former Congressman Rick Lazio leads businessman Carl Paladino 47 - 35 percent among New York State Republican likely primary voters in the race for Governor …
Karl E. Case / New York Times:
A Dream House After All  —  IF you read the coverage of the latest figures on the sales of existing homes from the National Association of Realtors, you may well have come to the conclusion that the American dream is dead.  It is indeed worrisome that sales in July were down 25 percent from a year ago.
Streetsblog New York City:
Shoup to O'Toole: The Market for Parking Is Anything But Free  —  We're reprinting this reply [PDF] from UCLA professor Donald Shoup, author of the High Cost of Free Parking, to Randal O'Toole, the libertarian Cato Institute senior fellow who refuses to acknowledge the role …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
14th Amendment causes GOP split  —  The push by congressional Republicans to deny automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants has opened up a split in the GOP, with several former Bush administration officials warning that the party could lose its claim to one of its proudest legacies: the 14th Amendment.
Discussion: Think Progress
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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Paul Revoir / Daily Mail:
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