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12:45 PM ET, September 2, 2010

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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  —  Dr. Christina Romer's economic speech today, marking her last speech as an administration official, is an admission that the fiscal stimulus package that she helped craft has failed.  —  Calling the economic recovery “insufficient”, she noted that a .6% drop …
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
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Rescue efforts under way after oil rig explosion in Gulf  —  [Posted at 11:53 a.m.] U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough tells CNN that 12 people from the rig are in the water immersion suits as they await rescue.  —  Colclough told CNN there are reports the rig is still on fire.
Discussion: The Hill and Left Coast Rebel
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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. …
Associated Press:
Coast Guard Reports Blast on Rig in Gulf of Mexico
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
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Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Tim Cahill lashes out at Deval Patrick over remarks on Glenn Beck  —  Independent gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill blasted Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday for appearing to suggest he wished America wasn't as free so that last week's Glenn Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Has Rupert Murdoch's paywall gamble paid off?
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Gunman's Environmental Grudges Well Known Before Discovery Channel Hostage Standoff  —  James Jay Lee wasn't a stranger to the Discovery Channel employees he terrorized Wednesday with a gun and with what appeared to be makeshift bombs strapped to his chest and back.
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Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Will the media call the Silver Spring/Discovery Channel gunman …
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.)
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
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 …
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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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
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.
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.
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
Diane Macedo / Fox News:
Scientist's Firing After 36 Years Fuels ‘PC’ Debate at UCLA  —  A longtime professor at UCLA, told that he would not be rehired because his “research is not aligned with the academic mission” of his department, says he's being fired after 36 years at the prestigious school because his scientific beliefs are “politically incorrect.”
Discussion: Moonbattery and American Power
Paul Revoir / Daily Mail:
Yes, BBC was biased: Director General Mark Thompson admits a ‘massive’ lean to Left  —  BBC Director General Mark Thompson has admitted the corporation was guilty of a ‘massive’ Left-wing bias in the past.  —  The TV chief also admitted there had been a ‘struggle’ to achieve impartiality …
Discussion: Biased BBC
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina battle hard in first Senate debate  —  Candidates discuss hot topics from the economy to climate change to abortion.  Boxer gives scathing critiques of Fiorina's record as Hewlett-Packard CEO and Fiorina calls Boxer ‘bitterly partisan.’
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Sarah's Amazing Race  —  Sarah Palin is going to Iowa to be the headliner at a Republican fund-raiser.  In the state that will be the first to hold a contest in the 2012 presidential campaign, even if it has to do it in 2011.  —  Her staff says this means nothing whatsoever, but let us acknowledge that Palin is on a roll.
Paul Krugman:
The Inflation Cure  —  Ken Rogoff is proposing — not for the first time — that the United States use a burst of inflation to get out of its slump.  My reaction is a mix of agreement and exasperation.  I agree that higher inflation would help; my exasperation comes from Rogoff's offhandedness about the whole thing.
 
 
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Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Ladies Nights aren't sexist to men; Court of Appeals rejects …
Discussion: Shakesville and JammieWearingFool
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Seeks More Input on Wireless Internet Rules
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Michael Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Summer of Economic Discontent
Discussion: Commentary
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem Sen. Bayh: Fall elections will be of ‘comparable magnitude’ to 1994, 1980
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence says Republican majority would move first to extend Bush tax cuts
Discussion: GOP 12 and HotAirPundit
Washington Times:
Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers
Discussion: CNSNews, Michelle Malkin and Examiner
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Chilean miners requests for alcohol and cigarettes turned down by Nasa
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Illegal Immigration to U.S. Slows Sharply
Discussion: Jay Bookman and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
This is so the worst thing you're going to read all day.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
NO SIGNS AT THE 911 GROUND ZERO MEGA MOSQUE RALLY — FLAGS!
NY Daily News:
Charles Rangel foe Adam Clayton Powell took campaign cash from ex-con …
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
ADL'S Abe Foxman denounces anti-mosque rally as ‘un-American’