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2:10 PM ET, September 2, 2010

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Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Coast Guard: Platform on fire in Gulf; 13 workers rescued  —  [Updated at 1:05 p.m.] Mariner Energy, owner of the production platform, said in a press release that no hydrocarbon spill has been reported after an initial flyover of the incident.  —  “Mariner has notified and is working …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Mediaite
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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.
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. …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
One Day Before Its Gulf Oil Rig Exploded, Mariner Energy Said Obama …
WAFB-TV:
Oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Times
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
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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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Departing Obama adviser urges more stimulus
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 …
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
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
Discussion: GOP 12 and HotAirPundit
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.
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:
Rich Thomaselli / AdAge:
FTC Subpoenas 48 Food Companies Regarding Marketing to Kids  —  Follow-up to 2008 Report Unlikely to Lead to More Regulation  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The Federal Trade Commission is once again handing out subpoenas to companies that market food to children and teens.
Joe Dashiell / WDBJ-TV:
Poll: Republican Robert Hurt continues to show commanding lead in 5th District  —  Compared to an identical survey six weeks ago, Hurt has increased his lead over Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello by three points.  — News7 SurveyUSA poll results  —  A new poll in the 5th District …
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell says he's locked up the votes to remain GOP leader  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday he's confident he will remain in that position when new senators head to Washington next year.  —  McConnell, who's served as Senate GOP leader since early 2007 …
Discussion: The Politico
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Cao: ‘I love the president’  —  Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) said he loves President Obama on a personal level, and believes that the president likes him very much, too.  —  Cao, a Republican elected in 2008 in a heavily Democratic district in New Orleans, said that he gets along …
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.
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.’
The Huffington Post:
DGA Files Complaint Against Fox News For Illegal Contribution To GOP Candidate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Keeping up its war with Fox News, the Democratic Governors Association on Thursday filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission accusing the network of making an illegal …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
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Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Washington Times:
Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers
Discussion: CNSNews, Michelle Malkin and Examiner
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Has Rupert Murdoch's paywall gamble paid off?
NY Daily News:
Charles Rangel foe Adam Clayton Powell took campaign cash from ex-con …
Diane Macedo / Fox News:
Scientist's Firing After 36 Years Fuels ‘PC’ Debate at UCLA
Discussion: Moonbattery and American Power
Paul Revoir / Daily Mail:
Yes, BBC was biased: Director General Mark Thompson admits a ‘massive’ lean to Left
Discussion: Biased BBC