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10:20 PM ET, September 2, 2010

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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 …
CNN:
Brewer takes heat for not addressing beheading claim  —  A frustrated Brewer wouldn't answer reporter's questions about her beheading statement.  —  (CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer sparred with her Democratic opponent in an at-times contentious debate Wednesday night, but it was what the Arizona Republican …
The Huffington Post:
Jan Brewer Starts Badly, Finishes Worse, In Last Night's Arizona …
Aharding / CNN:
Hillary Clinton for president ad hits airwaves  —  A new ad advocating for Hillary Clinton for president in 2012 began running in New Orleans Wednesday.  —  (CNN) - We've still got two months left until the 2010 midterm elections, but we now have our first television commercial of the 2012 presidential campaign.
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The Politico:   Few options for Barack Obama on 9/11
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Eyes on Hillary Clinton as She Leads Mideast Peace Talks
Discussion: Political Punch and FrumForum
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
One Day Before Its Gulf Oil Rig Exploded, Mariner Energy Said Obama ‘Is Trying To Break Us’ With Moratorium  —  The U.S. Coast Guard said this morning that a natural gas and oil drilling platform exploded 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana.  A Coast Guard spokesperson said the platform …
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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
Leslie Eaton / Wall Street Journal:
Oil Platform Fire Still Burning in Gulf
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Saying anything about Palin, cont'd  —  I generally avoid playing press critic, knowing that I live in a particularly fragile glass house and that good reporters make mistakes.  —  But the Vanity Fair piece on Sarah Palin is so emblematic of much that's wrong about the way she's covered …
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Aharding / CNN:
Alaska win boosts Palin win-loss tally
Discussion: The Politico
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House considering major tax breaks for businesses, sources say  —  With the recovery faltering less than two months before the November congressional elections, President Obama's economic team is considering another big dose of stimulus in the form of tax breaks for businesses …
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Ace / minx.cc:
Stay Classy, Christine O'Donnell  —  She didn't make the charge; a firm employed by her did.  She's not commenting. … She cannot win in Delaware, which is usually among the ten most Democratic states in the union.  Allow me to be a little elistist — what in this odd biography says “serious candidate for Senator”?
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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.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Argument by Analogy, Cont.
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:
Stephen Hawking: God didn't create universe  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.  —  Hawking says in his book “The Grand Design” that, given the existence of gravity …
The Onion:
8.4 Million New Yorkers Suddenly Realize New York City A Horrible Place To Live  —  'We're Getting The Hell Out Of This Sewer,' Entire Populace Reports  —  NEW YORK—At 4:32 p.m. Tuesday, every single resident of New York City decided to evacuate the famed metropolis, having realizing …
The Huffington Post:
What I Learned Behind the Lines of the Anti-Obama Backlash  —  What's Your Reaction: … Last March, the week that the health care reform was signed into law, I plopped down on a sofa and watched Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck for an hour with two of his biggest fans.
Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
FTC Suspects Chuck E. Cheese of Marketing to Children  —  The eagle-eyed regulators at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have a sneaking suspicion that a company offering disgusting pizza, animatronic human-sized mice, and a ball pit may be trying to appeal to children.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Michelle Malkin
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Rich Thomaselli / AdAge:
FTC Subpoenas 48 Food Companies Regarding Marketing to Kids
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The GOP's new fake racial history  —  Almost 50 years ago, the Republican Party made a decision to embrace the backlash generated by civil rights among white Southerners.  —  Traditionally, they had been staunch Democrats, but they were also culturally conservative, and as Lyndon Johnson …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pam Key / The Blaze:
KEY OBAMA ALLY WORKS WITH SOCIALISTS FOR GLOBAL TAX  —  “It is possible for us to get a financial tax around the world.”  —  FREELANCER  —  The New Mafia.... I'm sure that none of these people will take a cut of what they take from the evil capitalists.  We had better stop these thugs …
Jerry Cope / The Huffington Post:
No Safe Harbor on Gulf Coast; Human Blood Tests Show Dangerous Levels of Toxic Exposure  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Even as BP and US government officials continue to declare the oil spill over at Mississippi Canyon 252 and the cleanup operation an unqualified success …
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.
Washington Post:
Karzai's brother calls for U.S. to shore up Kabul Bank as withdrawals accelerate  —  DUBAI - As depositors thronged branches of Afghanistan's biggest bank, Mahmoud Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a major shareholder in beleaguered Kabul Bank called on Thursday for intervention …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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 …
Michael Scherer / Time:
Obama Unpopular Ahead of Midterms: Will the GOP Benefit?  —  President Obama, during a town-hall meeting with young African leaders in the East Room of the White House on Aug. 3, 2010  —  The Barack Obama that most Hoosiers remember voting for can still be found on YouTube.
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. sues controversial Arizona sheriff in civil-rights investigation  —  Justice Department officials say Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio failed to turn over documents in a probe of his agency's immigration enforcement operations.  Among his tactics are ‘sweeps’ of immigrant-heavy neighborhoods.
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Newsweek's Big Name Economics Editor, Dan Gross, Is Headed To Yahoo Finance  —  Dan Gross, Newsweek's economics editor, is leaving the magazine, The Wire has learned.  He's headed to Yahoo Finance.  —  Yahoo has been on something of an editorial hiring spree this year, ramping up its original content efforts.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Frank: GOP thinks Obama inauguration ranks with 9/11 as national tragedy  —  Democrat mocks Republicans at California event, saying party has suffered from “massive amnesia” since Obama was sworn in.  —  Republicans act as if President Obama's inauguration ranks with Pearl Harbor and 9/11 …
 
 
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