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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 …
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.
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.
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. …
New York Times:
Oil Sheen Seen Near Damaged Platform in Gulf of Mexico  —  NEW ORLEANS — An oil sheen one mile long was spotted on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico hours after an offshore oil platform exploded there on Thursday morning, the United States Coast Guard said.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Another rig catches fire in the Gulf
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
msnbc.com:   Mile-long sheen after Gulf oil platform explodes
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:
TRENDING: Brewer takes heat for not addressing beheading claim
Discussion: Washington Post
David Catanese / The Politico:
Brewer trips in debate with Goddard
Discussion: Think Progress and Gawker
Kos / Daily Kos:
AZ-Gov: Jan Brewer's rough debate outing
Discussion: Swing State Project
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’
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 …
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
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 …
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: Gateway Pundit
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Justice Department sues Sheriff Joe
Discussion: Red Dog Report
The Note:
Sen. McConnell: ‘I Already Have the Votes to be Re-Elected as Republican Leader’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today brushed aside suggestions that he might be challenged for his leadership post next year, declaring on ABC/Washington Post's …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell says he's locked up the votes to remain GOP leader
Discussion: The Note, The Politico and ABCNEWS
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
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Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Tim Cahill lashes out at Deval Patrick over remarks on Glenn Beck
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.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty defends 2012 travel  —  After catching flack over a poll showing that a majority of his state wouldn't support him for president, Minnesota GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty is defending his frequent out of state travel.  —  Asked about a Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent and The Page
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:
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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Ezra Klein:
Vacation cont'd  —  “It's true that American[s] have fewer …
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Outlook Dimming for Democrats
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The profound mystery of the “enthusiasm gap”
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!”
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obi-Wan: 'This Election Is Not About Obama. …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Cao: ‘I love the president’
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Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Sarah's Amazing Race
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