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3:20 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 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.
msnbc.com:   Mile-long sheen after Gulf oil platform explodes
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Another rig catches fire in the Gulf
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
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
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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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 …
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
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 …
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Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Tim Cahill lashes out at Deval Patrick over remarks on Glenn Beck
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
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.
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:
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.
 
 
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Outlook Dimming for Democrats
Discussion: Pundits Blog and Commentary
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. …
Jody Hope Strogoff / Colorado Statesman:
Pressure mounting on GOP candidate Maes to withdraw from guv race
The Right Scoop:
Sarah Palin has tough words for the MSM
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and GOP 12
Joe Dashiell / WDBJ-TV:
Poll: Republican Robert Hurt continues to show commanding lead in 5th District
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Cao: ‘I love the president’
The Huffington Post:
DGA Files Complaint Against Fox News For Illegal Contribution To GOP Candidate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Scott Wong / The Politico:
14th Amendment causes GOP split
Discussion: Think Progress
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem Sen. Bayh: Fall elections will be of ‘comparable magnitude’ to 1994, 1980
Discussion: Wonkette and Weigel
Washington Times:
Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Sarah's Amazing Race
NY Daily News:
Charles Rangel foe Adam Clayton Powell took campaign cash from ex-con …