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7:05 AM ET, September 3, 2010


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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.
The Politico:
Few options for Barack Obama on 9/11
Discussion: American Glob
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 …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats  —  FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama.  —  Enlarge This Image
Discussion: Hullabaloo, GayPatriot and FrumForum
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.)
Brewer takes heat for not addressing beheading claim
The Huffington Post:
Jan Brewer Starts Badly, Finishes Worse, In Last Night's Arizona …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin rips ‘impotent’ reporters  —  Sarah Palin on Thursday tore into “impotent, limp and gutless reporters” who quote anonymous sources criticizing her.  —  Though she did not name a story in particular, Palin seemed to be referencing a new Vanity Fair story on her that relies heavily …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Saying anything about Palin, cont'd
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New evidence undermines feds' case against Arizona  —  You've heard a lot about the Justice Department's lawsuit to stop the new Arizona immigration law.  But that's just one part of the Obama administration's multi-front war on immigration enforcement in Arizona.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
Justice Department lawyers sue Arizona sheriff in civil rights probe
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. sues controversial Arizona sheriff in civil-rights investigation
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 …
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Real Story  —  Next week, President Obama is scheduled to propose new measures to boost the economy.  I hope they're bold and substantive, since the Republicans will oppose him regardless — if he came out for motherhood, the G.O.P. would declare motherhood un-American.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
David Frum / FrumForum:
The Purge at Cato  —  The summer's biggest inside-Washington story was the abrupt and simultaneous departure of co-authors Brink Lindsey and Will Wilkinson from the Cato Institute.  —  Lindsey was Cato's vice president for research; Wilkinson a Cato scholar.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Chris Stirewalt /
Former Car Czar Rattner Rats on Obama  —  Former Obama administration car czar Steven Rattner is coming out with a new book that depicts him swashbuckling through the financial crisis and also shows Obama as “out to get” the car companies and the administration making political decisions …
Ace /
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”?
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Gulf oil platform explodes, burning off La. coast
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.
Discussion: The Agonist and
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Employers Push Costs for Health on Workers  —  As health care costs continue their relentless climb, companies are increasingly passing on higher premium costs to workers.  —  The shift is occurring, policy analysts and others say, as employers feel more pressure from the weak economy …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Quantifying the Enthusiasm Gap  —  We hear about the enthusiasm gap all the time, usually in pretty abstract terms.  Here it is in black and white: in 10 key races for Senate and Governor in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, and Missouri it's costing Democratic candidates …
Discussion: Moe Lane, MyDD and Salon
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.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Argument by Analogy, Cont.
New York Times:
New Yorkers Want Islamic Center Moved, Poll Finds  —  Two-thirds of New York City residents want a planned Muslim community center and mosque to be relocated to a less controversial site farther away from ground zero in Lower Manhattan, including many who say they favor the project, according to a New York Times poll.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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: Michelle Malkin and Gateway Pundit
Rich Thomaselli / AdAge:
FTC Subpoenas 48 Food Companies Regarding Marketing to Kids
Citizen Group Launches Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign to Stop Higher Energy Taxes  —  (Alexandria, VA) - The 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) today launched an over $4 million national television and radio advertising campaign to oppose efforts from federal officials that would increase taxes on American energy companies.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Felix Salmon:
Microfinance datapoints of the day  —  Here's three takes on microfinance, all from the past month:  — Indian microfinance lender SKS goes public, raising $358 million and making its founder dynastically wealthy.  The decision was controversial, and was largely responsible …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
BP Says Limits on Drilling Imperil Oil Spill Payouts  —  BP is warning Congress that if lawmakers pass legislation that bars the company from getting new offshore drilling permits, it may not have the money to pay for all the damages caused by its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
James Lee is Al Gore is Prince Charles is the Unabomber  —  Al Gore's Church of Climatism has claimed a new glorious martyr.  His name is James Lee - the Discovery channel attempted eco-suicide-bomber - and if he'd had his way he wouldn't have been the only one who ended up in the great recycling bin in the sky.
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National Review:
Caddell on the Midterm Elections
Discussion: Hot Air and The New Republic
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
To Summarize, Bunches and Bunches of House Democrat Incumbents Trail.
Wall Street Journal:
If Saddam Had Stayed
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and Cold Fury
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The GOP's new fake racial history
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Newsweek's Big Name Economics Editor, Dan Gross …
Jerry Cope / The Huffington Post:
No Safe Harbor on Gulf Coast; Human Blood Tests Show Dangerous Levels …
Gang Members Blast City, Police Policies
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Frank: GOP thinks Obama inauguration ranks with 9/11 as national tragedy
Judge removes ‘birther’ elements from Army doc's court martial
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
Discovery Gunman James Lee's Sordid Past as a Human Smuggler
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Fate of the Tea Parties
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Karzai urges Afghans not to panic as bank withdrawals accelerate
Discussion: Jihad Watch