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2:40 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.
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The Politico:
Few options for Barack Obama on 9/11  —  Every year it's a challenge for the White House: how to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  This year is especially awkward, given the controversy around President Barack Obama's remarks in support of an Islamic cultural center …
Discussion: American Glob
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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CNN:
Brewer takes heat for not addressing beheading claim
The Huffington Post:
Jan Brewer Starts Badly, Finishes Worse, In Last Night's Arizona …
Discussion: Mr. Media Training
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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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.
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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 …
New York Times:
BP Says Limits on Drilling Imperil Oil Spill Payouts
Washington Post:
Blast on gulf oil rig injures 1 worker
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Salon and Achenblog
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
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.
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.
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Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
FTC Suspects Chuck E. Cheese of Marketing to Children
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Gateway Pundit
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.
Chris Stirewalt / FoxNews.com:
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 …
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 and MyDD
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
NTU:
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
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 …
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
Forbes:
V-Shaped Dreams Evaporate  —  The U.S. must brace itself for a long period of below-potential growth.  —  The curtain has opened on Act II of our “Year of Two Halves”—RGE's theme since the end of 2009—with the slowdown forecast for H2 2010 getting here a bit earlier than expected.
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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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The New Republic and Hot Air
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
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Wall Street Journal:
If Saddam Had Stayed
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and Cold Fury
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Newsweek's Big Name Economics Editor, Dan Gross …
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. sues controversial Arizona sheriff in civil-rights investigation
WBBM-TV:
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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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The profound mystery of the “enthusiasm gap”
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
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