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Achenblog: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Friday's random notes

I'm sure every boodler saw that headline, "Abbas flies home to violent opposition," and had the same thought, which is: They weren't THAT awful of a band, even if "Dancing Queen" is pretty atrocious. World's largest bowl of beans:...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 3, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (368)
 
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New oil rig fire in gulf

Here's a site with a photo of the oil platform -- Vermilion Oil Rig 380 -- on fire. (Via the Houston Chronicle.) To review: Mariner Energy has a rig in 340 feet of water about 100 miles south of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 2, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Men behaving badly

Bad-boy tennis players have been a traditional American manufactured item for decades, with Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe serving as the '57 Chevy and '65 Mustang of the fleet. Last night we saw at the U.S. Open a classic...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 2, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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Turning the page

Not exactly a battle cry, not exactly "Mission Accomplished," but what President Obama said last night about the Iraq War seemed politically nuanced and appropriately laudatory of the efforts of the troops and the sacrifice of those who didn't...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 1, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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Competitive Vacation Review

People are trickling back into the office, and now comes the period of Competitive Vacation Review. People say, "How was your vacation?" or "Where did you go this summer?" But what they're thinking is: "Let me tell you about...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 31, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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When the boss visits

One of the strangest, quirkiest, most puzzling elements of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is that the bosses came to visit that day. This has gotten very little attention until the past week, when several testified. Did they change the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 30, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
 
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Katrina plus five

I was in Toyko, my first and only trip to Asia, when Katrina hit, and rather than wander that exotic place I spent many hours in the hotel room, watching CNN and monitoring Web sites, rapt and horrified like...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 29, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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